Bob Brockie

Robert Ellison Brockie MNZM (born 1932 in Christchurch) is a New Zealand cartoonist, scientist, columnist and graphic artist.

He has been an editorial cartoonist to the National Business Review since 1975, specialising in political satire. As a biologist he is interested in animal populations, animal behaviour and diseases and did his PhD on hedgehog ecology. He has published material on butterfly evolution in Sicily, behaviour of sparrows, magpies, possums, starlings, mange mites, animal roadkill, flax flowering, cabbage tree disease.

He has been a science columnist for Wellington's Dominion Post newspaper since 2001.

Brockie takes a strong interest in refuting popular myths, like danger to humans from 1080 poison used to control possum populations.[1]

Brockie is a member of New Zealand Skeptics.[2]

In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013, he was appointed a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and cartooning.[3]

Selected bibliography


  1. "Our daily fix of 1080 poison". The Dominion Post. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. New Zealand Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (Inc.) Newsletter Winter 2003
  3. "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013". New Zealand Gazette No. 80, p. 2171, 24 June 2013.

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