Giant of the forest dies

KAURI KING: John Hogan.
KAURI KING: John Hogan.

John Hogan, the man who set up the Three Streams/Kauri Grove project planting kauri on three Albany reserves, died on December 2 aged 97.

He spent more than 40 years planting kauri on a previous pine plantation and poultry farm he had owned since 1969, gifting it to the people of Auckland through the former North Shore City Council in 2004. It is now home to more than 500 kauri, the tallest reaching 15 metres.

Three Streams was designated a scenic reserve in 1974 and received the first former Auckland Regional Council environmental award for stewardship in 2000.

Mr Hogan celebrated his 95th birthday there in April 2011.

Kauri Grove was obtained by the council from the Hobson property development in 1996, and Serenity Reserve was retained for a walkway from The Avenue residential and commercial development into Three Streams. He pushed for such links between reserves to allow visitors of all ages to seek the outdoor experience.

Mr Hogan devoted much of his life to environmental work and received the Queen's Commemorative Medal for services to the environment in 1990. He worked with the Tree Council and was visited by friend and high profile environmentalist and botanist David Bellamy in 2009.

A celebration of his life is on Monday at St Michael's Catholic Church, 6 Beatrice Rd, Remuera, 11am.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Friends of the Three Streams Trust.

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