Colleagues, family members, friends and former students gathered on Sunday, 21 August at Greendale Reserve, Otaihanga, to plant 60 native trees in honour of Graeme Kennedy, who passed away in May this year.
Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane.
Graeme was Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington from 1982 until his retirement in 2004. He was also director of the English Language Institute from 1982 – 1993, director of the Deaf Studies Research Unit from 1994 – 2001, and director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre from 1997 to 2004.
His main research interests were in second language acquisition theory, the corpus-based description of English, pedagogical grammar, Deaf Studies, including New Zealand Sign Language lexicography, and New Zealand English lexicography.
The tree planting was a wonderful way to show our affection and respect for Graeme, and to remember a man who was committed to native forest regeneration projects at Otaihanga and elsewhere.