Honorary Life Members

2021 Honorary Member: 

Julie Palmer


Julie’s involvement with the society almost 30 years including 14 years on the National Committee and having run the Manawatu Branch of GSNZ for over ten years. She is in the top 6 longest-serving National committee members, and has held all 4 Officer positions. According to her nominees, only 2 other members have served longer that Julie. She was also one of the first Trustees of the Geological Society Awards Trust

She has worked in New Zealand in both government and industry, as an economic geologist over much of her career. She has contributed to geoscience education and research through lecturing and supervision at Massey University where she is currently still working. Of note is her dedication to geoscience outreach and sharing her passion for geoscience.

She has been on the organising committees of at least two GSNZ conferences (2006 and 2014), and is co-convener of the 2021/2022 conference in Palmerston North.

You can watch Julie's acceptance message here.

Honorary Members

The GSNZ Honorary Member award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to the success of the GSNZ and/or its predecessors and to the advancement of the geosciences in New Zealand. It is not necessarily about recognising a lifetime contribution to geoscientific research but rather it acknowledges outstanding and sustained contributions made to the successful and continued operations of the GSNZ and the wider geoscience community.

Honorary Life Members




Glenn Vallender


Nick Mortimer


Janet George


Campbell (Cam) Nelson


Mike Johnston


Jack Grant-Mackie


David Skinner


Bruce Hayward


Simon Nathan


Bruce Thompson