Hanly pic of Paula Morris and Hermione Lee before Lee delivered the Michael King Memorial Lecture.
She and late husband, New Zealand artist, Pat Hanly have made a huge contribution to the arts scene in Auckland.
For 40 years, as a professional photographer Gil has documented nearly every social, political and environmental issue of the nation - particularly Auckland. She has used her images of women and peace to highlight topical issues to a wider New Zealand audience in order to create change.
Her photos have appeared in many publications from The Listener and Metro magazine to Craccum (Auckland University). Books such as Water Gardening in NZ, Peace is More than Absence of War and Auckland Trinity Gardens have featured her work. She won a Media Peace Prize in 1985.
Gil has specialised in the latter part of her career on gardens and she has been part of a movement in this country to highlight ordinary people's work in their gardens and encourage them into the gardening world.
At 72, Gil is still working. Her lifetime work warrants recognition as a Living Legend.