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PUBLISHED 29 MAY 2018

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The Property Foundation is looking for interesting material for our public archive given that we're in our 30th Anniversary.

We found this post from the Massey University news item way back in 1999 when one of our former trustees stepped down after many years of service and was commended at the annual Property Foundation awards dinner...

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Property Foundation salutes JJ
Just months after former council member JJ Stewart received the Massey Medal at a Palmerston North graduation ceremony, he was again being saluted for his contribution to the University this time in Auckland.

JJ recently stood down as a trustee of the Massey University Property Foundation after eight years of service. His dedication to property studies was honoured at the foundation's annual Dinner, Charity Auction and Ball in Auckland.

The Foundation's Auckland Chairman Gordon Davies read extracts from the citation written by University Orator Robert Neale for the presentation of the Massey Medal to JJ in May.

"You can't get much nearer to the true heartbeat of New Zealand than the three chosen spheres of JJ Stewart's life - rugby, agriculture and education," he said.

Mr Davies talked about JJ as schoolmaster at New Plymouth Boys' High School, then as Principal of Flock House, which earned him an MBE in 1983.

In the 1970s JJ was elevated to coach and convenor of selectors for the All Blacks. He was later appointed to the Government Inquiry into Sport committee whose report led to the establishment of the Hillary Commission.

Mr Davies also detailed JJ's on-going connection with Massey University a Diploma in Agriculture in the 1940s, interrupted by army service; over four decades later a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities; and membership of the University Council, ceasing only recently on reaching the 12-year limit.

"This is the distinguished outward career of JJ Stewart. But it reveals only a fraction of the man. Of unique distinction is the personality that underlies all these achievements. He is a person who cares deeply, who thinks penetratingly, who understands people and has time for them.

"I have had the privilege of serving with JJ as a trustee and have been party to his wit, wisdom, passion and compassion. It is with some sadness mixed with pleasure that I now acknowledge JJ Stewart's contribution as a Trustee of the Massey University Property Foundation and his retirement from that position," said Mr Davies.

JJ received rapturous applause upon his ascent to the stage. The 300-strong crowd then erupted in laughter as JJ explained that he felt it was appropriate to open his present on stage.

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