Bob Brockie

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Robert Ellison Brockie MNZM (born 1932, Christchurch) is a New Zealand cartoonist, scientist, columnist and graphic artist.

He has been an editorial cartoonist to the National Business Review since 1975, specialising in political satire. As a biologist he is interested in animal populations, animal behaviour and diseases and did his PhD on hedgehog ecology. He has published material on butterfly evolution in Sicily, behaviour of sparrows, magpies, possums, starlings, mange mites, animal roadkill, flax flowering, cabbage tree disease.

He has been a science columnist for Wellington's Dominion Post newspaper since 2001.

Brockie takes a strong interest in refuting popular myths, like danger to humans from 1080 poison used to control possum populations.[1]

Brockie is a member of New Zealand Skeptics.[2]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, xxx was appointed a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and cartooning.[3][4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • I was there!: dramatic first-hand accounts from New Zealand’s history
  • City Nature: Everyday Plants and Animals in NZ Cities
  • Dr Bob's amazing nature facts
  • Brockie’s Bones of contention: a selection of cartoons
  • Don't Vote - It Only Encourages Them

A Living New Zealand Forest (1992)


  1. ^ "Our daily fix of 1080 poison". The Dominion Post. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (Inc.) Newsletter Winter 2003
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013" (24 June 2013) 80 New Zealand Gazette 2171.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013". Honours List. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.