29 Dec 2015

Gordon Stephenson dies

7:36 pm on 29 December 2015

Farmer and environmentalist Gordon Stephenson has died. He was 91.

Gordon Stephenson

Gordon Stephenson Photo: University of Waikato

Dr Stephenson was the initiator of the QEII National Trust, which helps farmers preserve natural and cultural features on their land, and the Farm Environment Awards.

He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to conservation in 1998.

Dr Stephenson was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato in 2013.