On Friday the 10th of February we lost conservation stalwart Robert Woolf, who passed away unexpectedly after being struck by a train at the level crossing in West Auckland's Glen Eden. He wasn't ready to go and we weren't ready to say good-bye.

He was quirky and funny and forthright. He was passionate about the environment and was one of the founding members of the Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance. He sat on our committee, but also on a number of others including Friends of Whatipū, Forest & Bird Waitākere, Friends of Regional Parks and the former Waitākere Ranges Conservation Network. He was a member of the Whau Wildlink Network and U3A, helped out at Vision West and volunteered at Ark in the Park.

He was a keen networker, an intellect, a very dear friend. His loss is keenly felt.