Queens Birthday Honour for Doug Avery

(Published on 14th June 2017)

Awatere based farmer Doug Avery has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to agriculture and mental health.

NZ Landcare Trust Regional Coordinator Barbara Stuart worked with Doug for a number of years on the Starborough Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Project and was delighted to hear of Doug's latest award.

Barbara said, "Doug's generosity toward others has always been one of his many outstanding qualities. He is keen to see other farmers succeed economically but also understands the importance of personal well being."

"Over the years Doug has overcome severe drought on the farm, turning arid barren hills into pasture. His family has transitioned through farm succession and he’s openly shared his personal struggle with depression."

‘Most importantly he has helped to normalise the real anxiety and depression that can affect anyone who lives through earthquakes, income loss and isolation," Barbara added.

The successful work with NZ Landcare Trust on the Starborough Flaxbourne project prompted Doug to adapt his farm management systems in order to drought-proof his farm. Following this success he was invited to address audiences around New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, where he shared information about sustainable farming systems that provide a platform for environmental protection and financial growth.

Doug has served as Chairman of the Starborough/Flaxbourne Soil Conservation Group, which attracted recognition as an NZ Landcare Trust Landcare Ambassador. Doug has also received a number of other accolades for his work in sustainable land management including winning the South Island Farmer of the Year competition and Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year.



Back to Archive