Old Boys in the News: Dugald MacTavish QSM (#1763) 1961 – 1969

Monday 12th August 2019

For services to conservation and the environment.

Dugald MacTavish QSM
Dugald MacTavish QSM

Dugald MacTavish, a trained geohydrologist and water engineer, has volunteered his time and expertise to support conservation and sustainability organisations in New Zealand over several decades.

In 1998, Mr MacTavish started the Dunedin branch of Oxfam Water-for-Survival, a New Zealand charity that fundraises for water-supply and sanitation in developing countries. In 2003, he helped form Waitaki First Society to oppose Project Aqua, and in 2005, the Lower Waitaki River Management Society, providing hydrological expertise and evidence at hearings on behalf of the Society. From 2006 to 2007, he initiated Sustainable Dunedin City and the Hampden Community Energy Societies, both of which focus on enhancing community resilience. Under his chairmanship, the Hampden society operates Hampden Waste Transfer Station, raising funds for local projects from a recycling shop, one being the purchase of an electric car for shared community use. In 2013, he helped establish the Wise Response Society, a coalition of academics and other NGOs that advocates planning for approaching natural resource limits, like fossil energy, carbon dioxide, freshwater and the socio-economic implications. As national secretary, Mr MacTavish has dedicated many hours to building the Society's national network, organising regional seminars and workshops and helping prepare its submissions to Councils, the Environment Court and to Parliament. (https://dpmc.govt.nz/honours/lists/qb2019-qsm#mactavishdu)

“What I really reckon is lovely is that in the last few months there’s been this tremendous upsurge of youth coming out en masse demanding that sort of change towards resilience, and going away from the development-centred focus that we’ve had around individual gain,” Mr MacTavish (68) said. “That’s a massively positive sign.”

“I don’t know how many stirrers like me get these kind of awards, but if it helps with that in any way at all, then it’s good.” (Source: Hamish McLean Oamaru Mail, June 7, 2019)