Awards

Associate of Honour of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (AHRIH)

Awarded to persons who have given distinguished service to horticulture in New Zealand.

This is a select group because the RNZIH rules state that no more than 60 people can hold the award, and no more than three awards are given per year. Associates of Honour need not be members of the RNZIH.

Recipients of the Associate of Honour

  1. Current Associates
  2. Previous Associates

1. Current Associates

2023

  • Dr Ronald (‘Ron’) Alan Beatson
    • Location: Motueka
    • Citation: New Zealand Garden Journal (in prep.)
  • Mr Christopher (‘Chris’) James Barnaby
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 9 May 2016
    • Citation: New Zealand Garden Journal (in prep.)
  • Ms Noelyn Margaret Parr
    • Location: Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 26 Jan 1961
    • Citation: New Zealand Garden Journal (in prep.)

2001

1996

  • Mr John (‘Jack’) G. Hobbs
    • Location: Pukekohe
    • Joined RNZIH: 1 Jul 1990
    • Citation: New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(4): 10

1994

  • Dr Keith R. W. Hammett
    • Location: Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 9 Mar 1982
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 20–21
  • Prof Ken S. Milne
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Joined RNZIH: 1 Sep 1994
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 19

1993

  • Mr Alan Dean Jellyman
    • Location: New Plymouth
    • Joined RNZIH: 25 May 1956
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(1): 26–27

1980

  • Mr Richard J. Nanson
    • Location: Wellington
    • Joined RNZIH: 8 Feb 1954
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 68–69

1999

1997

1996

  • Mr Brian L. Buchanan
    • Location: Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 14 Feb 1961
    • Citation: New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(4): 9–10
    • Deceased: 1996
  • Mr Alan Livesey Mason

1995

  • Mr Ronald (‘Ron’) Richard Flook
  • Mr Ronald (‘Ron’) Claris Gordon
  • Mrs Y. J. (‘Vonnie’) Cave

1993

1992

  • Mr Roland (‘Roly’) Woodroffe Earp
  • Mr Ronald (‘Ron’) Angus Proctor
  • Mr Robert (‘Bob’) James Berry

1991

  • Mr Murray Richards
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Joined RNZIH: 15 Apr 1991
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(2): 27–28
    • Deceased: 10 April 2000
    • Obituary: Newsletter of the RNZIH, 2000, No.2, p.5

1990

  • Prof T. Carrick Chambers
    • Location: Sydney, Australia
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(1): 26
    • Deceased: 31 Jul 2023
    • Obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal (in prep.)
  • Mr Leo C. J. Clark
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 28 Nov 1957
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(1): 26
    • Deceased: Aug 1999
  • Mr I. G. (George) Rainey

1989

  • Mr P. W. Taylor
    • Location: Te Puke
    • Joined RNZIH: 29 Jun 1989
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(1): 27
    • Deceased: Aug 2005
  • Mr Raymond (‘Ray’) H. Mole
    • Location: Wellington
    • Joined RNZIH: 8 Jul 1965
    • Citation: Horticulture in New Zealand: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(1): 27–28
    • Deceased: 1995
    • Note: Ray Mole was a former curator of the Otari Open Air Plant Museum (now known as Otari-Wilton Bush)

1988

  • Mr Thomas Robert N. (Noel) Lothian
  • Mr Lawrie J. Metcalf
  • Mr Graeme Paterson
    • Location: Timaru
    • Joined RNZIH: 15 Dec 1972
    • Citation: Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1989, Vol. 16: 44
    • Deceased: 1988
    • Note: Graeme Paterson was the Timaru Botanic Gardens Director from 1982 up until his premature death in 1988

1987

1986

  • Mr I. F. Bonisch
    • Location: Ashburton
    • Joined RNZIH: 26 Mar 1956
    • Citation: Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 58
    • Deceased: 3 Jan 2011
  • Mrs Barbara J. Cave
    • Location: Dunedin
    • Joined RNZIH: 18 Feb 1975
    • Citation: Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 59
    • Note: Barbara Cave was active in the Dunedin Horticultural Society from 1960 and was publicity officer for Festival displays. She was a foundation member of the Dunedin Floral Art Society and national councillor of FloralArt NZ Inc, editor of FASNZ and national president 1979–81. She was also chairperson of Education Committee of Teachers and Judges Assn and from 1971 committee member of RNZIH District Council and chairperson 1982–86. She died in Renwick, Marlborough.
  • Mrs Margaret Watling
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Citation: Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 60
    • Deceased: 1986
    • Obituary: The Press, 16 Apr 1986: p.12
    • Note: The Margaret Watling Scholarship was established in 1991 as a result of a bequest from Margaret Watling, who, throughout her life, promoted and worked for the advancement of parks and amenity horticulture.

Pre-1985

  • Mr J. S. Say
    • Location: Auckland (formerly Waihi Beach)
    • Joined RNZIH: 8 Mar 1955
    • Citation: Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1985, Vol. 13: 12
    • Deceased: July 2004

1984

  • Mr Eric E. Toleman
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Joined RNZIH: 29 Mar 1960
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1984, Vol. 12: 103
  • Mr G. P. Ward
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 2 Feb 1982
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1984, Vol. 12: 101–102
    • Deceased: 29 Jul 2003

1983

  • Mrs Rona H. (‘Winsome’) Shepherd
    • Location: Wellington
    • Joined RNZIH: 7 Dec 1957
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983, Vol. 11: 59–60
    • Deceased: 4[6?] Jun 2011

1982

  • Dr Donald (‘Don’) William McKenzie
    • Location: Hastings
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1982, Vol. 10: 60–61
    • Deceased: 2 Jul 1988
    • Obituary: Tree Cropper, 2008

1981

  • Mrs M. J. (Joy) Amos
    • Location: Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 26 Jun 1974
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1981, Vol. 9: 81
    • Deceased: 13 Jan 2011

1980

  • Mrs Daisy A. Hardwick
    • Location: Tauranga
    • Joined RNZIH: 15 Apr 1966
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 68
    • Deceased: YOB 1906 / YOD 1989
    • Note: Daisy Hardwick was an enthusiast for ornamental and domestic horticulture in the Tauranga district. From 1952 she presented fortnightly garden talks on on the radio – 1YD Rotorua and from 1961 on 1ZD Tauranga. She wrote a gardening column for the Bay of Plenty Times for 16 years. She was Patroness of Tauranga Federation of Gardening Clubs and supporter of the Bay of Plenty District Council RNZIH.
  • Mr Edward H. (Hugh) Latimer
    • Location: Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 1 Jun 1962
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 67–68
    • Deceased: 2 Jul 2009
    • Note: Hugh Latimer joined the Department of Agriculture in 1950. He then joined the Justice Department becoming Farm Supervisor for Waikaria Prison Farm where he developed an interest in horticultural crops. In 1959, Hugh Latimer was originally appointed Superintendent of Cornwall Park Farm, Auckland until 1986. He then was appointed Park Director of Cornwall Park Trust Board producing 20,000 plants (many natives) for planting around Auckland. He retired in 1991. Hugh was on the Executive of the Institute of Parks and Recreation for many years and was President of the Auckland District Council RNZIH.

1979

  • Mr David G. Anyon
    • Location: Wellington
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 63–64
    • Deceased: 2016
    • Note: David Anyon was a florist in Wellington. His AHRIH award was for his contribution to floral art and design over many years.
  • Mr Alan G. Scott
    • Location: Morrinsville
    • Joined RNZIH: 2 Aug 1948
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 62
    • Deceased: c.2002?
  • Dr T. M. Morrison
    • Location: Queensland, Australia
    • Joined RNZIH: 7 Feb 1966
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 61–62
    • Deceased: 2013/2014?

1977

  • Mr Arthur J. F. Healy
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 28 May 1954
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 101
    • Deceased: 25 Sept 2011
  • Mrs M. Kennedy
    • Location: Whangarei
    • Joined RNZIH: 27 Mar 1957
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 102–103
    • Deceased: c.2001–2007

1976

  • Mr Heathcote Beetham (‘Bill’) Williams
    • Location: Gisborne
    • Joined RNZIH: 6 May 1976
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 81
    • Deceased: DOB 16 Aug 1922 / DOD 30 Dec 2002
    • Note: Bill Williams spent much of his life at Turihaua Station, Gisborne and served in World War II
  • Mr Gavin G. Henderson
    • Location: Dunedin
    • Joined RNZIH: 30 Jun 1947
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 80–81
    • Deceased: c.1984
    • Note: Gavin Henderson was a Superintendent of Parks of Dunedin City Council (succeeding Maurice Skipworth), and before that Deputy of Parks Christchurch City Council. He was a regular examiner for NDH examinations. His son Jim has worked at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

1975

  • Mr Keith J. Lemmon
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Joined RNZIH: 4 Sep 1963
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 78–79
    • Note: Keith Lemmon was Dominion Secretary of the RNZIH for many years. In May 1977 a presentation was made to Mr Lemmon by the RNZIH for his contribution as secretary and in particular for his assistance with examinations.
  • Mr H. J. Poole
    • Location: Lower Hutt
    • Joined RNZIH: 2 Dec 1947
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 79
  • Mr T. H. (Harold) Warburton OBE
    • Location: Greytown
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 80
    • Deceased: c.1982–1983
    • Note: Harold Warburton was for many years Dominion President of the NZ Vegetable and Produce Growers Association and in 1977 was made vice president of the RNZIH. He was awarded an OBE for services to the horticultural industry. Also see Bulletin, 1983, No. 27, p.8.

1974

  • Mrs Doris Benstead
    • Location: Lower Hutt
    • Joined RNZIH: 10 Nov 1966
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 60–61
    • Note: Doris Benstead had a lifetime of gardening in Lower Hutt. She was instrumental in setting up the Townswomens Guild in Lower Hutt with one aim to foster gardening. She organised Evening Garden Circle for Hutt Valley Horticultural Society and gave many gardening talks emphasizing correct naming of plants for exhibition purposes.
  • Mr S. W. Burstall
    • Location: Rotorua/Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 7 Feb 1975
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 63
    • Deceased: YOB 1904 / DOD ?
    • Note: S.W. ‘Bob’ Burstall was co-author of ‘Great Trees of New Zealand’ series
  • Mr K. H. Marcussen
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 8 Dec 1947
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 62–63
    • Deceased: 2002

1973

  • Mr Arthur Farnell
    • Location: Auckland
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1974, Vol. 2: 57–58
    • Deceased: DOB 23 Oct 1897 / YOD 1981
  • Mr C. V. Holyoake
    • Location: Waikanae/Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 2 May 1950
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1974, Vol. 2: 58

1972

  • Mr Ian D. Galloway MBE
    • Location: Wellington
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1973, Vol. 1: 16
  • Mr H. R. Sampson
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Citation: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1973, Vol. 1: 17

1971

  • Mr Ralph T. Fear
    • Location: Hamilton/Waikato
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 53
    • Note: Ralph Fear was president of the RNZIH, involved in Turners and Growers and was the leading person in fruit and vegetable competitions in the local A&P show
  • Mrs Edith Kate (‘Katie’) Reynolds
    • Location: Auckland (ex Whangarei)
    • Joined RNZIH: 13 Nov 1952
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 52–53
    • Deceased: DOB 25 Feb 1910 / YOD 2000
  • Mr Carl A. Teschner
    • Location: Otago
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 51–52
    • Deceased: YOB 1892–1893 / YOD 1971
    • Note: Carl Teschner was a nurseryman and a gardener, particularly of alpines. Teschner, D’Arcy Blackburn, and Emily Jean Stevens were co-founders of the New Zealand Iris Society. He may have been apprenticed to a nursery in the Dandenongs. During the war he joined the Australian Territorials and served in Palestine, and came to Gore after the war and bought a farm ‘Whiterig’ and also had a small nursery there. He moved to Dunedin about 1942 and developed a nursery in Montague Street. Rock gardening and species iris were his main horticultural interests and his Dunedin Garden was a Mecca for New Zealanders and overseas visitors. A few weeks before he died he received notification that the distinction of Associate of Honour of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, of which he was a Fellow, had been conferred on him.

1970

  • Mr Bernard Hollard
    • Location: Kaponga
    • Joined RNZIH: 28 Jan 1948
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 266
    • Deceased: 1996
    • Note: Bernard Hollard was a gardener and may also have been a nurseryman. He was known for growing rhododendrons. He may have been the breeder of Rhododendron ‘Kaponga’ and similar cultivars. Bernard owned Hollard gardens, the first garden gifted to the QEII Trust and now owned by Taranaki Regional Council.
  • Mr Stuart Peterson
    • Location: Wellington
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 267
    • Note: Stuart Peterson owned SW Peterson Chemicals and was an early chairman of Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust. His obituary may be in one of the Pukeiti newsletters of the early 1970s.
  • Mr James C. Stirling
    • Location: Whanganui/Wellington
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 267–269
    • Note: James Stirling BEM was gardener of the Government buildings and grounds around Parliament Buildings. He was of Scottish decent and keen on New Zealand native plants. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘James Stirling’ and Hebe ochracea ‘James Stirling’ are named after him.

1968

  • Prof Hugh Douglas Gordon
    • Location: Wellington
    • Joined RNZIH: c.1948 
    • Deceased: DOB 28 Feb 1912 / DOD 23 Oct 1978
    • Obituary: New Zealand Journal of Botany, 1979, Vol. 17: 229–230
    • Note: Hugh Gordon was ex Professor and Head of Botany Department, Victoria University of Wellington 1947–1977. He was a member of the Examining Board for the National Diploma in Horticulture for almost 30 years, and the board’s chairman for many years.
  • Mr Frederick (‘Fred’) Leo Parker MBE
    • Location: New Plymouth
    • Deceased: 1982–1983?
    • Obituary: Bulletin, 1983, No. 27, p.8
    • Note: Fred Parker was a great New Plymouth gardener and plant breeder who helped develop the Ferneries complex at Pukekura Park and served on the Pukekura Park Committee from 1926–1966. He was responsible for raising various plants such as Erica ‘Parkeri’. His home Parkers Gardens was well known. He was an original member of the Pukekura Park Committee and served on this for over 40 years. Also known for work with the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust. He was awarded an MBE and an AHRIH in 1968.
  • Mr John P. Salinger
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Deceased: Feb 1987
    • Note: John Salinger was for many years a strong supporter of the RNZIH and an examiner for NDH in the 1960s. He specialised in flower growing and based his PhD on flower production, and wrote many articles on this subject. In 1967 he was appointed as senior lecturer in horticulture at Massey University and represented the Universities on the Loder Cup committee.
  • Mr J. (Jack) E. Hume
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Joined RNZIH: 2 Aug 1963
    • Note: Jack Hume was probably an examiner from the Department of Agriculture (or the Horticulture Division). He may also have had some involvement as an examiner for the National Diploma in Horticulture.

1968?

  • Mr C. H. J. Wiley
    • Location: Auckland
    • Note: Wiley was possibly associated with Department of Agriculture

1967

  • Mrs Margaret T. M. Martin
    • Location: Whangarei
    • Joined RNZIH: 13 Jul 1951
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 135
    • Deceased: Oct 1988
    • Obituary: Bulletin, 1989, No. 49, p.26
    • Note: Margaret Martin was a distinguished botanist/horticulturist and worked closely with Dr Leonard Cockayne. She helped set up the Whangarei RNZIH District Council.
  • Mrs Nancy Steen
    • Location: Auckland
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 136
    • Deceased: YOB 1898 / YOD 1986
    • Note: Nancy Steen displayed an early talent for gardening and art. During her lifetime she embraced a range of activities in these two complementary fields, including working as a studio artist in the 1920s at an advertising agency, exhibiting regularly at the Auckland Society of Arts, developing several gardens of her own as well as landscaping others’ gardens. Her passion for old roses motivated her to dedicate herself to the study, drawing, photography and cultivation of old roses in New Zealand and overseas. She was keenly sought after as a speaker and writer, and, with her husband, spent holidays and weekends touring the countryside searching out old species of roses. Her authoritative book The Charm of Old Roses was published in 1966 and has ensured her a place among the world’s authorities on old roses. The Nancy Steen Rose Garden in Parnell, Auckland is named in her honour.
  • Mr John Watling
    • Location: Halswell/Canterbury
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 138
    • Note: John Watling was a prominent member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society and the Christchurch Beautifying Society. He was a long-time judge of garden competitions and had a fine garden in Kennedy’s Bush Road.
  • Mrs N. V. Anderson
    • Location: Mangatoki (Taranaki)
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 137–138
    • Note: this could possibly be Iris Anderson of Mangatoki. Iris was secretary for the Stratford Hospital and she was a member of the RNZIH and of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust Executive Committee for many years.

1966

  • Mr R. D. Chamberlain
    • Location: Hawera
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 286–287
    • Deceased: 1982–1983?
    • Obituary: Bulletin, 1983, No. 27, p.8
    • Note: Chamberlain was a leading light in the South Taranaki District Council of RNZIH and a great contemporary of Rod Syme
  • Mr G. A. R. Petrie
    • Location: Invercargill/Southland
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 288
    • Deceased: c.1987
    • Note: Petrie was a former Director of Parks and Reserves, Invercargill
  • Mr G. A. R. Phillips
    • Location: Wellington
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 288–289
    • Deceased: c.1967
    • Note: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, 7(4): p.?

1965

  • Mr K. B. Burns
    • Location: Timaru
  • Mr F. P. Knight, VMH, FLS
    • Location: Wisely, England

1964

  • Col. T. Durrant C.B.E., D.S.O., M.B.E. (Mil), T.D.
    • Location: Tirau/Rotorua
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 284
    • Deceased: YOB 1906 / MOD c. March 2005
    • Obituary: New Zealand Camellia Bulletin, 2005, 24(3): 11–14
  • Mr James William Matthews
    • Location: Waikanae
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 284–285
    • Deceased: YOB 1895 / YOD 1982
    • Biography: Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
    • Note: James Matthews was founding editor of the NZ Gardener. James and his wife Barabara had two sons, Julian and Louis. Julian was also editor of the NZ Gardener and Louis used to have Protea nursery at French Farm on Akaroa Harbour.
  • Mr Jonathan Bennett
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 283–284

1963

  • Mr Charles (‘Charlie’) R. Reader
    • Location: Auckland
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 83–84
    • Deceased: DOB 8 Jul 1892 / YOD 1976
    • Note: Charlie Reader was the great all rounder. He must hold the record for attendance at conferences – always took part in the proceedings and had the amusing habit of apologising to the chairman for being always on his feet. (From notes written by the late Jim Hunter).
    • Note: He was probably a founder of the Auckland Horticultural Council, and they may have the date of his death. He was a delightful character. He died suddenly while hoeing the border beside the drive, aged 82.
  • Mr T. Y. Turner
    • Location: Dunedin/Otago
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 84
    • Deceased: 1967–1974?
  • Mr J. H. Glazebrook
    • Location: Pershore, England
    • Joined RNZIH: 20 Sep 1949
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 83
  • Mr Percy J. Cox
    • Location: Whanganui
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 82–83
    • Note: Percy Cox was the Director of Parks for Whanganui and a renowned plantsman. He retired sometime before 1957. His Grandson is Ron Stoneman of Whanganui.

1962

  • Mr Huia Gray Gilpin
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Joined RNZIH: 20 Aug 1949
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 285
    • Note: Huia Gilpin was a Grounds Superintendent for the North Canterbury Hospital Board and then a former Director of Parks and Reserves, Christchurch. He was also a long time examiner for NDH, and a member of the Parks Institute National Executive.
  • Mr Roy L. Thornton
    • Location: Auckland
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 286
    • Deceased: 1967–1974?
    • Note: Roy Thornton. When I first knew him he was chauffeur-gardener to a lady in Auckland – I forget her name. He was the propagator at Hays [nursery], excellent with green cuttings of dahlias, then with NZ Railways. He planted the natives around Auckland Station but did not develop the formal gardens in front. Garden expert over 1YA (radio) for many years. With his second wife he did good work in building up the Auckland Horticultural Council and of course Mt Smart was his brainchild. (From notes written by the late Jim Hunter).
    • Note: Mt Smart was the volcanic cone largely excavated to make an athletics arena, since converted to a large stadium, home of the Warriors (league team) and the ‘Big Day Out’ – an annual rock/pop music event. Roy Thornton persuaded the Council of the time to plant the remaining outer slope of the cone with natives so there is a small forest there now.
  • Mr Archie White
    • Location: Lower Hutt
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 286–287
    • Note: Archie White was a former Superintendent of Parks, Lower Hutt and an examiner for the National Diploma in Horticulture for the RNZIH. He was very active in the Parks Institute, and preceded Graham Bradbourne.

1962/1948

  • Mr J. G. C. Mackenzie
    • Location: Wellington
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 285–286
    • Note: Mackenzie was a Wellington City Parks supervisor from 1918–1947 and largely responsible for planting the town belts during the depression. His two sons Dugald and Jack went on to play similar roles in Palmerston North and Hastings respectively.
    • Note: Mackenzie’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution.

1961

  • Mr James (‘Jim’) A. S. Hunter
    • Location: Morrinsville/Auckland
    • Joined RNZIH: 1 Feb 1933
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1961, Vol. 4(2): 77–78
    • Deceased: MOB Aug 1901 / YOD 2002
    • Note: Jim Hunter was born in Scotland and studied at the West Scotland Agricultural College. He came to New Zealand in 1925 and worked in a variety of horticultural enterprises including the leading nursery firm of D.H. Hay. He qualified for the New Zealand National Diploma in Horticulture (NDH) in 1933. After serving with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II he joined Plant Diseases Division, DSIR, at Mt Albert, where he spent the rest of his professional career, eventually becoming Head of the Horticulture and Plant Quarantine. At Mt Albert, he worked for many years with Ted Chamberlain and Torchy Atkinson identifying the virus diseases of fruit trees, especially apples. He was thus an important part of the team that freed many of our most important apple cultivars of virus, a major contribution to the pipfruit industry of New Zealand. Mr Hunter’s skills as a propagator were also in demand when material of the newly discovered species from the Three Kings Islands was brought back to the mainland by Professor G.T.S. Baylis. A notable achievement was his propagation of Tecomanthe speciosa and he published accounts of the first recorded flowering and fruiting of this species, now recognised as one of the most ornamental of our native plants. Mr Hunter was very active in horticultural societies and had been a member of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture since 1928. He served on the Auckland District Council and also on the Dominion Council. He was also associated with the Auckland Horticultural Council and various rose societies. He was elected an Associate of Honour of the RNZIH in 1961. He was also one of the members of the DSIR staff who were active in promoting the establishment of the Botanic Gardens in Auckland. Mt Hunter had a strong interest in the ornamental possibilities of New Zealand native plants and in 1955, when he was attending the 14th International Horticultural Conference, he proposed that New Zealand become the International Registration Authority for the genera Hebe and Leptospermum. It is therefore particularly pleasing that he saw the publication of the checklist of Hebe cultivars. This was a mammoth task, sponsored by the RNZIH. (From RNZIH Auckland Branch Newsletter).

1960

  • Mr John Houston
    • Location: Hawera
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(6): 270
    • Deceased: YOB 1891 / DOD 20 Jun 1962
    • Note: Taranaki Herald, 20 June 1962, p. 3: DEATH OF HAWERA LAWYER: A Hawera lawyer, Mr John Houston OBE, LLB, a former dominion president of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and one who has won recognition for his wide knowledge and interest in the Maori race, died in the New Plymouth Hospital today. He was 70. Born in Dunedin in 1891, he was educated at Albany Street School, Otago Boys’ High School and Otago University, from where he graduated at the age of 19. For many years Mr Houston showed a keen and deep interest in horticulture, especially in regard to the home gardeners of New Zealand, and in 1955 was elected Dominion president of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. The South Taranaki District Council was formed in November, 1948, and for the first 10 years, Mr Houston was local president, exhibiting his administrative ability in guiding the new council. He was a member of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust board of management, and in 1954 was elected president of the Taranaki Floral Festival. In 1952, under Mr Houston’s chairmanship all the horticultural societies of Taranaki combined in promoting a national horticultural show which was an unqualified success, due in no small measure to Mr Houston’s leadership. It was this show which led to the Taranaki Floral Festival. Mr Houston also played an active part in several organisations associated with the Maori race and the preservation of the country’s flora and fauna. Through the Archaeological Society of New Zealand, the National Historic Places Trust and the New Zealand Forest and Bird Protection Society, Mr Houston has won recognition for his wide knowledge and interest. He was the author of several articles and had much to do with the restoration of the ancient walled pa of Turuturu Mokai, near Hawera. During World War I, Mr Houston served in the Medical Corps as a Quarter-master Sergeant and during World War II commanded the Hawera Home Guard as major, later transferring to the New Zealand temporary staff in Central Military District. At the time of his death Mr Houston was a member of the South Taranaki branch of the RSA and the Gallipoli Association. He was president of the RSA between 1946 and 1948.
  • Mr Dugald C. MacKenzie
    • Location: Palmerston North
    • Citation: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(6): 270
    • Deceased: mid-1960s
    • Note: this name may have been misspelt in the citation as “Dougald C. Mackenzie” [check]
    • Dugald C. MacKenzie was a Superintendent of Parks for Palmerston North City and possibly an examiner for NDH. There was a NDH Prize named in his honour.

Pre-1960

  • Mrs E. Gower
    • Location: Whanganui
    • Obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(8): 368

1959

  • Mr John R Templin
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Deceased: 1961
    • Note: President of the Canterbury Horticultural Society at the time of his death in 1961. Also belonged to the Lily Society, the Rose Society, and the Summit Road Scenic Preservation Society. American-born and established the JR Templin travelling scholarships in engineering and horticulture.
  • Mr Maurice R. Skipworth
    • Location: Dunedin (formerly Wanaka)
    • Joined RNZIH: 10 Mar 1947
    • Note: Maurice Skipworth was a breeder of rhododendrons and Superintendent of Parks of Dunedin City Council, succeeding David Tannock

Pre-1959

  • J. S. Dakers
    • Location: England
    • Note: James Silver Dakers was an author of several gardening books in the 1940s to 1960s.
  • F. R. Long
    • Location etc.: ?
  • R. H. Long
    • Location etc.: ?

1958

  • Mr A. M. W. Greig
    • Location: Wellington/Tauranga
    • Note: Greig was Director General of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture in the 1950s. He spent a lot of his life in Auckland but resided in Wellington when head of department. On retirement he went to live in Christchurch where he died.

1957

  • Mr Hubert M. Hammond
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1957, Vol. 2(3): 131
  • Mr Joe Passmore
    • Location: Dunedin
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1957, Vol. 2(3): 131
    • Deceased: 1984?
    • Obituary: Bulletin, 1984, No. 31, p.2
    • Note: Joe Passmore was a woodwork teacher and instructor with the Otago Education Board, and a cabinet maker and marketer by trade. He was a keen gardener and had a long association with the Otago District Council. In 1947 he began regular home gardening broadcasts with 4YA radio and continued for this for 13 years.

1956

  • Mr A. W. Anderson
    • Location: Timaru
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 23–24
    • Note: Anderson was for many years a Superintendent of Parks for Timaru. He secured the first plant of Metasequoia for New Zealand.
  • Dr John S. Yeates
    • Location: Timaru / Palmerston North
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 24
    • Deceased: 1986
    • Note: see Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 78–79.

1955

  • Mr Alfred W. Green
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 22
    • Deceased: c.1983
    • Note: Alfred Green had a nursery in Insoll Ave, Hamilton, and was responsible for establishing the Cactus House at Hamilton Gardens
  • Mr Cecil M. Smith
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Citation: New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 22–23
    • Note: Cecil Smith was a former director of Botany Division DSIR

Pre-1955

  • Mr Michael Christian Gudex MBE
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Deceased: 1964
    • Note: the Gudex Memorial Park in Cambridge is named after him. In 1963 the Crown bought 3 ha of open park land near the summit of Sanatorium Hill. A stone obelisk was erected in memory of Michael Christian Gudex MBE, MA, MSc (1887–1964) commemorating his contribution to horticulture and the preservation of New Zealand’s natural resources. The small kauri grove in the park was planted by Mr Gudex in 1960.
  • Sir Robert Lachlan Macalister
    • Location: Wellington
    • Note: Robert Macalister was Mayor of Wellington (1950–1956)

1953

  • Mr Charles W. Corner
    • Location: Napier
    • Deceased: c.1971
    • Obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(5): 229
  • Mr E. Hutt
    • Location: Wellington 

1951

  • Mr W. J. Humm
    • Location: Christchurch
    • Deceased: 1967–1974?

1948

  • Mr George Sutherland Nicoll
    • Location: Lower Hutt
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 525
    • Deceased: 19 Sept 1950
    • Obituary: as supplied by grandaughter, Carole Seymour (nee Howie), and probably written by her father, John Kenward Howie, for a newspaper: Wellington’s best-known and oldest amateur horticulturist, Mr. G. S. Nicoll, died suddenly yesterday, aged 74 years. Ever since he came to live in Wellington soon after the turn of the present century, Mr. Nicoll had been actively interested in flower-growing and through the years he took an active part in the administrative side of horticulture. Mr. Nicoll’s father landed in Dunedin in 1861 with five shillings in his pocket. Mr. Nicoll was born at Blue Spur, originally Gabriel’s Gully, in the neighbourhood of which at that time there were some 25,000 miners searching for gold. A neighbour of the Nicoll family was Mr. J. J. Woods, clerk of the Tuapeka County Council, who wrote the music of “God Defend New Zealand”. After leaving Lawrence District High School and Otago Boys’ High School the late Mr. Nicoll joined the staff of the Government Life Insurance Department at Dunedin, and he served with that department subsequently at Oamaru, Whanganui and Wellington. Later in his career he transferred to the National Provident and Friendly Societies Department, of which he was chief clerk when he retired in 1932. Mr. Nicoll was one of the earliest residents of Karori. He made his home in Joll Street at a time when there were only 500 people living in what is now Wellington’s biggest suburb. Although as a young man Mr. Nicoll was interested in Rugby football, cricket, cycling, and in fact most forms of sport, all his spare time in his later years was devoted to gardening. He was the first secretary of the Karori Horticultural Society, of which he later became president. He was president of the Northland Horticultural Society, secretary of the Wellington Horticultural Society and secretary of the Institute of Horticulture. At the time of his death he was a committee member of the Institute and a life member of the Wellington Horticultural Society. In 1908 Mr. Nicoll married Miss Alice May Sinnet, of Wellington. Mrs. Nicoll died in 1946. There are two daughters, Mrs. Alison Howie, of Petone, and Mrs. Maire Compton, of Lyall Bay, and one son, Mr. Frank Nicoll, of Khandallah. The late Mr. Nicoll will be remembered by a wide circle of friends, not only in Wellington, but throughout New Zealand.
  • Mr George Edward Knowles
    • Location: Timaru
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Deceased: DOB 14 Jan 1879 / DOD 19 Dec 1965
  • Mr Hayward Reginald Wright
    • Location: Tauranga
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 525–526
    • Deceased: DOB 25 Nov 1873 / DOD 14 July 1959
    • Biography: Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983 (1982?), Vol. 11: 36–56. Also a shorter note: Ferguson, A.R. 1990: The Luther Burbank of New Zealand. New Zealand Kiwifruit, 65: 16.
  • Mr Peter Black
    • Location: New Plymouth
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Deceased: 19 July 1950
    • Note: Black’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution
  • Mr William Henry Rice
    • Location: Auckland
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Deceased: DOB 5 Sept 1886 / YOD 1972
  • Mr David Tannock
    • Location: Dunedin
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Deceased: DOB 23 Sept 1873 / DOD 3 Jun 1952
    • Obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, 4(1): 16–18
    • Biography: Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
    • Note: Tannock’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution
  • Mrs Anne Burgess
    • Location: New Plymouth
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
  • Mr M. F. Barnett
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Note: Barnett’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution
  • F. D. Lennie
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Note: Lennie’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution
  • T. Horton
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Note: Horton’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution
  • G. W. Wright
    • Citation: New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526
    • Note: Wright’s award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution