Posted By QEII National Trust | August 3, 2019

QEII National Trust is deeply saddened by the death of former QEII Chair and all round good bloke, Sir Brian Lochore.

James Guild, Chair QEII National Trust says “Sir Brian is a great loss to New Zealand, and leaves a strong legacy behind in private land conservation.”

Sir Brian Lochore was Chair of the QEII National Trust for 8 years. Guild says “Sir Brian Lochore has left many legacies during his lifetime of service but one of the most enduring will be the nearly 2,000 special parts of New Zealand he helped place under permanent protection during his eight years of chairing QEII National Trust. Those living, growing taonga will be here forever – a permanent memorial to an outstanding New Zealander who used his mana to benefit his country in many ways.”

Current QEII board member and former All Black captain, Graham Mourie reflected on Sir Brian Lochore “BJ has always been an inspirational figure. I have always admired the role he played in QEII and his commitment to the QEII community. Sir Brian’s passing is a huge loss to New Zealand, rugby and the farming community.”

Sir Brian Lochore and his wife, Pam with James Guild (current QEII Chair), at QEII event, October 2018 Photo Credit Malcolm Pullman

QEII Wairarapa regional representative Trevor Thompson says “Sir Brian was the QEII Board Chair when I started at QEII and I have always been proud to say I was on ‘Brian Lahore’s team’.  On a QEII trip to a remote hill country farm, I remember him telling me how he never tired of seeing the back country of the Wairarapa. His genuine interest in people of the land and his easy communication style made him friends and earnt him respect wherever he went.”

Sir Brian served his province and his nation incredibly well, but I will always remember him as a classic man of the land who I could say g’day to in the RSA. Sir Brian you will be greatly missed by all who knew you,” says Trevor Thompson.

Sir Brian Lochore (right) with Brian Molloy (left), March 2004

James Guild says “we were lucky enough to have Sir Brian and Pam attend our event with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year. It was lovely to be able to recognise his commitment and contribution to QEII by having him with us for that day. Prince Harry was viably touched at meeting such a legend.”

“The QEII family are all deeply saddened by his passing.”