Jim Lynch: Author Talk

Author Talk: Jim Lynch: Zealandia - The Valley That Changed a Nation


Where: Victoria University Wellington, Kelburn campus, Alan MacDiarmid AMLT106  

When: Wednesday 22nd July, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join Vic Books and Jim Lynch, the founder of Zealandia, for a seminar at the Kelburn campus this week. 


2020 is a year of anniversaries for Wellington’s Zealandia – New Zealand’s very first eco-sanctuary.  It is thirty years since ‘Natural Wellington’ kicked off the greening of Wellington, twenty-five years since the Karori Sanctuary Trust was launched , twenty-one years since the world first predator-proof fence was built and twenty years since kiwi were released into Wellington City.  How does reality match up to the original vision and what is still to come?

In this seminar, Jim Lynch (the founder of Zealandia) describes how the novel idea for a fenced community eco-sanctuary was conceived and the trials, tribulations and successes that followed in building something that had never been attempted before. He covers the biological, social and economic impacts that Zealandia has had on the city and nation and looks ahead to what still needs to be done.


About Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch arrived in Wellington in 1981 and founded a successful management systems design business. An award-winning cartoonist and business innovator, Jim brought his foresight and business skills to bear on the local conservation scene with immediate and considerable results.

Jim was awarded two “Absolutely Positively Wellington” awards; for Natural Wellington in 1997 and for Zealandia in 2000. That year he was a finalist in the ‘Wellingtonian of the Year” awards and in 2001 received a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to conservation.

Jim is now the Founder Vice-Patron of Zealandia and spends his time enjoying the valley, reflecting on how wonderful it is to have your dreams come true and thinking of what needs to be done next to save our beleaguered natural world.