Patrons

Bill Boyd QSO
Bill retired in 1995 as General Manager of Gordon & Gotch Magazines Ltd, New Zealand’s largest magazine distributor. He has been a TfS Trustee since 2000 and is a Trustee of the June Gray Trust. He has represented Rotary on the National Kidney Foundation and has been an elder and Youth Leader of the Presbyterian Church, a warranted Scout Leader, and has refereed rugby union football for 31 years. He was Chair of the Rotary Down Under Management Committee.

A Rotarian since 1971, Bill is a member of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and was the 2006-07 Rotary International President having also served as RI Treasurer and RI Director. He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award. He has also received Meritorious Service Award from Rotary Down Under.A Rotarian since 1971, Bill is a member of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and was the 2006-07 Rotary International President having also served as RI Treasurer and RI Director. He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award. He has also received Meritorious Service Award from Rotary Down Under.

Rob Fenwick CNZM
Rob Fenwick is an experienced businessman and company director with interests closely aligned to promoting sustainable development.

He is a member of the Air New Zealand Environmental Trust and chairman of Antarctica New Zealand and is an active patron of the New Zealand Native Plant Conservation Network. He helped establish the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1998 and is its past-chairman. For nine years until 2007 he was a director and later chairman of Landcare Research.

In 2005, Rob became a Knight of the Order of St John and his work for the environment saw him made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to conservation.

He is a co-founder and director of Living Earth Ltd, and is active in policy development around waste minimisation and climate change, and is chairman of the National Waste Advisory Board. 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.

Ruud Kleinpaste
Ruud Kleinpaste studied plant sciences at Wageningen University, eventually earning a degree in silviculture (the cultivation of trees) animal ecology and conservation. During his university studies, entomology became an important hobby, although he never actually took a paper in the subject.After emigrating to New Zealand in 1978, he worked in various environmental jobs before settling down to 14 years in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF).

In 1987 he started a talkback radio show (“Ruud’s Awakening”) and became known as “the Bugman”. He is a regular contributor to columns and articles in newspapers and magazines and his book ‘Scratching for a Living’ was published in 1997 and “Backyard Battlefield” in 2005. Television has also been part of the Bugman’s life since 1990 and recently, he has been appearing as entomologist on Animal Planet/Discovery programs.

For many years, Ruud has been lecturing Plant Protection at UNITEC, to encourage common-sense growing practices amongst the future horticulturists of New Zealand. He is also a trustee of Project Crimson, the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, Bank of New Zealand Save the Kiwi Trust, Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust, the Air New Zealand Environment Trust as well as patron of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, the National Wetlands Trust and Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust. He served on Auckland’s Zoo Enterprise Board from 1989 to 1998 as a co-opted member.