John Bolton Novis 22 September 1954 - 7 January 2021

Authors: Paul Lane, Rob Miller, Alan Reid, Kay Shapland, Parnell Trost
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2021, Issue N.Z.J.For. 66(1) 2021, pp 38-39, May 2021
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: John epitomised the values that many of us seek to achieve, but can never fully attain – with his strong professional and personal ethics, his desire to get to the heart of a problem, and ensuring that family comes first. Anyone who worked with him for any length of time recognised his dedication to the forestry sector and to supporting the industry through sound and reasoned policy and planning. John was not afraid to take a contradictory position if he thought the evidence did not support a particular approach, but he also agreed with Einstein that imagination is needed to make the big leaps.