Remembering an Antarctic legend

Sir Rob Fenwick
11 March 2020

Antarctica New Zealand’s thoughts are with Sir Rob Fenwick’s family and friends today.

The experienced businessman and environmental champion was Chair of Antarctica New Zealand’s board for nine years, between 2008 and 2017.

North and South magazine describes him as having more of an impact on Antarctica than possibly any other New Zealander. In 2005 the Fenwick Ice Piedmont in the Ross Sea was named in honour of his work in Antarctica. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute.

Scott Base’s flag is at half-mast and those who had the privilege of working alongside Rob are deeply saddened by today’s news.

Antarctica New Zealand CEO Sarah Williamson says Rob was an inspiring champion for Antarctica and the environment.

“He exemplified kaitiakitanga and paved the way for the world leading science we support today,” she says.