Sir Russell Pettigrew, the founder of transport company Freightways and a former president of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, has died aged 94.
A statement from his family says Sir Russell passed away quietly in Hawke's Bay yesterday.
The family says Sir Russell had a lifelong love for rugby, becoming a member of the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union, later serving as President of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union.
He was well known in business circles as the founder of transport company Freightways Ltd and it was for that role and his dedication to the transport industry that he received a Knight Bachelor in the 1983 New Year Honours list.
Sir Russell was inducted into the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2013.
He is survived by his wife Glennis, and the family says he will be truly missed by all who knew him.