We proudly proclaim the Patron of Friends of Flora is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and now administrator of the United Nations Development Program – Helen Clark.
Helen was Prime Minister from 1999 – 2008. She was Minister of Conservation under the David Lange administration, from August 1987 to February 1989, in which she travelled throughout New Zealand, visiting many of our special places. She always retained a close interest in the portfolio, including when she was Prime Minister. Helen grew up on her family’s farm at Te Pahu on the edge of Pirongia Forest Park, as it then was, and from her earliest years, spent time in NZ’s native bush.
From that time, Helen learnt much about our natural biota and the danger we were in of losing what we have left. As well as showing a concern, and a need for the conservation of our precious flora and fauna, she also has an affinity with our very own Kahurangi National Park, having walked the Heaphy Track in 2003.