John Nankervis and Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand at his investiture into the New Zealand Order of Merit. © Government House
Friend of the Trust, John Nankervis MNZM, passed away in January 2022 at age 75. John was one of New Zealand’s most gifted mountaineers and was greatly loved in the climbing community both in New Zealand and in Nepal. John had a passion for natural science, worked to preserve the environment, and had a deep love of the mountains.
His climbing accomplishments included 50 New Zealand first ascents, many in Aoraki/ Mount Cook and Westland/Tai Poutini national parks. He completed 12 major expeditions, and over 20 ski mountaineering trips, in the Himalayas, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Bhutan, Norway and Myanmar. John was a past president of the New Zealand Alpine Club and was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 for services to mountaineering.
John worked at Scott Base in Antarctica during the 1976-77 season, as a Field Assistant and was a supporter of the Trust’s mission.