By PHILIP CHANDLER
The owners of Queenstown’s stunning Remarkables Station, Jillian (left) and Dick Jardine are pictured with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy (centre) after being made Members of the Order of New Zealand at a ceremony in Wellington last week.
The couple made headlines last year by announcing they’d be gifting 900 hectares of their
station to Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, which protects NZ’s natural heritage, in 2022,
coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the family’s ownership of the land.
Soon after the couple featured on the New Year’s honours list for services to philanthropy and conservation.
In 2017 they signed over their lakefront Woolshed Bay home and property to the University
of Otago to establish a research retreat and another nine hectares, featuring glacial boulders, to the QEII National Trust.
This area, known as Jardines’ Boulder Field, is popular with rock climbers and sightseers.
In addition the couple organised a fundraiser for Otago University’s neurology chair,
while Jillian’s also been a big backer of the local Turn Up The Music Trust music school.