For the last decade Sir Rob Fenwick has been the chair of Kiwis for kiwi.
Rob’s list of past and present environmental service is impressive.
He was on the board of WWF-New Zealand, is a former chairman of the Motutapu Island Restoration Trust, and remains an active patron of the New Zealand Native Plant Conservation Network.. Rob is on the advisory panel for the NEXT Foundation.
He is a member of the Air New Zealand Environmental Trust and the former chairman of Antarctica New Zealand. He helped establish the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1998 and is its past-chairman.
In 2005, Rob became a Knight of the Order of St John and his work for the environment saw him nominated for North & South Magazine’s New Zealander of the Year. In 2007, the New Zealand Geographic Society recognised his work in Antarctica by naming the Fenwick Ice Piedmont in the Ross Sea. In 2008, Rob was made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to conservation. Rob was awarded The 2015 Blake Medal from the Sir Peter Blake Trust for his outstanding leadership and contributions to New Zealand – its people and wildlife, water and land.
As a businessman and company director, his business interests closely align with sustainable development and resource recovery. He co-founded of Living Earth Ltd, which converts organic waste streams from major cities into high quality compost. He is chairman of the National Waste Advisory Board and has delivered papers on waste minimisation and resource recovery in New Zealand and overseas.
Rob was also director of the Crown research institute, Landcare Research, for nine years, the last four as chairman. During his term the wildlife satellite tracking business, Sirtrack Ltd, was formed.
Rob also directs his environmental energy into his private life. On his 300-hectare coastal forest block on Waiheke Island, he has funded an extensive rat and mustelid management programme.
In 2016 he was knighted or services to business and conservation.
With the appointment of Richard Leggat, Sir Rob has agreed to become Kiwis for kiwi patron.