NAME Malcolm Saba Farry

PLACE OF BIRTH Gore, Southland

FAMILY Married for 45 years to Lyn (former primary school teacher); 5 daughters and 3 sons (all graduates of the University of Otago); 5 grandchildren

INTERESTS Family, Sport, Music, Movies, Education, Health and Social Justice Issues

EDUCATION St Mary’s Primary, Gore, St Kevin’s College, Oamaru, University of Otago

DEGREES Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Otago 1962


Companion New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) 2012

Papal Award for service to Catholic Education 2004

Fellow of the New Zealand Dental Association 2000

Rotary Paul Harris Fellow


Honourary Associate Member NZDA 2013



Owner/Principal and Manager Group Dental Practice 1965 - 1987

​There were many facets to this role other than Clinical Dentistry. I also utilised my skills in such areas as business management, strategic planning and business administration.



Executive Director 1986 - 

​Involved in Property Management, business consultancy, food and beverage, tourism, fashion, retailing, music, art, event management and hospitality.


This role involves every aspect of running a successful and thriving business. My major roles as Executive Director are areas such as: business planning, strategic planning, budgeting, business goals and  business administration.



The trust was responsible for the development of the concept, design and the construction of and fundraising for the roofed Forsyth Barr Stadium in association with the University of Otago, completed in 2011.


Some of my major roles as Chairman included areas such as: strategy & strategic planning, budgeting, construction management, contract management, public relations, sales & marketing and fundraising.


Chairman Fundraising Appeal for Orokonui Eco- Sanctuary 2005 - 2007

Focussed on restoring and preserving a piece of natural Otago's flora and fauna.

My main roles as Director include: governance, strategic planning, health and safety, budgets, business start-ups, business planning.

Chairman Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust 2006 - 

Director Mercy Hospital 1996 -

Former Deputy Chairman Otago Museum 1998 - 2004

Chairman Otago Festival of the Arts 2010 - 

Chairman Otago Youth Wellness Trust 2004 - 2013

Executive Director Farry Group Ltd 1987 - 

Executive Director Farrys Motels Ltd 1972 - 

Executive Director Saba Corporation Ltd 1996 - 

Director Phase One Ltd 1987 - 

Director Cargills Properties Ltd 1987 - 2014

Director Farry Riddell & Co Ltd 1987 - 

My main role with Farry Riddell Consultants is: business consultant, business advice, business planning, budget, business goals and new business start-ups.

Chairman The Artist’s Room Ltd 2004 - 

Providing a wide range of art with a special emphasis on local art.

Director The Framer’s Studio Ltd 2008 - 

Director Patfor Ltd 2004 - 

Chairman Thornbrook Ltd 2004 - 

Executive Director MRF Properties 1987 - 


Chairman Placers Investment Ltd 2012 - 


Trustee of University of Otago Advisory Boards - Masters of International Studies and Brain Health Research Centre


Chair Otago Youth Wellness Trust – providing a wrap around, holistic service for at risk youth from the ages of 11 to 18 years.

Former Board member Catholic Social Services

40 year financial supporter of World Vision

Co-founder of Farry Family Childcare Trust (supporting needy children on a case by case basis)


Director of Mercy Hospital, Dunedin 1996 - 

Dental Practitioner 1962 - 2000


Inaugural Chairman Kavanagh College Board of Trustees 1988-2004

My main roles as the Chairman at Kavanagh College were as follows: holistic secondary education, strategic planning, business planning, management of construction, budgets, measurement of outcomes.

Chairman Kavanagh College Building, Finance, Personnel, Resource committees over period of 1988-1994

Chairman New Zealand Dental Association Education and Research Committee 1982-1989

Clinical Tutor University of Otago School of Dentistry 1978-1998

External Examiner University of Otago Dental School 1987-1989

Management Lecturer University of Otago School of Dentistry 1993 – 

Past Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President Otago Branch NZDA 1972-1975

Otago Representative to NZDA Council 1978-1982

Presentation of paper at NZDA Biennial National Conference 1978

Chairman NZDA Biennial National Conference Committees 1980 & 2000

Member of Post Graduate Committee Faculty of Dentistry 1981-1988


Dunedin City Councillor and Chair of Economic Development Committee 1998-2004

When I was a Councillor for the Dunedin City Council, my main roles were: to promote the Dunedin economy and to assist the business community to increase the number of employment opportunities.

Developed Dunedin City Economic Strategy 1999

Chair Harbourside Development 2004 - 2007

Developed Heads of Agreement with Otago University Business School 2003

Member Project Control Group City College 1998-1999

Chairman of Project Gateway 2000-2004

Responsible for establishing and growing links with Sydney in trade and tourism utilising international flight growth and business links.

Establishment of Centre of Innovation – University of Otago and Dunedin City Council joint venture 2001 - 2003


Instigator Dunedin Fashion Incubator (DFI) 2000

Instigator Fashion Incubator Apparel programme and UPSTART new super incubator 2002


Dunedin City Councillor and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee 1998 – 2004

Chairman Orokonui Ecosanctuary Fundraising Appeal 2005 – 2007

Chairman Inaugural Dunedin Relay for Life – Cancer Society 2002

Member Project control Group, Otago Museum Development 1998 –2008

Board member, Vice President, President Dunedin Jaycees 1964-1969


Secretary, President Dunedin Cedar Club 1965-1975

Member Periodic Detention Advisory Committee 1969-1973

Past Board Member Otago Highlanders Rugby Board 2004 - 2008

Sponsor for a number of years of Otago/Southland Netball



Member Otago Peninsula Trust Albatross Appeal Committee 1987-1988

Member Otago Train Trust Appeal Committee 1991

Member Otago University Development Appeal Committee 1990-1991

Member St Joseph’s Cathedral Restoration Appeal Committee 1993

Member Edgar Sports Centre Appeal Committee 1994


Eucharistic Minister and Reader

Past Chairman Parish Finance Committee

Regular Church attendee

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