The objectives of the foundation are
- To assist people of all ages to attend outdoor education programmes and/or to experience New Zealandâ€™s southern national parks and conservation areas, with particular preference given to young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity due to circumstance and financial ability.
- Assist in the establishment and running of outdoor education facilities and programmes and in conservation efforts & research in Southland, Fiordland National Park World Heritage Area, Stewart Island and the New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands.
â€śAs a fellow campaigner with Les for the â€śSave Manapouri (and Te Anau) Campaignâ€ť, and later, as fellow, Government-appointedÂ Guardian of the Fiordland Lakes, I witnessed first hand his passion for the unique natural heritage ofÂ New Zealand, and particularly its southern regions. Les was also appointed (nominee of the Minister of Tourism) to the New Zealand Conservation Authority through its early formative years, an organization with responsibility for overseeing conservation planning and policy development for all of the countryâ€™s public conservation lands. Les made significant contributions and was in his element in such roles. It was his wish that this work continued and as such he established the Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundationâ€ťÂ
- Alan F. Mark FRSNZ, CBE, KNZM. Emeritus Professor, University of Otago.