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New Year Honours 2019 - Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

HASSALL, Dr Ian Bruce

For services to the welfare of children

Dr Ian Hassall has spent his career championing children’s rights and to this day his work continues to impact on child welfare services, practices and research.

Dr Hassall contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot death and initiated a successful campaign to reduce the drowning rate of children at home. He has been responsible for medical oversight of the nationwide network of Plunket/Karitane Family units. He established the Child Abuse Prevention Society (Parent Help) in 1977. He was appointed as the first Commissioner for Children in 1989 and has been a member of a number of ministerial advisory committees on various issues affecting children. He became Chair of the Children’s Agenda lobby group in 1999 and was involved in establishing the Brainwave Trust. He helped set up the national children’s phone counselling service ‘What’s Up’, and was a Trustee of its governance board the Kids Helpline Trust until 2008. He was involved in the formation of Every Child Counts, which aims to include children’s interests in the processes of government. In the early 1990s Dr Hassall promoted the establishment of a Children’s Day, with the project being picked up by Rotary leading to the first New Zealand Children’s Day celebrated in 2000.

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To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

MCLEOD, Mr Robert Arnold (Rob)

For services to business and Māori

Mr Rob McLeod was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014 of Ernst and Young Oceania and retired as Chairman of Ernst and Young in 2015.

Mr McLeod has been a specialist tax practitioner for more than 25 years. He was appointed as a member of the Capital Markets Taskforce in 2008 and has been Lead Negotiator for Te Haeata (Ngati Porou Treaty Settlement Committee). He chaired the New Zealand Business Roundtable from 2002 to 2010 and was Chair of the Government Tax Review 2001. He is a retired member of the Business Council of Australia, including membership of the Indigenous Engagement Taskforce and the Economic Policy and Competitiveness Committee. In 2006 he was appointed to the Hui Taumata Taskforce to increase Māori workforce participation, promote entrepreneurship, and enhance Māori leadership and governance. He was a member of the Independent Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Defence Review, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, and the Ministerial (Todd) Taskforce on Tertiary Education. He has been a Commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, Chairman of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, and Director of Tainui Group Holdings. Mr McLeod holds a number of directorships and consultancies in New Zealand and is Chairman of the E Tipu E Rea Trust.

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To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

SHADBOLT, Mr Timothy Richard (Tim), JP

For services to local government and the community

Mr Tim Shadbolt is the longest serving Mayor in New Zealand and an inspirational leader for both Invercargill and the Southern Region.

Mr Shadbolt was first elected as Mayor of Waitemata City for six years. Then in 1993 he was elected to serve as Mayor of Invercargill City until 1995. He was re-elected in 1998 and is now serving his eighth term in office. He campaigned for the Zero Fees scheme at the Southland Institute of Technology, which encouraged youth to remain in the region or migrate South to study. This has led to an increase in the population and stimulated economic growth in Southland. Two major new facilities, Stadium Southland and S.I.T. Velodrome were built during his Mayoralty. The Splash Palace Aquatic Centre, The Invercargill Airport Terminal and the Civic Theatre have all been refurbished during his term in office. He has been a leading advocate for attracting overseas students, Sister Cities, Māori Land Rights, supporting the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, the retention of Dunedin Hospital’s Neurological Unit, and the recovery of Auckland Island Pigs for medical research. Mr Shadbolt has helped raise funds and performed in several feature films and reality television programmes, and along with regular newspaper columns and other published works, he has made a significant contribution to raising Invercargill’s profile and serving its citizens.

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To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO

For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector

Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.

Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.


Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Queen’s Birthday 2007

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Last updated: 
Monday, 31 December 2018

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