Life Fellowship


Life Fellowship- New Zealand Geographical Society

Honorary Life Fellowship recognises outstanding and sustained contributions and service in activities and roles directly or indirectly under the auspices of the New Zealand Geographical Society by a member of the Society. The recipient may use the designation LFNZGS in recognition of the award. The first Life Membership (now Life Fellowship) award was made in 1952.

A copy of the nomination form for the NZGS Honorary Life Fellowship can be downloaded here.


Richard Heerdegen

Awarded September 2014


Emeritus Professor Peter Holland

Awarded September 2013


Peter Holland is a stalwart worker and supporter of the NZGS and is well known and respected across New Zealand and internationally. Among his many contributions the following are particularly remarkable:

  • President of the New Zealand Geographical Society, 2003 – 2007, Past President 2008 – 2010, Co-opted Member of the NZGS Executive since 2011
  • Chair of the Editorial Board of the New Zealand Geographer from 2002 – 2003
  • Chair of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Geographical Society 1997 – 1998, and Treasurer 1999 – 2004, and 2008.
  • Council member of the New Zealand Geographical Society 1995 – 1998, and again since 2000
  • Elected member to the National Committee for Geography of The Royal Society of New Zealand, 1988 – 1991, and Convenor 1992 – 1995

In 2008, the NZGS presented Peter with its most prestigious award, that of Distinguished New Zealand Geographer.

Over a long and distinguished career, Peter has published five books and some 64 journal articles and book chapters, and since 1983 he has supervised 58 Masters an PhD theses. His primary research focus has been on the biogeography, ecology and environmental history of New Zealand, and in this regard he has made a sustained and significant contribution to New Zealand scholarship for several decades. He has also researched and published on these themes in Kenya, Canada and South Africa.

Peter’s services to the broader academic environment in New Zealand include membership of NZQA panels, serving on and leading numerous academic audits, and broad participation in an advisory capacity in a range of academic activities. In addition, he has been an active member and supporter of numerous community based activities.

Peter Holland will receive the title of Honorary Life Member (Fellow) in recognition of his very considerable contributions to the NZGS and to Geography in New Zealand.



June Logie

Awarded December 2012



June Logie is a longstanding member of the Society, and participated in the Auckland Branch activities for many years while a teacher at Auckland Girls Grammar. She served as the Auckland Branch representative on the Board of Geography Teachers on a number of occasions. In 2003, following retirement from teaching, June underpinned the organisation of the very successful biennial conference in Auckland.

When the Society’s Head Office moved to Auckland she was appointed as Executive Manager and held that position from 2004 until 2011, when the position was disestablished. Subsequently, June has continued to run the Head Office in the role of Administrator but evidently brought her detailed knowledge and experience to the task, and so continued to be a mainstay of the Society’s operations. Through this period the Society’s Head Office functions and related services have been in June’s capable, firm and reassuring hands. As Executive Manager, she was integral to the activities of the Society and played a pivotal role in its life. June has anchored the Head Office team of National Secretary and National Treasurer at Auckland and has given a level of continuity to the Society that is often underestimated and undervalued.

An abbreviated list of June’s substantial and special contributions must include managing the transition of the Head Office from Waikato to Auckland; undertaking liaison and support for the BOGT through the annual cycle of its activities; organising the regional rounds and national finale of the Maatangi Whenua Level 11 competition; preparation and publication of the Network and Newsletter, which detail activities of interest to schools and individual members; coordinating the operation of the Geography Resource Centre; assisting with the publication of the New Zealand Journal of Geography and co-managing the transition to new publisher Wiley-Blackwell; managing the Society’s website; establishing a management team for the EXITO resource kit development and production; organising geography conferences; and serving tirelessly for many years on the Auckland Geography Teachers Association and the executive of the Auckland Branch of the NZGS.

For several years June was Vice President of the Society and her experience in the wider geographical community was invaluable in liaising between the core constituent groups within the Society. Even as her role in administration winds down she continues to be active in promoting the subject of Geography.



Michael Shepherd - Citation
Manuwatu Joined 1970s

Awarded 2007 for services including:

Michael Shepherd
  • Manuwatu branch treasurer 1974 to 2006
  • Editor of "Perspective", the branch annual publication of teachers' resources 1976 - 1980
  • Editor of Stewart Lecture Series and Proceedings of 14th and 20th NZGS Conferences
  • Organisational role for 3 conferences including 1974 IGU regional conference

Jeff Pepper - Citation
Canterbury Joined 1980's

Awarded 2005 for services including:

  • Member of Christchurch Geography Teachers' Association including Chairperson
  • Teachers' College Representative on NZBoGT
  • Services to teaching

Linda Singh
Wellington Joined 1970s

Awarded 2004 for services including:

  • Support for Wellington Branch as Secretary and Treasurer for more than 10 years
  • Services to teaching which was recognised when she was made a
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1998

Richard Bedford
Waikato Joined 1970s

Awarded 2003 for services including:

Richard Bedford
  • National Treasurer
  • Co-Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1997-2002)
  • Transition Manager (1996-1997)

Richard Le Heron
Auckland Joined 1973

Awarded 2003 for services including:

Richard Le Heron
  • Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1991-1996)
  • Assistant Editor New Zealand Geographer
  • Editor of three NZGS Proceedings
  • Co-Editor of Changing Places in New Zealand and Changing Places: New Zealand in the Nineties
  • National Secretary (2000 - present)

Suzanne Smith
Waikato Joined 1979

Awarded 2002 for services including:

Suzanne Smith
  • member of New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers
  • Chair of the New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers (1995-1996)
  • member of Council (1995-1996)
  • first Teacher Editor of New Zealand Journal of Geography (1994-2001)

Michael Roche
Manawatu Joined 1978

Awarded 2002 for services including:

Michael Roche
  • Review Editor of New Zealand Geographer
  • Production Manager of Journals (1994-1996)
  • Editor of 14th Conference Proceedings
  • Manawatu Delegate on Council (1989-1994, 2002)
  • Chair of Editorial Board (1997-2001)

Evelyn Stokes
Waikato Joined 1958

Awarded 2001 for services including:

Evelyn Stokes
  • NZGS Representative on New Zealand Geographic Board (1989-2005)
  • Editor of New Zealand Journal of Geography (1969-86)
  • NZGS Map Librarian (1972-1982)
  • Editor of 7th Conference Proceedings and Joint Editor of 8th Conference Proceedings
  • Member of Canterbury Branch Committee (1958)

Hugh Kidd
Otago Joined 1960s

Awarded 1996 for services including:

Hugh Kidd
  • Librarian (1983-1992)
  • Otago Delegate on Council (1976-1977, and 1993)
  • Otago Representative on NZBoGT (1977)
  • Secretary of Otago Branch 1978

Bruce MacLachlan
Waikato ? - 2007 Joined 1946

Awarded 1996 for services including:

Bruce MacLachlan
  • Waikato Delegate to Council (1976)
  • Secretary of Waikato Branch (1980, 1985-1988)
  • President of Waikato Branch (1967-2000)

Ian Owens
Canterbury Joined 1966

Awarded 1994 for services including:

Ian Owens
  • National Hon. Secretary, 1982-1993
  • Canterbury Branch President, 1981
  • Council Delegate for Canterbury (1981-1982)
  • Editor of 12th Proceedings

Terry Hearn
Otago Joined 1967

Awarded 1993 for services including:

Terry Hearn
  • Editor of New Zealand Journal of Geography (1978-1994)
  • Managing Editor of Journals (1989-1992) and
  • Publications Manager (1992-1994)
  • Editor of 9th Conference Proceedings
  • Otago Representative on New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers (1979)
  • Council Delegate for Otago Branch (1982, 1986, 1988)

Garth Cant
Canterbury Joined 1960s

Awarded 1993 for services including:

Garth Cant
  • National Secretary (1968-1981)
  • National Treasurer (1972-1976, 1990-1992)
  • National Committee for Geography (1986-1993)

Grant Anderson
Auckland Joined 1949 as a Masters student, then rejoined in mid-1950s when returned from overseas

Awarded 1989 for services including:

Grant Anderson
  • In late 1950s, along with Norman Whatman (both at Palmerston North Teachers College), establishing a Manawatu Sub-branch and organising meetings
  • Organising Society's 3rd triennial conference in 1961
  • Editorial Board Chair (1986-1989) and Member (1971-1975, 1982-1989)
  • Review Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1972-1973)
  • Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1975-1981)
  • Chair of Manawatu Sub-Branch (1962),
  • Secretary (1959-1960) and Vice-President (1964)
  • Council Delegate for Auckland Branch (1976-1980, 1982-1986 and1988-1989)

John Macaulay
Canterbury Joined 1945

Awarded 1984 for services including:

John Macaulay
  • Hon. Director of the Geography Resource Centre, Christchurch Teachers' College ( 1969,1974-2001)
  • Review Editor, New Zealand Journal of Geography (1971- 1978)
  • Member, New Zealand Board of Geography Teachers (1974-2001)
  • President, Canterbury Branch (1978, 1996)
  • Committee Member, Otago Branch (1952-1953), Auckland Branch (1955, 1960-1961), Canterbury Branch (1995- 2000)

Ronald Lister
Otago Joined 1949

Awarded 1979 for services including:

Ronald Lister
  • Organiser of Teaching Aids (forerunner to Geography Resource Centre (1951-1966)
  • Commenced publication of Perspective
  • Established New Zealand Journal of Geography
  • Chair of Editorial Board (1965-1977)
  • Editorial Board Member of New Zealand Geographer (1977-1981)
  • Edited several of society's publications
  • Liaison with NZ Cartographic Society on a national atlas (1973-1974, 1980)

D I MacDonald
Wellington Joined 1945

Awarded 1976 for services including:

D I MacDonald
  • Chairman of the Society (1960-75)
  • Councillor representing Wellington Branch (1953-1959)
  • Vice-President Wellington Branch (1953-1964)

Eileen Banks
Canterbury Joined 1950

Awarded 1969 for services including:

Eileen Banks
  • Editor of NZGS's Record (news magazine which was the fore-runner to NZ Journal of Geography) (1953- 1969)
  • Assisting WH Cutts with the compilation of the 1944-1969
  • Index of New Zealand Geographer journals
  • Trustee of NZGS (1975-1997)

James Fox
(1914 - 2008)
Australia and South Pacific (Auckland) Joined 1947

Awarded 1963 for services including:

James Fox
  • Assistant Editor, New Zealand Geographer (1947 - 1955)
  • NZGS's Librarian (1947-1955)
  • Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1955-1963)
  • Chair of Editorial Board (1963)
  • President of Auckland Branch (1955) and Vice-President (1953-1954, 1956-1957, and 1960-1963)
  • Is also a Life Member of NSW Geographical Society (1977)

Leigh Pownall
(1921 - 2008)
Australia and SouthPacific (Canterbury) Joined pre-cursor to NZGS, Canterbury Geographical Association in 1943

Awarded 1961 for services including

Leigh Pownall
  • National Secretary-Treasurer (1951-1953)
  • National Secretary (1954)
  • President of Canterbury Branch (1955) and Vice-President (1954 and 1956)

George Jobberns
Canterbury Joined pre-cursor to NZGS, Canterbury Geographical Association in 1943

Awarded 1958 for services including:

George Jobberns
  • Campaigning for the establishment of New Zealand Geographical Society Inc
  • NZGS Representative on New Zealand Geographic Board (1955-1977)
  • Trustee (1944-1975)
  • Represented NZGS at 7th Pacific Science Congress (1949) and at IGU (1952)
  • President of Canterbury Branch (1958) and Vice-President (1953-54, 1957, 1959-1960)
  • Was also Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (1971) and CBE (1963)

Kenneth B Cumberland

Awarded in 1955 for services including:

Kenneth B Cumberland
  • Editor of New Zealand Geographer (1945-1954)
  • President of Auckland Branch (1954) and Vice-President (1953)
  • Is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand and CBE

Benjamin Garnier
(1917 - 2010)
Rest of World (Otago) Joined August, 1944

Awarded 1952 for services including:

Benjamin Garnier
  • As one of the organisers of the New Zealand Geographical Society Inc
  • National Secretary (1944 - 1951)