Sir Edmund Hillary
Sunday 13th January, 2008It was with sadness we learnt of Sir Edmund's passing (11.01.08). He was a true New Zealand icon, although he himself did not like that designation.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust has very fond memories of our association with him through our own iconic species - the yellow-eyed penguin. Founding trustees remember his and Lady June Hillary's visit to Dunedin when the new $5 note was first launched, followed by a luncheon and a visit to a local penguin beach. We all sat on a rather large log and soaked up the conversation and vista on a lovely afternoon.
In those early days of our formation, we were a totally voluntary trust. Now, 20 years on, we are in the privileged position to employ seven people (five full-time equivalents). This growth in part is due to the publicity from promotions such as that of the $5 note, highlighting both of these NZ treasures.
Sir Edmund will be remembered by the Trust for his generosity in lending his support to our appeal for donations to commemorate the issue of the $5 note.