New Year Honour for Di Lucas

Di Lucas was ‘gobsmacked’ when she got the letter informing her she would be awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the new year honour’s list

For renowned landscape architect Di Lucas, being named in this year's New Year honours list was not something she had anticipated and she’s found it a bit overwhelming.

Di’s the founder of Lucas Associates, which specialises in landscape and environmental planning, and she was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for her services to conservation over many decades.

She says she got the letter late last year and was gobsmacked. “it’s specifically for my conservation work. It’s because I have been beavering away for a long time in an environmental capacity with a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. It’s nice to have that recognition.”.

Di laughs when asked if the award is going to change anything for her. She is adamant it won’t but adds she’s getting all sorts of messages from people, “including curtsies, bows and doffing,” she says.

Posted on 18/01/2019 by NZILA New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects |