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While the Te Anau fisherman, conservationist, community advocate and family man died last year, on the first day of lockdown, his work on the Manapouri Lake Control Fish Pass was recognised this week.
Family members from near and not-so-near gathered at the Mararoa Weir site on Tuesday, where his wife of 68 years unveiled a memorial plaque.
‘‘I’d never have survived without my family.’’
He managed the passage from the time it was installed until his health stopped him from being able to a few years ago.
Mr Inder worked for Meridian Energy for more than 20 years looking after water quality and the fish pass on the Lower Waiau River. Beyond this, he was a long-standing Southland Fish and Game councillor, Waiau Fisheries and Habitat Trust trustee, a Lakes Manapouri Te Anau and Monowai Lakes guardian and a member of the Waiau Working Party.
His daughter, Viv Tamblyn, said her father had a deep commitment to the environment and Te Anau community.
‘‘[He] worked countless voluntary hours, over nearly 30 years, in his determination to make a difference.
He was ‘‘a man we all loved and respected and were proud to call dad. We miss him.’’