Listener Best Of NZ

The national magazine, The Listener, included Mark in its Best Of NZ lists this week, August 2, 2007, with recognition for his plant breeding of magnolias. The Taranaki Daily News followed this up by describing Mark as a Taranaki icon, alongside the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Pukekura Park cricket ground and Whangamomona (a remote Taranaki settlement whose claim to fame is that it declared itself an independent republic and elected a goat as its mayor). Naturally Mark is thrilled to be in such elevated company and to be the only icon who is a person. The goat died of natural causes some time after its election.