Sir Roy Allan McKenzie

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Date of birth

7 November 1922 at Wellington


John Robert McKenzie and Annie May McKenzie


Shirley Elizabeth Howard 1949


Two sons and one daughter


  • Cathedral Grammar School Christchurch
  • Timaru Boys’ High School
  • Otago University
  • Victoria University

Military service

  • Royal New Zealand Air Force 1943-46


  • Director numerous public and private companies
  • Benefactor of many charitable and educational organisations


  • The Roydon Heritage (50 years of racing and breeding)


  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 1989
  • Honorary Doctor of Literature Massey University 1992
  • Member of the Order of New Zealand 1995
  • Life Member and Patron Birthright New Zealand
  • Patron:
- Outward Bound Trust Patron New Zealand Foundation for Women’s Refuges
- New Zealand Federation of Specific Learning Disabilities Foundations
- Seabrook McKenzie Trust
- Disturbed Children’s Aid Movement
- Cystic Fibrosis Society
- New Zealand Music Therapy Society
- Parent to Parent
- New Zealand Association of the Deaf
  • President Wellington Harness Racing Club
  • Vice President New Zealand Standardbred Breeders’ Association
  • Captain New Zealand Ski Team 1949, 1951 and at Oslo Winter Olympics 1952

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021