Sir Robert Arthur Owens - KNZM - CBE Order of Merit (Chile)
Manchester-born master mariner Bob Owens arrived in New Zealand in 1946 with Â£140.
He moved to Tauranga where he set up a shipping and stevedoring business (later the Owens Group) in 1953. He was a pioneer exporter of logs to Japan and in 1967 became representative for Mitsui OSK Lines.
Owens became a national figure in 1972, putting together the New Zealand half of the joint venture to acquire the Union Steam Ship Company from P&O.
Owens made his name in local body politics, serving after the 1971 election as mayor of both Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.
In 1982 he led a trade mission to South America and was instrumental in breaking the Australian-led trade ban against Chile.