Founding Member Wally Yelavich passes

Wally Yelavich received his "Founding member" Award at the 2008 QuarryNZ Conference, Auckland

Wally Yelavich received his “Founding member” Award at the 2008 QuarryNZ Conference, Auckland


It is with great sadness that we record the passing of one of the Institute of Quarrying NZ Founding members, Walter Peter (Wally) Yelavich on 13 July 2013, aged 89 years.

Wally recently featured in the “Profiles in Stone” book published by the IOQNZ in 2012, highlighting his long career in the quarrying and transport business.

Wally made a significant contribution to the industry throughout his career. He was a mentor to many, was kindly spoken and had an infectious sense of humour. Wally held positions on the local (Auckland) IOQNZ Branch as well as on the NZ Executive Council of the IOQNZ. Some highlights include:

  • In 1992 he was awarded the Blackwood Shield (formerly Paykel Engineering Shield) – to a member for outstanding contribution to the Auckland Branch over the years
  • In 2000 he received the RD Hassed Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NZ member of the Institute who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Branch during the current year.
  • In 2002 (at the Annual Conference – Palmerston North) he was made an Honorary Fellow of the IONZ and also
  • in 2002 he was made a Life Member of the Aggregate and Quarry Association.

Wally continued to attend some local branch meetings and the annual conferences until 2008.

Our sincere condolences are extended to the Yelavich family.

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