For services to Asian communities
Mr Virinder Aggarwal was a founding member of the Asian Network Inc in 2002, served on the Executive Committee, and has been Chairperson for six years.
The Asian Network provides a platform to assist Asian communities in Auckland by identifying and responding to the needs to these communities through information sharing, training opportunities, and submissions to central and local government. Under Mr Aggarwal’s leadership the Network co-hosted two International Asian Health Conferences in collaboration with the University of Auckland’s Centre for Asian Health Research and Evaluation and established an annual Asian Forum focusing on health and wellbeing. He has edited the Network’s monthly newsletter and been on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Migrant News bimonthly newspaper. He has represented the Indian community on the Older People’s Advisory Group since 2005. He has been founder, President and remains a current member of the Global Organisation for Persons of Indian Origin (West) branch since 2008. He has led fundraising committees for the Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust since 1996. He was Migrant Representative to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs from 2005 to 2011 and has been an Executive Committee member of Migrant Support Services. Mr Aggarwal chaired the working committee of Shakti Family Settlement and Social Services from 2000 to 2012.
For services to lawn bowls and the community
Mr Frank Bax is a dairy farmer in Hikutaia, Thames Valley, who has voluntarily contributed over many years to a number of local and national organisations, particularly in a fundraising and administrative capacity.
Mr Bax has been involved with a number of bowling organisations, including Thames Valley Lawn Bowls as Secretary/Treasurer and Board member, Thames Valley Indoor Bowls Centre as President, Selector, and Board member, Secretary of Thames Valley Lawn Bowls Greenkeepers Association, Hikutaia Lawn Bowling Club as Secretary, Treasurer, and President, and President of Wharepoa Indoor Bowls. As Secretary for the Bowls New Zealand North Island Lawn Bowlers Greenkeepers Conference, held in Whangamata in 2018, he was responsible for a number of successful fundraising applications and creating the conference website. He has served as an Ohinemuri Calf Group Judge since 1967, and as Patron and President of the Paeroa Agricultural and Pastoral Show. He has served as President and publicity officer of the Thames Valley Holstein Friesian Club, President of the Waikato Branch of the Holstein Friesian Club, and as councillor and publicity coordinator of the New Zealand Holstein Association for Mystery Creek from 1992 to 1995. Mr Bax helped organise the Hikutaia School Centenary in 1978, and the 125th Jubilee in 2004.
For services to the Indian community and sport
Mr Bhikhu Bhana has been involved with the New Zealand Indian Central Association for more than 40 years and has been President since 2016, having held other offices previously within the organisation.
Mr Bhana has been a member of the Pukekohe Indian Association for 25 years and has held the roles of Secretary and President. As President he played a key role in revitalising the organisation and helped instigate events with other Indian groups in the region. He has organised a Diwali Festival event at the Pukekohe Arts and Cultural Centre. He has played a key role in the facilitation of the MOKKA Photo Exhibition showcasing 125 years of Indians living in New Zealand at museums throughout the country. With a background as a representative player of cricket and hockey for Canterbury, he has been involved with sports administration through the Christchurch and Pukekohe Indian Sports Clubs. He was the Counties Manukau Hockey Association delegate to the New Zealand Hockey Association from 1999 to 2002. Mr Bhana has been Director of the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions since 2014 and was involved with the New Zealand Steel Credit Union Board on a voluntary basis for 17 years.
For services to music education
Mrs Winifred Bickerstaff has been involved in music education in Hawke’s Bay since 1962.
During the 1960s and 1970s Mrs Bickerstaff voluntarily organised community concerts for her students and those of other local Hawke’s Bay teachers. These concerts were held at the Municipal Theatre Napier and involved more than 100 primary and intermediate students performing orchestral arrangements, many written by her to accommodate all levels of skill over the course of the concert. She built up a collection of instruments that were loaned to students who could not afford their own. She has been involved in organising monthly public concerts since the 1980s, coordinating teachers, adult students and advanced students to perform. In the 1980s she became an advocate of the Suzuki method of teaching and established the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI). She held all positions with this branch over the years and was the Hawke’s Bay delegate on the National Executive of NZSI from the 1980s until 2010. She organised two national NZSI conferences hosted by Hawke’s Bay. She developed an initiative to print and provide Practice Books to NZSI branch members throughout New Zealand. Mrs Bickerstaff was made a Life Member of the NZSI in 1991.
For services to art curation
Mrs Barbara Brinsley is a longstanding member of the Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust’s Art Advisory Committee (AAC) and curates the Dunedin Hospital art collection on a voluntary basis.
The art collection was established in 1972 in response to medical literature attesting that contemporary original art in healthcare environments can benefit wellbeing. The AAC dissolved in the 1990s but was re-established in 2002 after concerns for proper care of valuable artworks. Mrs Brinsley restored the Dunedin Hospital collection from its vulnerable and neglected state to achieve a vibrant and dignified display promoting the wellbeing of patients, family, staff and visitors. The extensive collection, spread throughout the Dunedin and Wakari Hospital campuses, has grown to comprise more than 2,200 individual works. It features art by prominent national and local artists. She has initiated fundraising activities for major purchases and repairs, including Robin White’s ‘Your Health is Your Wealth’ that was bought for $35,000. Since 2003, in her role as Aesthetics Coordinator for the Southern District Health Board, she has acquired additional responsibilities concerning the décor of the hospital. A passionate supporter of prominent Dunedin and New Zealand fashion designers, Mrs Brinsley sponsors the Barbara Brinsley ‘Carpe Diem’ Award, which was inaugurated at the ID International Emerging Designers Awards 2018.
For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Mr Warwick Brooks has been a member of Tairua-Pauanui Returned and Servicemen’s Association since 1993 and is currently Vice-President.
Mr Brooks has played a key role in coordinating ANZAC Day services and parades locally. As part of World War One centenary commemorations he organised a commemorative headstone to be erected in the main road cemetery, coordinated the Tairua planting of the New Zealand WWI memorial forest, and provided research for an audio visual display at the ANZAC Civic Service. He was a member of the Tairua Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1969 until 2001, rising to the rank of Chief Fire Officer in 1979. From 2003 to 2013 he served as the Brigade’s Treasurer and in 2018 was appointed Patron. For 10 years he also served simultaneously as Chief Fire Officer of the Pauanui Auxiliary Fire Brigade until a volunteer brigade was formally established. He was a member of Tairua Fire Brigade Hose Running Team competing regionally and nationally, after which he was a coach and competition judge. He was elected to the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board in 2016 and has been involved with walking trail projects locally. Mr Brooks has held roles with the Tairua School Committee and Tairua Rugby Sports Club.
For services to publishing and the community
Reverend George Bryant has been a pioneer of Christian publishing in New Zealand and has contributed to a range of community organisations nationally and locally in Whangarei and Tauranga.
Reverend Bryant is founder and co-director of publishing company DayStar Books Ltd, a not-for-profit company that assists authors in publishing books that will influence people and society in a positive way. He previously chaired Daystar Christian magazine from 2002 to 2004. He has authored 22 books, delivered seminars on writing around New Zealand, and personally mentored budding writers. He was Minister at Welcome Bay Community Church from 1999 to 2004 and is currently honorary assistant pastor at St Enoch’s Presbyterian Church Tauranga. He has been Chairman of Whangarei Birthright and was Vice-President of Birthright New Zealand from 1986 to 1990. He has been involved with Northland Mental Health Trust. He was a member of the Education Board of World Vision New Zealand from 1996 to 2000. He was a Whangarei City Councillor from 1983 to 1989, during which time he was Chairman of Town Planning and President of the Council of Social Services. He has been President of Rotary Clubs in both Whangarei and Tauranga. Reverend Bryant was Chairman of Bay of Plenty Symphonia from 2015 to 2016.
For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Mr Mark Buckley has been a volunteer firefighter since 1987, rising to the rank of Chief Fire Officer of Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade, a position he has held since 2006.
Mr Buckley provided significant support to both the members of the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade and to the wider Lyttelton community following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. In addition to his usual duties during this period he augmented the Brigade with civilian tradespeople to increase their capability. He set up the Lyttelton Station as a hub for local emergency services, including Civil Defence, Police, and the Christchurch City Council, and was a key liaison with the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury who acted as logistical support from the Lyttelton Port facility. Following demolition of the earthquake-damaged fire station on London Street, he led a team of brigade members to oversee the design and construction of a new station on the pre-existing site. He helped lead the response to the Port Hill fires in 2017 and supported local residents evacuated from their homes. More generally Mr Buckley has developed and mentored a dedicated team within his brigade who provide co-responder capability for St John Ambulance, as well as school and community group education, and involvement with planning and running ANZAC Day events.
For services to outdoor recreation and conservation
Mr Andrew Buglass has led the preservation and maintenance of backcountry huts and tracks in Westland.
In 2003 he founded a website and established a group called Permolat for like-minded enthusiasts to maintain and preserve backcountry huts and tracks. The underlying ethos of this group is to provide quality alternatives to the more well-maintained and popular tramping tracks promoted in New Zealand. The Permolat group now has more than 300 members and has become a strong voice for the retention of remote low-use backcountry facilities, as well as actively carrying out hut and track maintenance. Permolat established a Trust in 2014, of which Mr Buglass is Chair, which maintains more than 40 remote huts on the West Coast. This model has been replicated in Canterbury and Southland and volunteers now maintain huts in the Ruahine and Tararua Forest Parks. The Department of Conservation recognised the success of the Permolat model and in 2014 funded the New Zealand Outdoor Recreation Consortium to grow volunteer effort to maintain the wider backcountry hut and trail network across New Zealand. The Backcountry Trust was established in 2017 to continue this work. Mr Buglass’ contributions have had a lasting impact on how remote huts and trails are maintained in New Zealand.
For services to the community and sport
Mr Gerard Bullimore has chaired the Kumara Community Trust since 1997, which was established to organise the annual Coast-to-Coast multisport event pre-race meal for competitors and support crews.
Mr Bullimore has overseen the raising of $600,000 for the Kumara Memorial Hall, where the pre-race event has been held, as well as the raising of funds from this event for other local organisations. He has been a member of the Kumara Memorial Hall committee since 1967 and was Chairperson for 20 years. He has been involved with hands on maintenance and projects to improve the hall facilities. He was Chairperson of the Kumara Sports Complex from 1989 to 2011 and remains a committee member. He played a key role in initiating this project, liaising on council matters, and coordinating such things as the placement of goal posts and night lighting. He was Chairperson of the Kumara Softball organisation for 15 years, during which time he was manager of representative teams for Kumara and Grey High School. He was involved with Kumara Rugby as Junior Advisory Board representative and coached Junior teams from 1989 to 1991. Mr Bullimore was Property Manager of Kumara Primary School in the 1990s and a member of the Kumara Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1971 until 2001.
For services to the community
Mrs Margaret Campion has been a key member of Alzheimers Whanganui since 1989, serving much of this time as President.
As President Mrs Campion played a key role in driving the organisation to achieve the quality standards required by the national body in 2009. She has been involved with the National Council of Women since 1990 in a range of roles and is a Life Member of the Whanganui branch. She wrote a history of the Whanganui branch for its 75th anniversary, which was published in 2013. She co-wrote the book ‘The Road to Mangamahu’ (1988), a history of the Whangaehu River valley from Reid’s Hill to Mount View Station. She helped research and write a centenary booklet for Whanganui East School. She is active with Zonta and was President of the Zonta Club of Whanganui from 2003 to 2005. She has coordinated a wide variety of projects for Zonta. Through Zonta she liaised with Rural Women New Zealand to support rural families affected by severe flooding in 2004. She has been on the Board of Hikurangi Rest Home and the Regional Museum. Mrs Campion was elected to the Whanganui District Council from 2001 to 2004.
For services to hockey
Mr Rick Child and his wife Ms Sheryl Law have been the driving force of Southern Districts Hockey Club (SDHC) for 35 years and have grown the club to a strong position.
Ms Law and Mr Child have coordinated programmes to enable children from different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds to become involved in hockey and to join the Club. He has held a range of positions within SDHC including Chairman, Treasurer and representative on the Papatoetoe Sports and Community Charitable Trust Board (PSCCT). He has been involved in the development of Kolmar, a multi-sport facility run by PSCCT, having been previously involved in negotiations with Manukau City and Auckland Councils to construct the complex, which opened in 2011. He has also been Junior Management Committee member and Executive Committee member of Auckland Hockey Association. As a player he has played Premier/Senior Mens Hockey, Auckland and New Zealand Juniors, as an Auckland Senior Representative, and New Zealand Masters. He has coached various club and school teams including SDHC Premier Mens and Womens teams, as well as high school girls first XI teams. At the representative level Mr Child has coached Auckland A and B Womens teams, Auckland Junior Mens and Womens and has been Auckland Junior (U21) Mens team manager.
For services to the community
Mr John Clark was Chairman of the Cornwall Park Trust Board from 2011 to 2017, having been a Trustee since 1991.
Auckland’s Cornwall Park was gifted to New Zealand by Sir John Logan Campbell in 1901 and remains in free public use. Mr Clark has overseen increased visitor numbers to the Park and managed many challenging issues. As Chairman he oversaw the construction of a new café in 2015, the refurbishment of the bistro in 2016, the resealing of all roads within the Park, the reconstruction of a number of stone walls, the construction of new gates at all the vehicle and significant visitor entrances to the Park, and the redevelopment of Campbell Crescent to mark the 200th anniversary of the Park’s benefactor. He was responsible for the relaunch of Sir John Logan Campbell’s book ‘Poenamo Revisited’ in 2012 to mark the centenary of Sir John’s death and was instrumental in the reprinting of ‘Reminiscences of a Long Life: John Logan Campbell’ in 2017. He joined the controlling Executive of the Auckland Division of the Cancer Society of New Zealand in 1983 and served as President from 1994 to 1997. During this period Mr Clark was responsible for the development of Domain Lodge to accommodate cancer patients and their families while receiving treatment at Auckland City Hospital.
For services to water management
Mr Geoff Crutchley was instrumental in the formation of the Taieri Trust in 2002, New Zealand’s first large scale integrated catchment management project, and served as Chairman.
The Taieri Trust looked at practical implementation and relationships between researchers and the community, platforms for knowledge sharing, environmental education, and taking action on addressing water issues, earning several awards for their efforts. In 2006 Mr Crutchley became Chair of the newly established Upper Taieri Resource Management Group, which was set up to address the issue of historic permits for water use due to be phased out by 2021. He has brought together water users to work together to form community managed allocation groupings for new Resource Management Act consents. Two major tributaries, the Kyeburn and Sowburn have lodged group consents for their future water use and others are in the process of doing so. He was instrumental in establishing the Maniototo Pest Management Company in the 1990s, which today is one of New Zealand’s most successful locally owned pest management groups. He was a Founding Director and served on the Board for nine years. Mr Crutchley is a past member and Chairman of the Patearoa School Board of Trustees.
For services to music
Mrs Elizabeth Curtis organised the Hawke’s Bay Young Musician of the Year competition from 2011 until 2017.
Mrs Curtis has been Musical Director at St Luke’s Anglican Church since 1978. She has been Vocal Tutor and accompanist for the New Zealand Secondary School’s Choir and of the Linden Singers of Hastings since 2006. She has also composed six works that have been performed by the Linden Singers, in addition to other works she has composed for special events more widely. She has been a Choral Trainer and singer with Hawke’s Bay Opera. She was Secretary of the Hawke’s Bay Society for Music Education for a number of years. Mrs Curtis taught music from 1977 to 1986 at Hereworth School, where she also trained the school choir and was organist at the Hereworth Chapel.
For services to Girls Brigade
Mrs Elizabeth Dickens has been active in the New Zealand Girls Brigade for nearly 50 years.
The Girls Brigade is an international interdenominational Christian organisation that provides weekly programmes in the community for girls aged 5 to 18 years. Since 1966 Mrs Dickens has served as volunteer leader where she has contributed to the well-being and development of many girls in the Waitakere community. She has been an important part of the national organisation, including overseeing the hosting of a number of Pacific Regional Conferences. Since 2000 she has been employed by the Girls Brigade as the National Administrative Director. In this role she has helped the organisation develop and implement the ICONZ for Girls programme, which offers young women in the community opportunities to gain life skills. She has worked with the Board to create plans for the future of the Brigade and to update the constitution to be forward looking. She has hosted Board meetings in her home when suitable facilities were unavailable and has provided accommodation for members who travel from outside of Auckland for meetings. Mrs Dickens played a key role in the 2017 Fonomarae at Marsden Bay as both an employee and volunteer.
For services to the Coastguard
Mr Pete Dixon completed 30 years of volunteer service with the Kapiti Coastguard in 2017.
Mr Dixon joined the Kapiti Boating Club in 1986 and later joined the Coastguard in 1987, which was a part of the Boating Club at the time. He held several positions with the Club and became Vice Commodore in charge of the Coastguard unit from 1989 until 1992. He continued on as a member of the committee and was made a Life Member of the Boating Club in 2006. He was an active operational crew member, attending close to every operational search and rescue incident over 30 years, and worked his way up to the role of Senior Master. He was a member of the inaugural Board of Coastguard Central Region from 2003 until 2015. In 2001 he played a key role in establishing a Coastguard-based air patrol unit on the Kapiti Coast. He negotiated with the local flying club and they outfitted one of their planes for this purpose. He raised funds for the instrumentation involved in outfitting the plane and took air patrol training at the local Police College, later training a number of other Coastguard volunteers. Mr Dixon has been actively involved in sourcing a replacement vessel for the Paraparaumu Coastguard unit.
For services to the Coastguard
Mr Pete Donaldson has been involved with Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard (TVCG) since 1995.
Mr Donaldson is a qualified training officer for Coastguard New Zealand and is involved with the training of all boat crew for TVCG. He has trained more than 100 crew to Coastguard New Zealand operational level and some to skipper level over the years. He also undertook the task of getting Maketu Coastguard up to Coastguard New Zealand rescue unit standard. This involved a 100 kilometre round trip from his home on a weekly basis to deliver training on Monday nights. In 2008 he helped Maketu Coastguard with their application to become an affiliated New Zealand Coastguard Unit. He has been a member of the TVCG Board since 2007 and was recently made a Life Member for his service. Mr Donaldson is a Senior Skipper and the maintenance officer for TVCG’s two rescue boats.
Deceased. Her Majesty’s approval of this award took effect on 27 November 2018, prior to the date of decease.
For services to the community and outdoor recreation
Mr Rod Eatwell has been involved with organisations in the Marlborough area for more than 40 years.
Mr Eatwell has been involved with school committees and has run youth groups. He initiated, organised and ran annual Talent Quests in Renwick between 1972 and 1976 to raise funds for the construction of the Presbyterian Youth Hall. He was Scout Master of the Renwick Branch of Scouts New Zealand from 1971 to 1978. He was Marlborough Delegate for the South Island Promotional Association from 1973 to 1981 and was involved in a number of development projects that were foundational to the South Island’s present tourism success. He formed the Inner Sounds Association ratepayers group in 1982 and chaired the association until 1995, overseeing a cost sharing agreement with the county to seal the main road to Kenepuru Head. He is a Life Member of the successor organisation the Kenepuru Central Sounds Ratepayers Association and served on the Roading Subcommittee until 2010. He voluntarily works towards eradicating the noxious weed Old Man’s Beard from Kenepuru Sounds. He has supported the Queen Charlotte Track since its inception, offering a segment of his property to run the track through and kept it maintained. Mr Eatwell has been a member of the Queen Charlotte Track Committee and has facilitated the installation of toilet facilities, signage and benches on the track.
For services to the community
Mr John Elliott founded the monthly Ponsonby Community Newsletter in 1989 to promote business and community interests in the Greater Ponsonby area and continues to write opinion editorials about local issues, identities and politics for the renamed Ponsonby News.
Mr Elliott was a guide on Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary for several years, and served a term on the Supporter’s Committee. Pursuing his environmental interests, he has campaigned vigorously against the use of poisonous agrichemicals, particularly glyphosate, on Auckland streets, parks and reserves. The Waitemata Board has now banned glyphosate use in several local parks. He has also advocated for the Auckland Council to establish an Urban Sanctuary at Western Springs. He is recognised in the community as a fair-minded advocate and has often been called on to chair local meetings to ensure productive, respectful debates on local issues. Mr Elliott was the Member for Parliament for Whangarei from 1975 to 1981.
For services to seniors and the disabled
Mr Don Fairbrother was a key instigator of fundraising to establish the North Canterbury Mini Bus Trust to provide “virtually free” transport for the elderly and disabled of the area.
Through local service clubs, including Rangiora Rotary of which Mr Fairbrother was a member, $40,000 was raised in six months to purchase the first of mini bus of the Trust, which now maintains 10 vehicles, seven of which are wheelchair accessible. He was the initial Treasurer of the Trust and in 1997 he also took on the role of Chairperson, remaining in both positions until 2017. The Trust’s buses transport around 10,000 passengers annually, utilising more than 4,000 volunteer hours. Over the years the Trust has been instrumental in assisting other organisations and districts to establish their own local services, providing advice and loaning or on-selling its retiring vehicles to get the services started. He has been a member of the Cust West-Eyreton RSA since 1985 and served as Branch President for 12 years, during which time he led efforts to refurbish local war memorials. Mr Fairbrother has been Chairman of Rivertown Villas Body Corporate in Kaiapoi for 10 years and has been Charter President of the Woodend Probus Club.
For services to outdoor education
Mr Paul Gay was the convenor and Chairman of the Deep Cove Hostel Committee and Chairman of the Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust from 1971 to 2014.
The original Deep Cove Hostel was built in 1968 as accommodation for workers at the West Arm Power Station tailrace tunnel. When work was completed the ownership of the building was transferred to the Fiordland National Park in 1971 and at a public meeting the Deep Cove Hostel Committee was formed representing the Southland Education Board, intermediate and secondary schools, Department of Education and Fiordland National Park Board. Mr Gay has worked tirelessly to further the goals of the Trust and in particular to ensure its financial success and wide uptake of the use of its facilities by schools and educators throughout Southland. The complex, which now houses a marine laboratory and accommodation, has seen approximately 120,000 children, parents and teachers stay and has become an invaluable educational resource for school children, undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Mr Gay received the title of Honorary Trustee for Life and has continued to provide his support until the present. The Trust itself was recognised with an Environmental Award in 1996 and an Achievement Award in the Southland Environmental Awards in 2013.
For services to the community and education
Mrs Marilyn Glover has served her local community in Auckland in a voluntary capacity for more than 45 years.
Mrs Glover has been a member of the Takapuna Rotary Club since 1995 and has held a number of leadership roles including Club President in 2006 and 2007 and Secretary for 13 years. She has been involved in local educational governance for more than 18 years, including serving on the Boards and Committees of Takapuna Kindergarten, Hauraki Primary School, Belmont Intermediate School, and Takapuna Grammar. For more than 18 years she has served on the Wilson School Board of Trustees, including the last 17 as Chairperson. During her time as Chairperson she has lead the fundraising and construction of the new playground for Wilson School, which specialises in educating young people with physical disabilities. She has also volunteered with Adults in Motion, Aged Concern, and the Auckland North Community and Development, focusing on advocacy for disability issues for residents in the community. Since 1992 Mrs Glover has been the Treasurer of the Friends of Takapuna Library.
For services to women
Ms Jackie Clark is the founder and leader of registered charity The Aunties, which was established in 2013 and whose primary focus is meeting the material needs of people using their services.
The Aunties provides support to a range of organisations including Te Roopu O Te Whānau Te Rangimariē O Tamaki Makaurau, the New Zealand Prostitute’s Collective, the Salvation Army’s emergency housing team, as well as numerous women referred to The Aunties from women’s refuges and the Family Harm programme. Ms Clark began her involvement assisting the coordinator at a refuge in South Auckland in 2013. She undertakes a full-time voluntary role in all aspects of running The Aunties, including promotion, supporting and transporting clients, undertaking community liaison, and fundraising. On a day-to-day basis she communicates with women in need, offering supplies, referrals to organisations, and assistance with service providers. She has delivered talks to a number of organisations including schools, Probus groups, retirement homes, and Lions Clubs. In 2015 Ms Clark was recognised with a certificate of appreciate at the Albert-Eden Local Board Community Volunteers Awards and in 2018 was the Supreme Winner of the Women of Influence Awards.
For services to wildlife conservation
Ms Colleen Grayling is the Coordinator of the Howick Tramping Club Conservation Subcommittee and for 16 years has provided leadership and advocacy for the recovery of the endangered North Island kokako in the Northern Pureora forest.
Through the Howick Tramping Club, Ms Grayling began her involvement in 1999, helping with predator control, maintaining and extending bait station networks in the Mangatutu and Tunawaea catchments. She has been the Conservation Subcommittee Coordinator since 2002. The community efforts she has led have resulted in a 1,600 hectare network in the Mangatutu catchment and a 660 hectare network in the Tunawaea catchment to reduce predator numbers. She has played a key role in supporting the Auckland Tramping Club in their management of the Tunawaea network, which they took over in 2011. For six weekends a year some 40 volunteers monitor rat density, fill bait stations and empty these bait stations at the end of the kokako breeding season. Ms Grayling has coordinated these efforts, involving several tramping clubs and committed volunteers, which has resulted in significant growth in the kokako and pitoitoi (North Island robin) populations. This has allowed kokako translocations to sites such as Pukaha/Mount Bruce, Hunua Ranges, Waitakere Ranges, Maungatautari Sanctuary and Taranaki, as well as Pitoitoi translocation to other sites.
For services to the Returned and Services Association and the community
Mrs Elizabeth Haylock has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Banks Peninsula RSA branch for 19 years.
Mrs Haylock has helped organise the Akaroa and Little River ANZAC Day services. In 2006, the Year of the Veteran, she initiated and organised a community dinner to recognise local veterans, attended by local dignitaries. She initiated an annual mid-year social function for the RSA members during an otherwise event-light period, as well as organising the annual Christmas dinner for veterans. She has utilised her strong relationship with the Christchurch RSA to arrange financial support to subsidise the cost of these events. She took the lead on the establishment of a Field of Remembrance at the Banks Peninsula War Memorial grounds, leading fundraising and researching the service details of the 104 names on the war memorial to create individual white crosses. She established a War Memorial Register for the Banks Peninsula area. She is past President and current Patron of the Friends of the Akaroa Museum and has been a driving force for fundraising activities over 20 years. Mrs Haylock has been a Committee member of the Duvauchelle Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Vice Chair of the Stanley Park Reserve Management Committee, and helps organise the Akaroa and Bays biannual House and Garden Tour fundraiser.
For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Mr Graeme Hoole has been a volunteer firefighter with Fire and Emergency New Zealand for 42 years.
Mr Hoole initially joined the Putaruru Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1976 and rose through the ranks to become Chief Fire Officer in 2000, a position he continued to hold until 2016. Under his leadership of the Putaruru Brigade he ensured the brigade met performance indicators, led succession planning, and oversaw the brigade’s high level of professionalism and performance on incident grounds. He developed a close relationship with Putaruru St John Ambulance Service, with the two organisations later signing a memorandum of understanding to guarantee the Putaruru Brigade ensured a response to incidents when the ambulance service was engaged elsewhere. He has been involved with Bay Waikato Regional Operations committee, the Auckland Provincial Sub Association, and Health and Safety committees at Regional, Area and Brigade levels. Within the wider community Mr Hoole has been involved with Putaruru Bowls Club, the Bowls Waikato Operation Committee, and the Bowls Waikato Green Keepers Association.
For services to conservation and the community
Mr Douglas Hutchinson has been the driving force of the Nowells Lake Development project begun in 2004.
Nowells Lake was an underdeveloped lake on the outskirts of Hawera on land owned by Fonterra. Mr Hutchinson has promoted this environmental project, obtained support and financial backing from Fonterra, and coordinated community group activity. Over the past 14 years close to 20,000 trees have been planted and a walkway and seating have been constructed. The project now falls under the Nowells Lake Walkway Charitable Trust, of which he has been inaugural Secretary/Treasurer. He was a mentor for the Big Brother Big Sister organisation from 2009 to 2016. Through this he became involved with Hawera Christian School and volunteered to become caretaker for three years, freeing up the caretakers wages for school activities. He has involved the school in tree propagation and planting for the Nowells Lake project. He was a foundation member and is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the Ethel Gray Charitable Trust of New Zealand, formed to promote immunisation particularly against polio. He helped publish a collection of stories from Taranaki polio sufferers. Mr Hutchinson is currently Deputy Chairman of Trinity Home and Hospital in Hawera and was involved with the Hawera Rotary Club from 1990 until 2011, holding several leadership positions.
For services to sport
Mr Lindsay Kerr has contributed to sport in Canterbury since the 1970s in governance roles and as a writer and commentator.
Mr Kerr is currently Chairman of the Canterbury Country Cricket Association, having been a Board member since 2005. He umpired 145 games for the Association between 1998 and 2015 and has been Chairman of the Association’s Umpires Committee. He was President of the Canterbury Regional Cricket Umpires Association from 2005 to 2007. He wrote the 150-year history publication for the Rangiora Cricket Club and the 50-year history for the Canterbury Country Cricket Association. He has reported on North Canterbury sport for the Northern Outlook and Newstalk ZB for a number of years. He was a member of the organising committee of the Ashley Forest Rally sprint for 15 years. In 2016 he published a book for the 50th anniversary of the Ruapuna Motor Race Circuit. He is currently head commentator at the Christchurch circuit. In 2017 he received the Garry Frew Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to provincial sports journalism. He has had a long-term involvement with Southbrook Rugby Club, has coached for the Shirley Rugby Club, and been a referee with the Canterbury Rugby Referees Association. Mr Kerr has been a member and President of the Rangiora Lions Club.
For services to cycling
Mr Donald Kirdy has been involved with the Tinwald Cycling Club for more than 40 years.
Mr Kirdy has been Junior Club Development Officer and was the Club’s longest serving committee member until stepping down in 2016. He was the Club’s delegate to the Mid South Canterbury Cycling Centre and the Tinwald Family Sport and Recreation Centre. He has organised social and competitive events to provide year-round local racing for senior and junior cyclists. A regular week would consist of cycling commitments every day, from junior and senior racing and training to social racing events. He has been Convenor of the Tinwald Cycling Club Social Wheelers since 1995. He has organised the Whizz Wheelers family evening of social track cycling, catering for toddlers through to secondary school pupils. He ensured the Whizz Wheelers event was free for all participants by obtaining sponsorship from local businesses and personally providing food and refreshments, prizes and vouchers for each week of racing. He has regularly fundraised to ensure social racing events could remain low cost to participants, preparing raffles and working with local businesses. Mr Kirdy has contributed to maintenance of the velodrome, undertaking lawn mowing, track and rail painting, and safety monitoring.
For services to hockey
Ms Sheryl Law and her husband Mr Rick Child have been the driving force of Southern Districts Hockey Club for 35 years and have grown the club to a strong position.
Ms Law and Mr Child have coordinated programmes to enable children from different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds to become involved in hockey and to join the Club. She has organised Kiwisport funding to enable Club-based coaching and development programmes in a number of South Auckland schools. She has also had a strong involvement in Auckland Hockey administration in various roles, including as Vice President and a present member of the Competition Working Group and Facilities Working Group. As a player she was a secondary school representative, played for the Auckland U23 team, Auckland A and B teams, and for New Zealand at international tournaments between 1979 and 1984. She began coaching club teams in the late 1970s and has since coached or managed seasons for Minis, Juniors, Youth, and Premier Women teams. She coached East Counties Country Schools representative teams from 1996 to 2006. Ms Law has coached Auckland representative boys teams to national titles, been an Auckland age group selector, and Auckland Women’s NHL selector in 2006.
For services to sports administration
Mrs Gwen Lawson has been involved with sports administration at national and Northland regional levels since the late 1950s.
Mrs Lawson served on the Board of the amalgamated Bowls Northland from 2002 to 2017, including three years as Chairperson. Prior to amalgamation she served as Secretary, Treasurer, Club Delegate and President of the Northland Women’s Bowling Association. She was Events Manager/Match Committee Chair for 12 years, responsible for organising and running all Centre fixtures throughout each season. She was Secretary/Treasurer of the New Zealand Women’s Umpires Association for bowls and coordinator of amalgamation into the New Zealand Umpires Board. She holds 20 Club Championship bowls titles and 14 Northland Centre Championship titles. She has been involved with marching for 38 years, serving as President of the Whangarei and Northland Associations and as a Centre level Executive member for 20 years. She was an Executive member and Treasurer of the New Zealand Marching Association. She was a netball coach at club level for 21 years and Centre Delegate at the national level. She was the official Tutor/Examiner for Umpires for Northland and umpired nationally. She helped establish the Central Netball Club and was chief administrator for 10 years. Mrs Lawson provided voluntary services for Solo Parents Incorporated and Budget Advisor for Families for many years.
For services to the Niuean community
Mrs Salamina Kaliatama has contributed to the Niue community in Mangere for a number of years through cultural, language and sports groups, and various community projects.
Mrs Kaliatama was one of the founding members of the Paluki Niue Women’s Weaving group and Matua Fifine Kaufakalataha weaving group. She has been actively involved in coordinating, leading or supporting projects that promote intergenerational learning and celebration of Niuean language and culture. She has been a member of Pulefakamotu Niue group for more than 15 years, is a former Chairperson and a current Committee member. She was Chairperson of the Mangere Zone and represented the Zone on the Executive of the Niue New Zealand Sports Federation from 1980 until 2007. She organised teams to participate in netball, cricket, rugby, and athletic tournaments, and was responsible for sourcing equipment and transport for the teams. She has been coordinator of the Pasifika Festival Niue Village since 2002. She was a founding member of the Niue New Zealand Nurses Association and was Secretary from 1990 to 1997. She was a member of the Niue Advisory Council from 1992 until 2002. Mrs Kaliatama was one of the first volunteer announcers from 1997 to 2007 for the Niue programme on Radio 531 PI.
For services to Taekwon-do
Mr Neill Livingstone established the Taranaki Taekwon-do club in 1993 as a First Dan black belt.
Mr Livingstone leads all classes held at the club, which include a class for young children once a week and a senior class with three sessions each week. The other black belts of the club also assist with running the classes. He has worked towards obtaining the rank of Master in 2018, but has often prioritised the training needs of his students ahead of his own training and advancement. He has overseen the training of 19 students who still regularly attend classes having achieved their black belts. He charges club members a low fee to cover hall hire and equipment maintenance and receives no payment as instructor. He has even waived fees for students and families during times of financial hardship. He has brought international Masters to New Zealand to host seminars and has led groups of his students to seminars in Australia and the United States. He also led a group of students to South Korea on a tour of the sites of importance to Taekwon-do’s history. Mr Livingstone received the International Taekwon-do General Chong Legacy Award in 2015 for his dedication to teaching the physical techniques and moral culture of Taekwon-do.
For services to the Pacific community
Mr Pauli Ma’afu co-founded the Pacific Island Community Trust in 1989 to assist Pacific Island migrants in Gisborne with immigration and to find sustainable employment.
Mr Ma’afu ensured that migrant families became immersed into the community and that their children were enrolled into schools. He regularly hosted families, couples and youths in his home, established a homework centre to assist migrant youth, and organised annual Pacific events to bring the community together. He negotiated with the Gisborne District Council for a plot of land, which has been utilised as a community garden. He advocates against family violence and established Men for Change (Toutai Tangata) and a Men’s Fellowship for those who married non-Tongans to better support the men and their marriages in regards to language and cultural understandings. He provides translation assistance for numerous community agencies. He has been a member of the Kaiti School Board of Trustees since 2000 and has supported the school in their Pasifika Education Strategy and to send resources to primary schools in Kolovai, Tonga. He was one of the founders of the Tongan Wesley Methodist Church in Tairawhiti. Mr Ma’afu has built relationships with local businesses and iwi and has been instrumental in the application of community funding for annual church projects.
For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Mr William McLachlan has been involved with Wallacetown Volunteer Fire Brigade since its inception in 1977, is a Life Member, and has served the past 18 years as Chief Fire Officer.
As a founding member Mr McLachlan helped raise funds for the construction of the station’s engine bay and the brigade’s first water tanker, which was put into action in 1980. Given the rural location of the brigade the water tanker has been a key piece of equipment. As Chief Fire Officer he worked with the Makarewa Lions Club and the Community Trust of Southland to purchase a new tanker in 2000, which is still in use. He has written a book documenting the history of the first 25 years of the brigade. He has been training officer for the Alliance Lorneville Fire Rescue Squad for six years and has led them to fire rescue competitions. From the mid-1980s he played a significant role in the administration and operation of the biennial Operation South training camp for firefighters of less than five years’ experience. He was President of the Western Southland Fire Brigade Sub Association from 2012 to 2013. Mr McLachlan was a member of the Wallacetown Community Fundraising Committee from 1988 to 2002, which successfully raised funds for the construction of a purpose-built community centre.
For services to genealogy and historical research
Mrs Heather McLean has been involved with the New Zealand Society of Genealogists since 1972 and has been an active member of the Society’s local groups in the Bay of Plenty, namely Tauranga, Te Puke and Katikati.
Mrs McLean’s key contribution has been the transcribing of headstones in the cemeteries of the Bay of Plenty over the course of 30 years for the benefit of family historians and researchers. She has volunteered two days a week with the Tauranga Family History Library since its inception in 1993 and volunteers every Wednesday at Tauranga City’s Cemetery Records office collating death and cremation notices. In 2016 she completed a database of air-related deaths from 1899 to 2016 for the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. As a member of the Tauranga Historical Society she has given talks on the history of the area. She holds a meeting once a month in her home to help and instruct beginner genealogists, and since 1996 has frequently organised weekend schools for teaching genealogical research. Mrs McLean has been on the Tauranga World War One Centenary committee since 2013 and has coordinated local commemorative activities, including initiating the restoration of the headstones of three soldiers in a local cemetery that had been destroyed.
For services to the community
Mr Michael Merrick is currently a Councillor on the New Plymouth District Council, having previously held terms from 1998 to 2007 and was Deputy Chair of the Environment and Planning committees.
Mr Merrick was Deputy Chairperson of the North Taranaki SPCA. He was active in the maintenance of facilities and the Human Resources Committee. He has been Secretary of the Taranaki Heritage Trust since 2005 and made a significant contribution to the restoration of the Honeyfield Fountain on the New Plymouth Foreshore. He was the Manager of the New Plymouth Community Food Bank and organised four successful Christmas Food Drives. He has been Chairperson of Friends Plus, a visiting and shopping assistance service for housebound seniors. He was Chairperson of the Taranaki Community Law Trust from 2003 to 2013. With an interest in genealogy, he has written biographies for patients at Te Rangimarie Hospice and mentored new biographers. He has published books on New Plymouth historic identities including his great uncle and Victoria Cross recipient John Grant, Alice Brown Honeyfield, and George Gibson who ran the first bus service in Taranaki. He was a member of the New Plymouth Genealogy Society for ten years and a volunteer librarian for seven years. Mr Merrick has been on the Board of Trustees for Fitzroy Primary School and Sacred Heart Girls College.
For services to the community and music
Mr Dick Mitchell has been a member of a number of community organisations since the 1960s and remains active with the Whanganui Tramping Club, Whanganui Rotary Club Seniors committee, and the management committee of the New Zealand Male Choir.
Mr Mitchell joined Whanganui Rotary Club in 1980 and has held a number of roles including President and as a member of the Rotary Youth Leadership committee. He has been involved with Rotary Reading in Schools on a weekly basis for the past 14 years, undertaking remedial reading at the rural Okoia school. He was involved with the early development of Kowhai Park through Whanganui Jaycees. He is the longest serving member of the Whanganui Male Choir, having joined in 1961 and performed in 116 concerts, and has held various leadership roles. As a long-time member of the Whanganui Tramping Club, he has been a member of the transport committee responsible for maintaining and replacing the club vehicles since 2006. He has been a member of the Whanganui branch of the Motor Trade Association since 1972 and held the positions of Vice President, President from 1991 to 1997, and Executive committee member from 1997 to 2003. Mr Mitchell was a key organiser of the annual MTA Whanganui golf tournament for a number of years.
For services to the community
Ms Heather Moore has been General Manager of Volunteering Waikato since 2007 and under her leadership the organisation, which had been underperforming and close to insolvency, was turned around resulting in significant increases in performance, engagement and stability.
Through building strong relationships with stakeholders and effective use of technology, marketing and media, Ms Moore helped Volunteering Waikato transform from a local to a regional organisation. Volunteering Waikato now supports more than 340 organisations and 3,600 volunteers annually. She has been a member of the New Zealand Red Cross Disaster Welfare and Support Team (DWST) and has been involved in several deployments in New Zealand and Australia. She has been an active member of Waikato Sunrise Rotary Club, though which she has been involved with fundraising efforts for the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust and volunteer overseas exchanges in the Pacific. She has held a number of governance and committee positions including as a member of the Hamilton City Council Community Wellbeing Grant Committee from 2006 to 2012, Lifeline New Zealand Board from 2003 to 2007, and the management team of Youthline Auckland in the late 1990s. Ms Moore has been a volunteer at fundraising events for organisations such as Hospice, the Cancer Society, CanTeen, Age Concern, and Ronald McDonald House among others.
For services to local government and the community
Ms Jan O’Connor was elected to Takapuna City Council in 1986 and on amalgamation as North Shore City Council she served two terms as a Councillor and three terms as a Takapuna Community Board Member.
Ms O’Connor is currently a third term Member of the Devonport Takapuna Local Board. In 1987 she was appointed to the Waitemata Electric Power Board and later to the Power New Zealand Shareholders Society. She was a Trustee of the North Shore Theatre and Trust for 10 years and was a member of the Executive of the Piha Ratepayers and Residents Society for 27 years. She is currently Trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre, Patron of the Takapuna Tennis Club, Vice Patron of the North Shore Brass Band, and a member of Environment Takapuna. Ms O’Connor has been a strong advocate for public transport and the preservation of public open spaces, helping to achieve North Shore’s first bus lane on one of the city’s busiest arterials, Esmonde Road, contributed to keeping Takapuna’s heritage Potter’s Park building free, and was responsible for the installation of Hauraki’s first playground, Laketown Green.
For services to historical research
Mr Garry O’Neill has been involved with researching and publishing the local history of Palmerston North for the past 30 years.
Mr O’Neill has delivered presentations on his research, conducted guided bus tours, and assisted others to compile their own family histories. He has written and published histories for the Masterton Lions Club, various family histories, local church, school, street and suburb histories. His local history publications have proved popular, and have included a reprint of his 2009 history of Terrace End after it sold out 900 copies. Most recently he published ‘A History of the West End of Palmerston North’ (2018). He led the establishment of the Palmerston North Historical Society and has also been involved with the Historic Places Trust and Friends of Te Manawa. He is a member of the editorial committee of the Manawatu Journal of History and has been Treasurer since the journal’s Trust since its inception in 2005. In his retirement Mr O’Neill produces a monthly newsletter and delivers a monthly talk on historical matters.
For services to the Coastguard
Mr Kevin O’Sullivan has been a Coastguard volunteer for more than 40 years, serving as President from 1998 to 2001 and as current Patron of Auckland Coastguard Incorporated.
Mr O’Sullivan was Chairman of the Education Committee of the Auckland Coastguard for a number of years in the 1970s and 1980s. He initiated and continues to host annual Coastguard members’ educational evening cruises around Hauraki Gulf explaining navigation, hazards, lights, beacons and rescue techniques. He was instrumental in negotiating with the New Zealand Meteorological Service and the Auckland Regional Council to install 11 ‘Nowcasting’ automated weather stations to transmit real time weather and wave information to the Coastguard rescue centre. The service was a success and has been continuously expanded, with more than 20 automated weather forecasting and nowcasting sites now placed around the New Zealand coast. He has been a founding Trustee of the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre Trust since 1989, serving as Deputy Chair from 1998 to 2014 and as the current Chairman. In these roles he has been active in contributing to the design, development, construction, outfitting, and ongoing operation of the Centre. Mr O’Sullivan has been an active volunteer officer and boating education tutor with the Spirit of Adventure Trust.
For services to the community
Mr Brian Parker has contributed to a range of organisations in the Canterbury region.
Mr Parker has been a member of Te Wakapounamu and active with waka ama since 2002. He has been a member of Sydenham Rugby Club since 1992 and coached under-12 to under-14 rugby from 1996 to 2006. He has been a member of the Canterbury Trailer Yacht Squadron (now the Naval Point Yacht Club) since 1986 and a Committee member since 2001. In 2002 he assisted with the construction of a pontoon off the club wharf, has served as Vice Commodore, and is currently Patron. He has been involved with Graffiti Busting in McCormacks Bay and Naval Point since 2010. He has been involved with the Ferrymead Fire Brigade Historical Society since 2010, helping restore historic fire engines and driving for Fire Service funerals. He was employed with the New Zealand Fire Service for 43 years until retiring in 2013, during which time he helped rejuvenate Fire Brigade Rugby and organised waka ama challenges with other emergency services. Mr Parker has been involved with the Mount Pleasant Community Centre since 2010 and has assisted with the annual Estuary Festival.
For services to the community, particularly seniors
Ms Jan Pentecost has been National Secretary for Grey Power New Zealand Federation since 2010.
Ms Pentecost has chaired the Election Strategy National Committee and been Co-Chair of the National Advocacy Committee. In this voluntary capacity she coordinates the receipt of issues arising from Grey Power Associations around New Zealand, prepares submissions for Select Committees, meets with relevant Ministers during Parliamentary advocacy visits, prepares substantial reports for the Grey Power quarterly magazine, and reports back to the relevant associations on the outcomes of issues raised. She also serves on the Membership Committee and is Co-Chair of the Fifty Plus National Advisory Group. She has been Secretary of Grey Power North Canterbury since 2008 and was more recently elected Co-Chair. In this role she has been delegate to the Grey Power Zone Six regional meetings. Between 1976 and 1989 she variously held the roles of Secretary and Chair of the Kaiapoi Borough School Committee. She was Secretary of Canterbury School Committee’s Association for nine years. Ms Pentecost was involved with the American Field Scholar (AFS) student exchange scheme from 1991 to 2002, during which time she was Secretary and Chair of the North Canterbury AFS chapter.
For services to the community
Mr John Pullar was a Whakatane District Councillor from 2013 to 2016 and has been involved with a range of community organisations within the district.
Mr Pullar has run a successful construction business and his latest community role has been leading a team of volunteers in the Liveable Homes Project, in response to damage caused by the ex-Tropical Cyclones Debbie and Cook in 2017. He was involved with fundraising and coordinated the scope of work and rebuild of 17 homes within a six month period. He was involved in the construction phase of Project Hope, a community-led initiative to build a cancer treatment centre at Whakatane Hospital. His expertise as building project manager saw the facility build in schedule with substantial cost savings, which saw a considerable sum donated to Eastern Bay Hospice. He chairs the Kiwi Trust, which has overseen a strong repopulation of the iconic bird, as well as building a brand contributing to economic development through regional tourism. He chairs the Community Liaison Committee of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project. He has been a member of Whakatane West Rotary Club since 1978, was President in the late 1990s, and has been involved in a number of Rotary fundraising and humanitarian projects.
For services to the community
Mr Ross Richards has been employed with the Salvation Army Community Ministries in Manukau since 1984.
Mr Richards was Director of the Manukau Community Ministries Centre from 2001 to 2002 and Service Centre Manager from 1999 to 2016. He has assisted with the establishment of a number of initiatives with the Salvation Army, including developing a mobile drop in/resources centre to assist communities in South Auckland, a computer training programme, and Family Breakthrough, an innovative scheme of family mentoring. He coordinated Family Breakthrough from 2003 to 2016. He has built a network with other social service agencies and community groups including Friendship House, Pillars, Te Tai Awa o te Ora, Otara Global Village, Sisters of Mercy, Plunket, and Awhetu social services for Pacific Island communities. He was involved with the Rata Vine project in Rata Vine, Manukau, which aimed to turn the area around from a ghetto exhibiting gangster behaviour to a family community environment through an emphasis on social justice, Christian-based principles and refugee development services. Mr Richards also worked with ME Family Services to support transgender and street workers in the Hunters Corner/Manukau areas, using his connections to assist with food, clothing and housing for this vulnerable group, as well as links to drug and alcohol addiction support networks.
For services to the Coastguard and children
Mrs Pat Roser has been a volunteer radio operator at Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard (TVCG) since 1998.
TVCG provides a comprehensive radio and rescue service with radio operators logging trip reports called in by boat users. Mrs Roser has been Radio Operations Training Officer for the past 17 years and has trained more than 50 operators to NZ VHF Radio Operator Standard. Until 2017 TVCG provided an evening radio service from home bases. She spent many evenings providing this service to Bay of Plenty boat users. She has put on dinners for TVCG volunteers at a number of functions, catering for up to 100 people. She has also been involved with fundraising for TVCG. She has been a wish granting volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Tauranga since 2008, which involves interviewing the wish child and acting as a liaison between the family and Make-A-Wish. Mrs Roser has assisted 40 wish children and their families during the past 10 years.
For services to the community
Mrs Ngaire Rowe has supported her husband Ronald Rowe in contributing to a range of community organisations and projects locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for more than 50 years.
To commemorate the Napier RSA Centenary Mr Rowe led the establishment of the Centenary Legacy Trust in 2015, which offers young people a working scholarship programme within Hawke’s Bay health and social sectors. Mrs Rowe helped with the establishment and held administrative and secretarial roles with the Trust. She has been involved with the Hastings Central Lions Club, serving as Secretary and President in the late 1990’s. From 1995 to 2000 she was administrator for Mr Rowe in his roles as the New Zealand South Pacific Leadership Chairman and member of the Lions Clubs International Leadership Faculty. She supported her husband with secretarial and administrative services when he chaired several Lions community appeals in the 1980s, including two liver transplant appeals and rebuilding the Whanganui Hospital Chapel. She was secretary of the Whanganui Hospital Chaplaincy from 1989 to 1991. The couple were international volunteers to Papua New Guinea and Samoa with Volunteer Service Abroad for two years. Mr and Mrs Rowe were involved with the formation of the Wairoa Community Development Trust in 2008.
For services to the community
Mr Ronald Rowe has been involved with Lions Clubs in a range of positions at all levels since 1966.
Mr Rowe chaired liver transplant appeals in the mid 1980s which acted as a catalyst to establish a New Zealand Liver Transplant clinic. He also chaired the Whanganui Hospital Chapel rebuilding appeal. He chaired the New Zealand South Pacific Leadership programme and was a member of the Lions Clubs International Leadership Faculty from 1995 to 2000. He and his wife were international volunteers to Papua New Guinea and Samoa with Volunteer Service Abroad for two years. He has been involved with the New Zealand Institute of Management since 1970 and chaired the Hawke’s Bay branch. He was originator of the Trust to raise the river ship Waimarie from the Whanganui River bed. He was a member of the task force reviewing and restructuring the governance capability of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association in 2014. He has been and Executive member of the Napier RSA for five years and has been Parade Marshall for ANZAC Day commemorations. To commemorate the Napier RSA centenary Mr Rowe led the establishment of the Centenary Legacy Trust in 2015, which offers young people a working scholarship programme within Hawke’s Bay health and social sectors.
For services to seniors
Ms Florence Shearman was a Volunteer Community Coordinator for the Office for Senior Citizens for eight years, initially representing the Thames-Coromandel region from 1999 to 2004 and Waikato from 2013 to 2016.
Ms Shearman has coordinated a number of ‘Global Walk for Seniors’ events in the Waikato to celebrate International Day of the Older Person, having previously coordinated similar events through Coromandel and Thames Valley towns. She is recognised as having been a key driver of the growth of the event in Cambridge, which began as a street walk involving most civic leaders and Cambridge icons and is now an annual event at Cambridge Raceway. She led the campaign to establish a health shuttle service for Cambridge, which led to the inception of the St John Health Shuttle service in 2015. Close to 300 client journeys are now made each month through the shuttle service. She was previously a volunteer at the Whangamata Police Station from 1992 until 2003. Ms Shearman volunteered as a Friend at Court from 2010 to 2017 in Hamilton and currently assists Cambridge Police with matters of support for the ageing population.
For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community
Mr Jamie Simpson has been a member of the Te Karaka Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1982 and has been Chief Fire Officer for 17 years.
Mr Simpson was a key driver of the acquisition of a mobile water tanker for the Te Karaka Brigade in 2014. He has been a member of Region Operations Committee for Region Two of the New Zealand Fire Service and was a member of the NZFS National Operations and Strategy Committee 2011. He has held various positions including President and Chair of the East Coast Sub Association of the United Fire Brigades Association. He is a current member of the Tairawhiti Area Chief Fire Officers Group. Within the wider community he is a member of Te Karaka Health Trust and has been a member of the Te Karaka Ambulance Committee since 2001. Mr Simpson is Chair of the Tu Ake Te Karaka community group and the Rangatira Scout Hall committee, has been Vice President and a Speedway New Zealand scrutineer with the Gisborne Speedway Club, a past member of the Ormond School Board of Trustees, and a past coach of Ngatapa Nippers Rugby.
For services to the community and theatre
Mr Graeme Smith undertook a range of projects with the Jaycee chapter in the 1960s and 1970s, including the building and development of the Tapanui covered swimming pools, and the manufacture and installation of playground equipment at the Black Gully Domain.
Mr Smith and his wife published the book ‘Tapanui Turns 100’ in 1976, a centennial history of the borough of Tapanui. He was Secretary of the Building Committee for the West Otago Community Centre from 1984 to 1992. He donated significant time to the designing and installation of joinery items for the Community Centre kitchen and the theatre. He was part of the leadership group that formed the West Otago Theatrical Society in 1982. He has had a high-level involvement in set design and construction, stage management, direction, and other roles in almost all annual productions in Tapanui theatre through to 2018. He was President of the Society in 1999 and 2000. He has served on the Presbyterian Church Board of Managers and the Property and Finance Committee, and played a key role when the church building and hall were amalgamated and modernised. Mr Smith is founder and Chairman of the West Otago Blokes’ Shed, established in 2014, which has contributed to the community through building projects, fundraising and teaching woodworking to Tapanui Primary School pupils.
For services to victims of domestic violence
Ms Tracey Swanberg is a social worker with 18 years’ experience of management in the non-governmental organisation sector.
Ms Swanberg was a Community Support Worker at De Paul House before spending 10 years with Women’s Refuge from 1998. She has been Centre Manager since 2008 of the North Shore Women’s Centre, which provides essential support services for women. She has used her expertise to support the training and upskilling of volunteers and staff to become specialist family violence advocates for women and children experiencing family and sexual violence. She has been a member of a government task force for family violence and has been a media spokesperson for domestic violence issues. She has advocated for and spoken out on various issues around welfare changes, protection orders, and the need to improve communication between government and non-government agencies. She has been a guest speaker at a number of events including the National Council of Women of New Zealand’s national conference. Ms Swanberg has been an elected member of a Community Organisation Grants scheme committee.
For services to the Cook Islands community
Mr Derek Teariki has been President of the Cook Islands Community Hall Society in Flaxmere since 2010, having previously been Secretary from 2007.
As President Mr Teariki has steered the Society to gain charitable status and has overseen fundraising efforts to maintain and upgrade the Hall facilities. The Hall has been widely used for cultural festivals and workshops to promote Cook Islands culture, as well as being made accessible to other groups in the community for various events. He has been Secretary since 2014 of PaMeuta Cook Islands Group, a social group for seniors, and was a driving force behind its establishment. He leads PaMeuta’s weekly exercise programme, after which the group discusses topics such as health issues, safety in the home, and diet. He organises an annual trip out of Hastings for the group, arranging transports, accommodation, and meals to keep costs down for the group to take the opportunity to travel. He has organised sports weekends for children in the Cook Islands community, with a social gathering for the community following these events in the evenings. Mr Teariki is an elder in the Cook Island Christian Church in Flaxmere.
For services to the community
Miss Alison Thomson was President of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations from 2009 to 2011, having been a Board member between 2005 and 2013.
Miss Thomson serves as a Justice of the Peace in Hastings. She is a Life Member and current Registrar of the Hawke’s Bay Justices of the Peace Association and has previously held a range of offices. She organised and set up a roster of local Justices of the Peace to assist in the swearing of Affidavits, statutory declarations and certifying documents at the Hastings District Court. She often fills in gaps in the roster herself and sits on the Bench to address Police arrests. She is involved with the Waiapu Cathedral Parish and has served on diocesan committees. She currently serves as People’s Warden and has trained and developed a team of cathedral guides to welcome visitors and enhance tourist events. She was involved in raising funds for the repair and extension of the cathedral organ, which was completed in 2013. Miss Thomson has been involved with the Napier Civic Choir for 19 years and has served as President in addition to committee work and ongoing service as librarian.
For services to the Pacific community
Reverend Ola Tofilau has been Parish Minister for the Newtown Pacific Island Church (PIPC) for the past 17 years.
Reverend Tofilau has been a foundation member and Chair of the Wellington Region Pasefika Services. He has chaired conferences on Samoan language and supported Fa’alapotopotoga mo le A’oa’oina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa (FAGASA). He is a member of the Wellington Pacific Leaders Forum, the Board of Trustees for Va’aomanu Pasifika’s Board of Studies, and the Board of Samoa Capital. He is a former Chairman and Secretary for the Wellington Region Ministers Fraternal. He was foundation Chairman of Wellington Pasifika Patrollers, leading the delegation to obtain support and sponsorship from the Wellington City Council and New Zealand Police for establishment of the organisation, and is currently Patron. He has provided stewardship as the lead Minister for Tu Tangata Wellington Poly Fest for nine years. He has facilitated youth access to social and community programmes, such as the Ministry of Education’s Power Up, and has established and run homework programmes for students. Through Newtown PIPC Reverend Tofilau has chaired the committee responsible for staging community events such as the Walk of Faith expo, a two-day Prevention of Family Violence seminar, and a Health Café.
For services to the Niuean community
Reverend Penesikoto Togiatama has been founding Minister of Takanini Niue Pacific Islanders’ Presbyterian Church (PIPC) since 1994.
Reverend Togiatama created a Niue language version of the Sunday School Union Scripture Exams to help preserve and maintain Niue language in the church. He was a Niue Language Teacher for Adult Community Courses at Aorere College from 2004 to 2008. He was a founding member of Niue Advisory Council (NAC) in 1980. He was a founding member of both the Niuean Soccer Council and the Niue Cricket Council in the early 1980s. From 1992 to 1999 he was Chairperson of Pacific Islanders’ Ministers’ Fraternal and was Moderator for Niue Council of Ministers from 2006 to 2009. He was a voluntary chaplain for Middlemore Hospital from 1992 to 2002. He has supported elderly Niueans across the wider Auckland region, providing meals, companionship and support, and personally transporting them so that they can attend services at his church in Takanini. Since 2008 he has been the Presiding Minister of the Niue Stage at Polyfest and Minister for Niue Teachers’ Association Toa Matala. Reverend Togiatama is a member of Manukau Institute of Technology’s Pasifika Community Forum and the New Zealand Police Pasifika Community Forum.
For services to the community
Mrs Alison Vautier was founder of the Waikanae CAMEO Society and served as President from 1994 until retiring in 2017.
The CAMEO (come and meet each other) Society was established for isolated people to drop in and socialise, with light refreshments offered from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Along with a few like-minded residents, Mrs Vautier established the Society and hired premises for a Pop-In Centre. The centre shifted from site to site over the first few years before establishing itself more concretely in Mahara Place. As President she obtained supplies, found suitable locations, organised leases, maintained a roster of four volunteers for each session, and engaged in fundraising to keep the pop-in centre going. Social activities have been organised and Justice of the Peace services have been regularly offered at the centre. Within the wider community she has been a member of Country Women’s Institute for 53 years, President of Waikanae Probus Club on two occasions, a member of Waikanae Community Health Group, and founder of the Friends of the Hospital group in Pahiatua.
For services to the community
Ms Elsie Walkinshaw has supported disadvantaged people in Christchurch through a variety of roles since 1990.
Ms Walkinshaw delivered food parcels for Methodist Mission in the 1990s and was later employed as a budget advisor until 2006. She volunteered at Christchurch Women’s Refuge from 1991 to 1993 before working full-time in a safe house with women who had escaped domestic violence until 1998. In 2006 she collaborated on the establishment of Turning Points Trust to provide budget advice and advocacy services for people in financial difficulty in Christchurch East. For the first year while the Trust was being established she worked 35 hours a week on a voluntary basis. She helped administer the Trust until 2009. She was employed as a budget advisor and advocate with Super Grans. In the aftermath of the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes she provided assistance to quake-affected families by coordinating access to food and other necessities through Grace Vineyard Church. From 2012 until her retirement in 2016 she was employed in advocacy and community assistance with Compassion Trust, where she created and delivered a number of extended courses on finance management. Since 2016 Ms Walkinshaw has been a volunteer telephone counsellor with Lifeline and a volunteer advocate and debt management advisor with Freedom Trust.
For services to the community and broadcasting
Mr Walter Walsh was involved in the establishment of Te Reo Irirangi o Turanganui a Kiwa (TurangaFM) and has been involved in the development and growth of this entity for nearly 30 years.
Mr Walsh has supported voluntary and charitable organisations across the Gisborne East Coast communities. He has participated in community productions as well as utilising his musical talents to raise funds for community organisations. He has been Master of Ceremonies for the Crank It Up bike ride raising awareness of domestic violence, the Lean on Me Concerts for suicide prevention in Gisborne and Ruatoria, and the Fire in the Sky public fireworks event on behalf of the Gisborne District Council. He has been MC and entertainment coordinator for the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser since 2004. He has supported the Tauawhi Tairawhiti Men’s Centre since 2011 and in 2017 coordinated the Stars in Your Eyes fundraising event for the Men’s Centre and Gisborne Women’s Refuge. He was a committee member of Gisborne RSA from 2009 to 2014. He is an advocate for widespread usage of Te Reo Māori at all levels of the community and works to promote learning with Kimihia te kupu Kohanga Reo. Mr Walsh volunteers with Tūhanga Health’s smoking cessation programme.
For services to youth
Mr Anthony Warren identified the need for a youth intervention project in Kaikohe and set about establishing Te Mira gym in 2008 to offer youths more options and steer them away from gang and drug culture.
Te Mira was opened in 2010 and offers physical fitness-based mentoring, improving youths’ health and wellbeing. The gym is operated by volunteers with all funds being raised through donations from the private sector. Through the gym Mr Warren has supported youth to develop positive relationships, school engagement, physical fitness, and lessen health issues such as obesity. Te Mira has worked with police, corrections, the courts, schools, mental health groups, and medical centres to build up intervention schemes centred around the gym. Around 500 young people use the facility each month. Te Mira has partnered with businesses locally such as Mt Pokaka Timber and Mainfreight to provide work experience and cadetships. Mr Warren’s contributions were recognised with the Supreme Award at the Trust Power Far North Community Awards.
For services to Māori and the community
Mrs Eileen Whaitiri has contributed to Māori, youth and the community on Wharekauri through an extensive range of groups, committees and organisations since the late 1960s.
Mrs Whaitiri played a key role establishing Ha O Te Ora Māori Community Health in 2003 and as Chair from 2006 to 2016 she steered the organisation to meet the needs of whanau from a local perspective, growing the community services provided. She was a part of the Ngati Mutunga Establishment Board, later becoming a Trustee for Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust. She represented the Iwi Trust on the Creative Arts Committee and is currently a kaitiaki for Cultural Fishery Permits. Her community involvement has spanned cultural organisations, school committees, sports clubs, and other community organisations. She has held the positions of Chair, Treasurer or Secretary for most groups of which she has been a member. She has been a member of various fundraising committees to mark milestone celebrations such as centennials for various Chatham Islands community organisations. She was an agent for Wharekauri Māori Wardens and a delegate for Te Wai Pounamu Maori District Council and Islands Tasmania Conference. Mrs Whaitiri is currently a Trustee for Ngati Mutunga / Ngati Haumia Pa Reserve and an Advisory Trustee for Kekerione 47C3 & 47C4 Ahu Whenua Trust.
For services to the Welsh community and athletics
Mr Derek Williams has held administrative roles with the Welsh Club and Welsh Society in Auckland and has represented the Welsh community with the Auckland Multicultural Society.
Mr Williams has served as Secretary and President of the Auckland Multicultural Society. He was a founder member of the Auckland Welsh Club Choir from 1988 and a member of the newly formed Auckland Welsh Folk Dance group that participated in the Opening Ceremony of the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. He has been a key driver of the organisation of Welsh cultural events in Auckland in 1991, 1995, 2004, and 2012. He is a Life Member of the Welsh Cymanfa Ganu Association of New Zealand, which promotes the signing of Welsh music. He has coached rugby, cricket, athletics and gymnastics and was part of the Auckland Secondary Schools Athletics Management Team to several North Island Championships from 1992 to 2005. Since retiring Mr Williams has been a volunteer coach and a member of the committee of the Waitakere City Athletics Club.
For services to ethnic communities and dentistry
Dr Allan Young joined the Manawatu Multicultural Council (MMC) and was elected Vice President in 2008, later serving as President from 2009 to 2011.
As President Dr Young oversaw the development of a new constitution, strengthened MMC’s financial position, and promoted collaboration amongst ethnic groups in the region through a range of activities and events. This included the Biennial World on Stage Concert in 2010, Playgroups for Migrants in collaboration with Plunket, local participation in the Ethkick Soccer Tournament, and a number of workshops and programmes for migrants. He was a member of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) Central Districts branch executive from 1993 to 2000, including as President from 1998 to 1999. In 2014 he organised a ‘Free Dentistry Day’ event through his Broadway Dental clinic for Community Card holders. This event was repeated in 2015 and 2017 in collaboration with the NZDA. He and his 14 staff at Broadway Dental collaborated with the Smiles for the Pacific Clinic in 2016 to conduct free dental services in Fiji. Dr Young has been Vice President and President of the Manawatu Chinese Association (MCA) and has opened the MCA’s facilities more widely for use by other ethnic groups in the region.