Rob Fenwick is confirmed dead at the age of 68.
Rob was best known as a New Zealand environmentalist and businessman.
Death was likely due to cancer.
Sir Robert Fenwick
|Born||5 May 1951|
|Died||11 March 2020 (aged 68)|
|Known for||Sustainable business development, Antarctic preservation, New Zealand conservation|
|Relatives||Frank Mappin (grandfather)|
George Fenwick (great-grandfather)
Sir Robert George Mappin Fenwick KNZM KStJ (5 May 1951–11 March 2020) was a New Zealand environmentalist, businessman and professional director.
Fenwick co-founded the organic composting service Living Earth Ltd, NZ Natural bottled water brand and Te Matuku Oysters and has held a number of board and advisory panel positions. His conservation and sustainability work includes leadership roles in the Predator Free 2050 movement, saving the kiwi from extinction, co-founding the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and several leadership roles in Antarctica.
Fenwick was knighted in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours for "significant contributions to New Zealand’s sustainable development, wildlife protection, waste minimisation, environmental science and Antarctica, and iwi development over the past 30 years".
A year earlier, Fenwick received the 2015 Blake Medal, with the Sir Peter Blake Trust acknowledging him as "New Zealand's foremost statesman of sustainability and the environment, and an exceptional leader and motivator in business and governance".
Fenwick was also a finalist for the 2016 New Zealander of the Year Award and was inducted to the New Zealand NZ Business Hall of Fame in 2016.
1 Early life and family history
2.1 Directorships and advisory roles
4 Conservation, sustainability and humanity initiatives
5 Honours and awards
6 Personal life
Early life and family history
Fenwick was raised in Auckland, New Zealand and attended King's College. His genealogy includes notable New Zealand newspaper proprietor and conservationist Sir George Fenwick (paternal great grandfather) and philanthropist Sir Frank Crossley Mappin (6th baronet of Thornbury) (maternal grandfather).
Fenwick was granted armorial bearings from the Royal College of Arms in 2008.
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