Sir Roy 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:
  1. Outward Bound Trust Patron New Zealand Foundation for Women’s Refuges
  2. New Zealand Federation of Specific Learning Disabilities Foundations
  3. Seabrook McKenzie Trust
  4. Disturbed Children’s Aid Movement
  5. Cystic Fibrosis Society
  6. New Zealand Music Therapy Society
  7. Parent to Parent
  8. 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