Dryden Spring

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Sir Dryden Thomas Spring DSc (Honoris Causa), DistFInstD (born 6 October 1939) of Tauranga, is a New Zealand businessman, who was Chairman of the New Zealand Dairy Board from 1989 to 1998 and Chairman of New Zealand Dairy Group from 1982 to 1987, Chairman Of ANZ New Zealand from 2007 to 2012. He is a Laureate of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


He became President of The NZ Sharemilkers Association in 1967, President of Waikato Federated Farmers in 1972 and a director of New Zealand Dairy Group in 1973 at the age of 33.[1] In 1973 he was chosen as New Zealands Outstanding Young Man Of The Year by New Zealand Jaycees. In 2003 he was awarded the Holden Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Dairy Industry. Spring was Chairman of ANZ National Bank from April 2007 to June 2012, having formerly served as a director of the National Bank of New Zealand Limited. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Life Member of Waikato Federated Farmers and a Distinguished Fellow of Massey University Academy of Agriculture. Spring was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Massey University in 2000[2]

Spring formerly held a number of directorships including Nufarm Ltd., Maersk NZ Ltd., Affco Ltd., Fletcher Building Ltd., Sky City Entertainment Group Ltd., Port of Tauranga Ltd; Northport Ltd., Deputy Chairman of Goodman Fielder Ltd., Chairman of Ericcson NZ Ltd. Chairman Of Tenon Ltd., Deputy Chairman Of Ports Of Auckland Ltd., Deputy Chairman of The Rural Banking and Finance Corp of New Zealand. He was formerly a member of The APEC Eminent Persons Group, which in 1993 drafted the APEC Vision of Free and Open Trade in the Asia Pacific, a member of APEC Business Advisory Council, Chairman of Asia New Zealand Foundation, and also a founding trustee of the New Zealand Business and Parliamentary Trust.[3]

Honours and family[edit]

Spring was awarded a New Zealand Commemoration Medal in 1990. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to the dairy industry.[4] He is descended from the Spring family of Ballyraemeen, Kerry, Ireland. He was appointed a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 1911. He was inducted as a Laureate of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2013. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Waikato University in 2014


  • Burke's Peerage
  1. ^ Sir Dryden Receives Accolade Archived 18 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Honorary Graduates - Massey University Retrieved 11 January 2013 and an Honorary Doctorate by Waikato University in 2014.. .
  3. ^ Sir Dryden Spring
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53697, 10 June 1994. Retrieved 11 January 2013.