Peter Elworthy

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Sir Peter Herbert Elworthy (3 March 1935 – 11 January 2004) was a prominent New Zealand farmer-businessman who came from a well established South Canterbury farming family.


Elworthy was the leader of the Federated Farms of New Zealand during the reforms in the 1980s. In 1987 he received the Bledisloe award for agriculture.

One of Elworthy's major accomplishments was the takeover of New Zealand's largest farming/fertiliser company "Kempthorne Prosser & Co. Ltd" which was absorbed into Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative. His business interests were equally strong, from being instrumental in the founding of the Ravensdown fertiliser co-operative (1977–1982) to his association with Auckland's highly successful Sky City casino as a director. He was knighted in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to agriculture.[1] He was a member of the Institute of Directors.[2]

Elworthy had two brothers, Jonathan Elworthy a New Zealand politician, and David Elworthy a publisher.


Elworthy owned a Tiger Moth aeroplane which he used to fly around New Zealand.


In January 2004, Elworthy died suddenly of a heart attack early in the morning on the way to the bathroom.

He is survived by his wife Fiona Elworthy, 2 sons (Forbes and Charles) and 2 daughters(Josephine and Eve).