Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.
Charles Fleming (1916 – 1987)
A leading scientific figure and active participant in forming the Ornithological Society of New Zealand, Sir Charles Fleming dedicated his life to researching and advocating for the preservation of New Zealand flora and fauna. As a geologist, ornithologist, avian palaeontologist and environmentalist, Charles contributed greatly to the research of New Zealand’s cicadas, diverse birdlife, and ocean environment.
Charles spent nearly all his free time exploring his natural science interests with immense curiosity and commitment. He regularly published scientific papers of significance and was a lifelong supporter of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
His passion for the New Zealand environment naturally led Charles to conservation. His success was fuelled by an ability to cross interdisciplinary boundaries and communicate his findings beyond the scientific community. This combination of skills made him an impactful spokesperson for the Native Forest Action Council and the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.
His legacy lives on through his extensively published research and in New Zealand’s thriving natural environment. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement honours his memory. Read more about his quick-wit, generosity, and enthusiasm for the environment in Charles Fleming, Environmental Patriot: A Biography by Mary McEwen.