A man of vision and a tireless advocate for native plants and habitats
The Tasman Environmental Trust was initiated by the late Martin Conway to answer the need for an independent environmental agency with legal standing which could reflect government and community aspirations for the local environment. He also founded the Titoki native plant nursery which he operated with his wife Jo for well over 20 years.
Highly aware of the impoverished character of the Waimea Plains, Martin was a strong advocate for restoring populations of locally threatened plants.
He supported the creation of the Waimea River Park and activities to improve the native character of damaged ecosystems such as Pearl Creek. Martin was tireless in his advocacy of native plants and the protection of their natural habitats.
Sadly, Martin died in 2011 but the Trust’s existence, and its continuing focus on riparian ecosystems is one of his lasting legacies.