Kea Inspire 2017 - Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM

World Class New Zealander Sir Rob Fenwick, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished business and environmental leaders shares his experience with climate change, Antarctica and New Zealand’s pivotal role at Kea Inspire 2017. 

Over the course of his 30-year career, he has contributed more to the fields of environment sustainability and natural heritage than most people can dream of; and his passion for preserving the country for current and future generations is nothing short of inspiring. 

Sir Rob Fenwick is an experienced businessman and company director with interests closely aligned to promoting sustainable development. He has had a long association with Antarctica: for nine years until 2007 he was a director and later chairman of Landcare Research, one of several CRIs involved in Antarctic research, and is a former chairman of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. In 2005 the New Zealand Geographic Society named the Fenwick Ice Piedmont in the Ross Sea for his work in Antarctica.

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He is a co-founder and director of Living Earth Ltd, New Zealand’s principal organic waste management business and is active in policy development around waste minimisation and climate change, and has been a member of several Government working groups in these areas. He is a special advisor to the Department of Conservation and was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Natural Resources, honoris causa, by Lincoln University.

An active senior fellow of the Institute of Directors since 1995, Sir Rob has also been, at various times, the chairman of Landcare Research, the Fred Hollows Foundation, the Government’s Ministerial Waste Advisory Board, the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and director at Te Matuku Oysters Ltd.   

In 2004 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of TVNZ, and in 2006, the Chancellor/Chairman of the National Board of St John’s Ambulance, the top governance role for the Order of St John and its New Zealand activities, including the ambulance and communication service. The same year he was awarded Knight of Justice, Order of St John.