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New Year Honours 2020 - Citations for Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

BARDSLEY, Dr Anne

For services to science and the State

Dr Anne Bardsley worked as a senior analyst for the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor from 2012 to 2018.

Dr Bardsley undertook the research that led to the Chief Science Advisor's methamphetamine report, uncovering the social harm that had been caused as a result of overzealous testing. In completing this research she faced intense scrutiny in the public eye and maintained her professionalism and commitment to evidence-based policy. She was the primary author on reports regarding the safety of water fluoridation and on asbestos contamination after the Christchurch earthquake. She was the principal researcher and author of the Conservation and Environmental Science Roadmap. She has been a key player in establishing the reputation and relevance of the science advisory system in New Zealand. She served on the Committee for science advice in emergencies for the Organisation of Economic Development from 2016 to 2018, and is currently an advisor for the International Network for Government Science Advice. She played a significant role in developing the New Zealand Risk Register and recently chaired the Ministry for the Environment's panel on National Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework. Dr Bardsley is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Security at the University of Auckland.

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BARKER, Mr Peter Richard

For services to the community

Mr Peter Barker is the Chair of Samaritans of Wellington Centre Crisis Helpline.

Mr Barker has been a listener on the Crisis Helpline since 1994. As a volunteer, he has provided an ongoing and readily available source of emotional support for those in distress. Since 2013 he has been a Board Director on Samaritans of Wellington and Samaritans New Zealand. He was instrumental in establishing links with similar organisations overseas. He was directly involved in creating Befrienders Worldwide, an international network of more than 350 crisis helpline services across 30 countries. Mr Barker is the Befrienders Worldwide Regional Coordinator for Australasia and recently he established Project Unite to link the Samaritan Crisis Helplines in New Zealand and Australia.

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BIBBY, Ms Gillian Margaret

For services to music and music education

Ms Gillian Bibby is a past-president of the New Zealand Composers' Association and one of the country's leading piano teachers.

Ms Bibby has been co-founder and examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board and Teacher Trainer for the New Zealand Suzuki Music Institute. She served on the National Council of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers and was an examiner for the Australian and the New Zealand Music Examinations Boards for more than 20 years. She founded the CHAMPS Trust in 2000, offering Wellington students professional training in chamber music. In 2009 she was instrumental in forming the Sunrise Music Trust to commission, edit and publish New Zealand music for younger students. She has researched and edited several of the Trust's publications, including 'Living Echoes: The First 150 Years of Piano Music in New Zealand' (2014), and lectured on early New Zealand composers for piano. Her area of research includes particularly the works for solo piano by Paul Schramm. Her compositions include a considerable series of works involving New Zealand birdsong. She was the featured New Zealand composer at the first International Music Day for radio in 1980. During her postgraduate studies in Europe, Ms Bibby won the Kranichstein and Darmstadt composition prizes at the Darmstadt International Courses for New Music, and the Boswil Residence prize in Switzerland.

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BOYLE, Miss Lauren Marie

For services to swimming

Miss Lauren Boyle has been one of New Zealand's top performing swimmers, achieving 14 medals at major international meets during her career.

Miss Boyle has competed at three Commonwealth Games and three Olympic Games as a representative of New Zealand. At 18 she won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, winning silver in the same event four years later at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She won a gold medal in the 800-metre Freestyle at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she won a gold medal in the 400-metre Freestyle, after she achieved a Commonwealth Games record in the final. At the Wellington Short Course Championships in 2014, she broke the World Short Course record in the 1,500-metre Freestyle, becoming one of only three New Zealand swimmers to hold a world record. Since retiring, Miss Boyle has been involved as an ambassador for Water Safety New Zealand since 2015 and has toured the country helping young swimmers by sharing her knowledge and experience.

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BURROWS, Mrs Sulieti Fieme'a

For services to Tongan art and education

Mrs Suleti Fieme'a Burrows is a traditional Tongan artist known for her tapa work and has helped to revitalise the art of tapa making in New Zealand and Tonga.

Mrs Burrows has created ngatu (tapa paintings), kahoa heilala (neck adornments) and other forms of Tongan art in New Zealand since the late 1970s. She and her daughter worked on a project to revitalise tapa making in her home village of Falevai and she has since travelled the world delivering workshops and speaking at conferences. She has presented exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and Australia and her work has been acquired by Auckland and Otago museums. She volunteered for Hospital Hector Trust Group from 1988 to 2010, selling her craft at hospitals around Auckland and donating the profits toward funding medical equipment. She volunteered as an arts educator at Akoteu Kato Kakala Tongan pre-school in Ōtara from 2015 to 2018, which contributed to the establishment of the pre-school's annual art exhibition at Mangere Arts Centre. Under her guidance the last four exhibitions have coincided with Tongan Language Week. She has delivered workshops around Auckland including at Auckland Council, Fresh Gallery Ōtara, NorthArt and Westlake Girls High School. Mrs Burrows has been an active member of the Manurewa Methodist Church for more than 30 years.

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BURT, Mr George Leonard

For services to Māori and broadcasting

Mr George Burt has aided in the revitalisation and maintenance of Te Reo Māori through his development of lwi Radio throughout New Zealand.

After a long period of service in radio broadcast, Mr Burt helped the lwi of Tauranga Moana to establish their own lwi station in 1992. Through his passion for Te Reo Māori, he became pivotal to the establishment to most of the Tribal network of lwi Radio across New Zealand. As a response to the many Māori living overseas, and to the New Zealand population who wished to participate more fully in community affairs, he became a driver of simultaneous broadcast between radio and the advent of livestream. He was a pioneer in simultaneous translation services for government panels and Treaty of Waitangi hearings, which made these events more seamless and inclusive in the use of Māori language. He pioneered the Hakarongo Mai Translation Service implemented by Te Matatini Performing Arts to make the event more inclusive. He has continued to train lwi broadcasters, particularly emerging leaders, to become effective and independent managers of their broadcast resources. Mr Burt has garnered respect from lwi for his commitment to Te Ao Māori and was recently recognised with an Individual Achievement award at the 2018 Māori Media Awards.

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CAMERON, Ms Susan Mary (Susan Boland)

For services to music and seniors

Ms Susan Boland co-founded Operatunity Ltd in 2001, an organisation dedicated to delivering professional daytime concerts for seniors, while providing performance opportunities and employment to New Zealand artists.

Ms Boland has contributed to the organisation as Managing Director and Artistic Director, since its inception, and Operatunity now performs to more than 65,000 seniors annually throughout New Zealand. In 2005 Operatunity expanded to include travel, based around music, helping seniors to experience more of the world. She has been responsible for numerous charitable initiatives and fundraising events including for The Hearing House, Alzheimers New Zealand, Kaikoura and Christchurch earthquake recoveries, and a project which resulted in a sustainable water supply for Yasawa High School, Fiji. Since 2016, Operatunity has partnered with Sistema Aotearoa, a South Auckland educational institution, resulting in both monetary donations and more than 50 instruments, helping more children gain access to music tuition. As a professional singer she has performed as a soloist with major music organisations in New Zealand. Ms Boland founded Class Act Opera in the early 1990s, a group which toured nationally for 18 years, introducing opera to more than 500,000 school students.

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CASSIDY, Mrs Marilyn Joy

For services to dance

Mrs Marilyn Cassidy has taught ballet and dance in the lower South Island for 65 years.

Mrs Cassidy has taught dance in Alexandra, Clyde, Dunedin, Mosgiel and Invercargill. She has performed in productions for 72 years and was invited at age 16 to dance with the Royal Ballet Company in London in the 1950s. She is actively involved in all aspects of the performing arts, including choreography, writing, music, scenery and costume design. She has written, directed and produced many two act full length ballets, including one for Dance Southland. She has offered dance to a wider group of children with her Dance for Fun classes. She has spent countless hours, often on an unpaid basis, helping students and groups prepare for competitions and performances, including conducting and choreographing the Clyde School choir for many years. She has been adjudicator at several Dance competitions. She has choreographed productions for the Dunedin Operatic Society, Cromwell Fine Thyme Theatre Group, Alexandra Blossom Festival, and Alexandra Musical Society. Mrs Cassidy, who has received the Solo Seal Award, is a Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dance.

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CATH, Mr Gerben Willem

For services to the screen industry and education

Mr Gerben Cath has contributed to the New Zealand film and television industry since joining the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1966.

Mr Cath studied at Netherland's Film Academy before returning to New Zealand in 1978, going on to direct 'Perspective' current affairs programmes and found Arcadian Films Ltd. He directed the German/New Zealand adventure television series 'Flying Kiwi' (1980), the United States/New Zealand action series 'Skycrane' (1982), and tele-feature film 'Counterstrike' (1983). In 1985 he built the South Seas studio facility and directed the 'Dorothy Butler Video Book' series. He produced the 1987 children's science fiction series 'Space Knights' for TVNZ, directed the 'Early Bird' TV3 Breakfast Show in 1990, and the feature film 'Anagram' (1991). In 1991 he co-founded South Seas Film and Television School, which grew to become a leading New Zealand Film and Media industry training institution. He was School Director of South Seas until retiring in 2019. In 2001 he created the 'Rongo' course in conjunction with Māori Television for students fluent in Te Reo Māori. He was Executive Producer of the award-winning children's science series 'Suzy's World' from 1999 to 2002. Mr Cath has designed industry training courses for international clients including the Korean Film Commission and Singapore Ministry of Education.

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CHAN, Mr George Sheung Hung

For services to philanthropy and the community

Mr George Chan has donated to a range of charitable causes across New Zealand and has been a leader within the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, a charitable organisation that provides material and spiritual relief to those in need, since 2004.

Tzu Chi provides free health check-ups, blood donation, education programmes, financial assistance scholarships, environmental conservation, disaster relief and other services to the community. Mr Chan has held a variety of voluntary leadership positions within the organisation, including secretary and CEO. He raised almost $3 million for the organisation, including a personal donation of $400,000, to build an Auckland headquarters, which has allowed the organisation to expand to more than 800 members. Tzu Chi distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of cash cards to low-income families after the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, and Edgecumbe floods. He has been an active supporter of St John and has promoted the importance of their ambulance service to the Chinese and East Asian community. He has personally donated three ambulance vehicles to St John in recent years. Mr Chan also volunteers at the City Mission and the Auckland South Correctional Facility.

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CHEMIS, Mr John Anthony

For services to education

Mr John Chemis was CEO of the Eastbay Regional Education Activities Programme (REAP) from 2007 to 2018 and Deputy Chair of REAP Aotearoa New Zealand from 2007 to 2015.

At Eastbay REAP Mr Chemis has focused on the development of rural areas, community development, and working with young Māori and their whānau. He collaborated with the Ministry of Social Development, the Whakatane District Council and local iwi to initiate a driver licence programme for youth in the region. Under his leadership Eastbay REAP established an Early Years Service Hub in Murupara in 2012, obtaining and refurbishing premises for this purpose. In 2017 the hub's service model was reviewed to become a Whanau Tautoko Centre, enabling Eastbay REAP to respond to at-risk families with young children. He played a lead role in hosting a Gifted and Talented Education Mini Symposium in 2012 with a theme of Māori succeeding as Māori. Following the 2017 Edgecumbe floods, he directed his staff to provide support alongside other agencies, which included non-judgemental literacy and numeracy support for completing insurance forms and a holiday programme to engage children. Mr Chemis has been a board member at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, New Zealand's largest state school, since 2015 and has held several other Board of Trustee roles since the 1990s.

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CHOPPING, Mr Michael Anthony

For services to the electrical industry

Mr Michael Chopping was a Board Member of Electrical Safety of New Zealand for 22 years, including 20 years as Executive Director until stepping down in 2017.

Mr Chopping has been a member of the New Zealand and Australia Electrical Standards committees since 1995 and was involved in introducing a number of safety procedures for electrical installations inspection and testing procedures. He established Chopping Electrical Training Company in 1994 to provide practical annual courses for registered electricians, technicians and service personnel. He produced a technical paper in 2008 on 'Review of fluorescent light fittings in New Zealand during the last 40 years', finding that older fluorescent light fittings now posed a serious fire risk if they had not been maintained. He was subsequently asked to investigate past electrical fires by insurance and electrical consulting companies. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by Standards New Zealand in 2006. He was a member of the Auckland Outboard Boating Club for 35 years, serving on the Executive from 1983 to 1995 and as Commodore from 1991 to 1994. Mr Chopping is currently the Chairman of the Marina Management committee and made particular contributions to electrical safety on marine vessels.

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CODYRE, Dr David Anthony

For services to mental health

Dr David Codyre is a community psychiatrist and longstanding advocate for improvement in mental health services, and for increased access to peer support services.

From 2002 to 2012 he established and led New Zealand's first primary mental healthcare programme at ProCare Health in Auckland. Since 2012 he has led the mental health team at New Zealand's largest independent primary healthcare group Tamaki Health. He has led the development of a number of innovative programmes to better meet mental health and long term condition need, including development of a peer/cultural health coach role. He has served on mental health expert advisory boards both regionally and to the Ministry of Health and Government. He has served on a number of mental health related trust boards, including the Key to Life Charitable Trust from 2013 to 2019, the organization supporting Mike King's mental health promotion and suicide prevention work. He has worked with Government agencies to introduce a youth peer led support programme, Tu Kotahi, in four pilot schools. He is on the boards of the family violence prevention initiatives Safe Man Safe Family and Gandhi Nivas. Dr Codyre co-hosted the radio and television show 'The Nutters Club' with Mike King from 2009 to 2015, and has won a number of awards in recognition of his initiatives.

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COWAN, Mrs Naomi Frances

For services to mental health and the community

Mrs Naomi Cowan has worked in the mental health sector for more than 24 years and is currently the CEO of Equip.

Mrs Cowan is the Chairperson of Platform Trust, a national umbrella group that empowers community organisations in the mental health and addiction sector in New Zealand. As Chairperson, she successfully led pay equity negotiations for mental health and addiction support workers. She has been the Chairperson of Navigate, a representative group of more than 50 non-governmental organisations delivering mental health and addiction services to the District Health Boards in the Northern region. She helped establish and chair the Waitemata Mental Health and Addiction Stakeholder Network for 10 years and serves as the Chairperson of Global Leadership Network New Zealand. She was the Chairperson of the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre for 10 years. Mrs Cowan has had a long-term involvement with youth work and parenting support through a number of community organisations.

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COWLEY, Mr Roy James

For services to charity governance and the arts

Mr Roy Cowley has volunteered in governance roles for charity and the arts community for more than 30 years.

Mr Cowley has contributed thousands of hours to advising the Cancer Society of New Zealand at a governance level for more than 20 years. He was elected Chairperson of the Wellington Division from 2006 to 2016 and represented the Division on the Society's national board from 2011 until 2016. He guided the organisation during the expansion of its Supportive Care and Health Promotion Services and overall growth. He was granted Life Membership in 2016 and awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2017, the Cancer Society's highest award for volunteer service. He has also supported the growth of the arts in New Zealand as a trustee of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts from 1996 to 2010 and the New Zealand School of Dance from 1998 to 2004. He oversaw the evolution of the New Zealand International Festival into a permanent institution and assisted with transforming the Festival into a major contributor to the arts in New Zealand. Mr Cowley was also an independent advisor for more than 25 years to the Little Company of Mary in New Zealand, overseeing the financial management of the organisation's healthcare facilities including the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.

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CRAIG, Ms Kathleen Mary

For services to music and music education

Ms Kathleen Craig has provided more than 50 years of service to music and music education.

Ms Craig, along with the nationally renowned group, The Majorettes, were Mobil Song Quest winners in 1972. She has won multiple aria competitions and has sung as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and other regional orchestras. She has been lead soprano alongside Dame Malvina Major and has starred in many operas and musical theatre productions. In Palmerston North she runs a programme called Start Singing, which provides vocal coaching to people who don't believe they can sing, for a variety of emotional, social and physical reasons. She has been a foundation tutor in performance at The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and has taught singing at Nga Tawa School for Girls, Feilding High School, and Freyberg High School. For 10 years, Ms Craig was a coordinator of a series of fund raisers called 'Wine, Women and Song', benefitting charity groups such as the Stroke Foundation, the SPCA, and Arohanui Hospice.

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CROWTHER, Mr Paul Emlyn

For services to music

Mr Paul Crowther is a self-taught electronics engineer, drummer, sound technician, and hands-on figure in the New Zealand music industry.

Mr Crowther invented a guitar pedal called the 'Hot Cake' when he was performing as the drummer in the New Zealand band 'Split Enz' on their first two albums in the 1970s. The distortion pedal, which is hand-made by Mr Crowther and his wife Jo, is well-known in the music industry and is used by guitarists in New Zealand and internationally. He is described as a mainstay of the live New Zealand music scene for more than 40 years. He has mostly worked in the industry behind the scenes to support other musicians. He has designed, installed and maintained sound equipment for many individuals and music venues. He toured extensively as the sound engineer for Don McGlashan's 'The Mutton Birds'. Mr Crowther also repairs electronic musical instruments and offers technical advice and assistance, often without recompense.

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DURKIN, Ms Julia Samantha

For services to photography

Ms Julia Durkin is the founder and director of the annual Auckland Festival of Photography established in 2003 and also founded Auckland Photo Day in 2004.

The Auckland Festival of Photography is the longest running photography festival in Australasia. It is a free event providing a range of opportunities to celebrate the art of photography. The 2019 Festival saw 106 exhibitions, events and talks reach an audience of around 93,000 across the Auckland region. The Festival now has an online archive of 10,000 images of such events as the Diwali Festival, the Lantern Festival, and significant public photography projects for the Pacific community. Ms Durkin initiated the Auckland Photo Blog in 2006. In 2008 she initiated Manukau Light Night, an exhibition of photographic works projected onto buildings. She created the first evening gallery circuit for the Auckland region, the Festival Tuesday Circuit, in 2009. She initiated New Zealand's first photography symposium on climate change at the Aotea Centre in 2010. She played a key role in Auckland becoming a founding member of the Asia Pacific Photoforum in 2010, a regional grouping of international photography festivals across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Ms Durkin initiated the Annual Commission for Fine Arts Photography in 2011 and 27 works have since been created.

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ELLIOTT, Mrs Carrol Margaret

For services to nursing and the community

Mrs Carrol Elliot has worked in the nursing profession for more than 50 years as a registered nurse and midwife.

Mrs Elliot was a tutor of nursing at Cook Hospital and the Auckland Hospital Board. She was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Nurses Union in the 1970s. She served on the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) from 1991 to 1996 and as NZNO's Senior Hospital Delegate from 1996 to 2008. She helped to write the Code of Ethics for Nurses and the Standards of Nursing Practice for NZNO. She helped organise the first conference for the professional development of gerontology nurses in New Zealand, including international speakers. She wrote a course that was accepted by Auckland University of Technology for registered nurses working in private hospitals. She has been an elected member of the Auckland Council's Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board since 2009, including a term as Deputy Chair from 2012 to 2015. Mrs Elliott has been a member of the New Zealand Justices of the Peace Association since 1988 and attends call outs as a trusted referee when mental health professionals initiate Mental Health Act proceedings for a patients' admission to hospital.

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EWAN, Ms Janine

For services to palliative care

Ms Janine Ewan has worked for Dove Hospice since 2000 and is the Chief Executive Officer of Clinical Services.

Ms Ewan has grown Dove Hospice from caring for 14 patients and families per year to more than 600. The service has a leading edge 'new age' out-patient facility with a focus on holistic wellness, as well as an in-patient service for respite and end-of-life care. She initiated a counselling service that has grown to be one of the largest in a hospice service setting within New Zealand. Dove Hospice is solely reliant on its retail activity initiated under her leadership and various donations from the community. She was appointed as a Trustee to the foundation board of Race4Life, a national charitable trust that provides wishes for terminally ill adults. She is well known and respected as a leader in her vocation and her innovative ideas have achieved wide recognition. Ms Ewan was awarded the Rotary Service Award for Professional Excellence in 2005, the Eastern Bays Community Board's Good Citizen Award in 2010, and the Rothbury Scholarship in 2013.

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GEARE, Mrs Judith Grace

For services to language education and New Zealand-Germany relations

Mrs Judith Geare has worked as the Head of the Language Department at the Goethe-Institut in Wellington since 1984.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of Germany, tasked with promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural cooperation. Mrs Geare has taught German language courses and has convened an annual conference for teachers of German in New Zealand. She played a key role in establishing German in Aotearoa New Zealand (GANZ). She helped to establish New Zealand's International Language Week and has promoted the German language in New Zealand schools. She led the provision of language training for New Zealand writers and artists travelling to Germany as part of Creative New Zealand's Berlin Writers and Visual Arts Residencies, and has helped to establish and run numerous cultural exchanges between students in New Zealand and Germany. Her language and cultural activities have also underpinned other aspects of the relationship, including the New Zealand-German science and innovation partnership. Mrs Geare was instrumental in the creation of the online animation series 'Lifeswap', which explores the cultural differences between New Zealand and Germany through the eyes of two exchange students.

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GIBSON, Mr John Grant (Grant)

For services to rugby league

Mr Grant Gibson has contributed to rugby league in the West Coast region for more than 55 years.

Mr Gibson volunteered as a referee for West Coast Rugby League (WCRL) for 25 years, before becoming the Chairman of the WCRL Referees Association, a position he has held continuously for the past 32 years. He has served on the WCRL Board since 1976, including as Vice-President since 1995. He was a member of the Directorate of the New Zealand Rugby League Referees from its inception in 1995 and has remained a member of the NZRL referee training department following the Directorate's restructure. He was appointed the West Coast Coordinator by NZRL in the 1990s and continues to travel throughout New Zealand holding referee seminars and training courses. He has been significantly involved in the development of youth rugby league in the West Coast region. He is the Referees Coordinator at all Southern Zone Rugby League age group tournaments. Mr Gibson is a Life Member of West Coast Rugby League Referees Association and West Coast Rugby League.

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GOEBEL, Ms Parris Renee

For services to dance

Ms Parris Goebel is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, singer, director and actress.

Ms Goebel founded and co-runs The Palace Dance Studio in Auckland, which began with eight dancers and climbed to almost 100 within two years, and is now an NZQA accredited training establishment. She began her rise to prominence with the ReQuest dance crew which won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in 2009. Since then her dance crew The Royal Family have won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship three times in 2011, 2012, and 2013, while other Palace Dance Studio crews have won several gold, silver, and bronze medals at the World Championships over the years. She has worked with a number of international artists such as Ciara, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and G-Dragon. She choreographed 13 music videos for Justin Bieber's 2015 'Purpose' album, including a notable success with the video for "Sorry", which she choreographed and produced in just two days and has since received more than 3.1 billion views on YouTube. She has received several choreographer and dancer of the year awards and in 2018 published her autobiography 'Young Queen'. Ms Goebel was an ambassador for World Vision's 40-hour famine in 2018.

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GORDON, Ms Carole Erna

For services to seniors

Ms Carole Gordon established and is National Convenor of SUPA-NZ a voluntary organisation dedicated to demonstrating the positive opportunity aspects of increasing longevity and population-ageing.

Ms Gordon is a social scientist specialising in social gerontology, pursuing research aligned to a silver economy, policy transformation and social innovation. She has contributed to education, health and local government initiatives including achieving New Zealand's first smoke free hospital and the first Māori liaison role at Tauranga Hospital. She influenced the establishment of an Elders Forum at Wellington and Tauranga City Councils, working with Tauranga City Council to achieve New Zealand's first Age-Friendly City, largely due to her leadership and advocacy. She collaborated with Massey University on elder research, resulting in a national Older and Bolder health and continuing education programme. She was involved in the setup phase of SmartGrowth in 2004 and continues to ensure the needs of a growing and ageing population are included in the future of the Western Bay of Plenty. She was instrumental in setting up the Population-ageing Technical Advisory Group, a collaboration between SmartGrowth and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, and was a founding trustee and board member of Socialink Tauranga Moana. Ms Gordon has initiated events and presented papers to highlight responses to ageing structural change.

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GREEN, Ms Louise Mary

For services to education

Ms Louise Green has worked in the education sector for more than 35 years.

Ms Green has been the Principal of Khandallah School since 2008. She led Khandallah School through the final phase of a major modernisation and rebuild of its teaching facilities in 2018, having worked on preparing her teaching staff for a transition towards a collaborative teaching and learning approach. She was elected to the New Zealand Education Institute's (NZEI) Te Riu Roa National Executive in 2006 and was the primary Principals Representative from 2011 to 2016. She was NZEI President from 2015 to 2016. She represented NZEI on the New Zealand Teaching Council from 2008 to 2014 and has often contributed to Ministry of Education working groups as the NZEI representative. She helped the working group lay the groundwork for what would become the Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher Allowance. In 2018, she took on the role of lead negotiator for NZEI's primary principal's collective agreement, the most significant education industrial action by the education workforce since 1994. She was the Ethics Panel Convenor for NZEI from 2001 to 2005, having been an Ethics Panel member since 1998. Ms Green has previously worked as the Principal at three other primary schools between 1995 and 2008.

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HARRIS, Dr Aroha Gaylene

For services to Māori and historical research

Dr Aroha Harris is a historian at the University of Auckland, whose works have been published nationally and internationally in various edited collections and academic journals.

Dr Harris' first book 'Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest' was published in 2004 and she collaborated on the award-winning 'Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History' (2014). She is Past President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, a founding member of Te Pouhere Kōrero, the national collective of Māori historians, and former President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2008, and is the historian member of the Te Rohe Pōtae tribunal, inquiring into more than 200 claims. She has provided research advice to Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa on a range of iwi development projects, including Te Rarawa historical Treaty claims. She was a board member of Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library from 2015 to 2018 and the Archives Council of New Zealand from 2013 to 2019. Dr Harris has undertaken numerous advisory roles on a range of national and regional historical research projects.

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HIREME, Ms Arneta Honey (Honey)

For services to rugby league

Ms Honey Hireme has represented New Zealand in rugby league, rugby union and rugby sevens for 17 years.

Ms Hireme first played for the New Zealand Women's Rugby League team, the Kiwi Ferns, in 2002. She has appeared in four Rugby League World Cups, was named most valuable player at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, and was highest try scorer of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. She was named New Zealand Rugby League Women's Player of the Year in 2007, 2012 and 2017. She is the current captain of the Kiwi Ferns, recently leading them to victory against Fetu Samoa in June 2019. She first played for the New Zealand Women's Rugby Union team and the national rugby sevens team in 2013, appearing in one world cup for each code. She has won titles with the Black Ferns sevens. She was selected in the World IX following the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup. She has coached the Melville women's premier rugby team, been Head Coach of Hamilton City Tigers, and has represented Waikato in the women's provincial championship. Ms Hireme was a Community Support Manager at Life Unlimited Charitable Trust for seven years, is currently a Disability Sport Advisor with the Halberg Foundation for the Waikato region, and promotes women in sport as a Sky Sport presenter.

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HOOPER, Mrs Jenn Maree

For services to maternity care and people with disabilities

Mrs Jenn Hooper has voluntarily devoted thousands of hours, since the birth of her profoundly disabled daughter more than a decade ago, to improving the quality and safety of New Zealand's maternity services.

Mrs Hooper founded AIM: Action to Improve Maternity, a consumer support network that has helped more than 800 families affected by sub-standard maternity care. This includes investigations, negotiating complex complaint systems such as coronial and ACC processes, and advocating for system improvements. She has advised on numerous panels, has spoken nationally and internationally, and is a founding member of the Neonatal Encephalopathy Prevention Taskforce, having played a key role in its instigation. She established 'Changing Places NZ', a charity which provides fully accessible public bathroom facilities with specialised equipment catering to the most profoundly disabled. She has designed and opened two units to date and has created infrastructure for a nationwide network. Her higher standards are influencing improvements internationally. Mrs Hooper also invented the 'Charley Wrap', a customised torso support enabling better positioning and comfort for those with low truncal tone or scoliosis. This device is distributed internationally on a not-for-profit basis.

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HULSE, Ms Penelope Anne (Penny)

For services to local government

Mrs Penny Hulse has had a 27 year career in local government.

After a term on the Waitakere Community Board, Mrs Hulse was elected as a Waitakere City Councillor in 1995. She chaired the Healthy City Committee and developed strong partnerships with community groups and government agencies working on the Waitakere Wellbeing project, which led to the creation of the Family Start programme. She continues to chair the Waitakere Anti-Violence initiative focused on stopping family violence. She became Chair of the Environmental Management committee in 2001 and also a member of the Waitemata District Health Board, driving sustainability into the redevelopment of the Waitakere Hospital site. As chair of the City Development Committee in 2004 she oversaw the development of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area bill. She was Deputy Mayor of Waitakere City from 2007 until amalgamation in 2010. She then became Deputy Mayor of Auckland and chaired the Auckland Development committee, producing the Auckland Plan and leading the Unitary plan process for four years. Mrs Hulse was re­elected to the Auckland Council in 2016 and has chaired the Environment and Community Committee.

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JACOBI, Reverend Dr Helen Elizabeth

For services to the Anglican church and the community

The Reverend Dr Helen Jacobi has served as the first female Vicar of Auckland's St Matthew in the City since 2014.

Reverend Jacobi works with many marginalised and vulnerable communities, gaining national attention for her Church's inclusivity of the LGBTQI+ community. She was the first female Dean of Waiapu Cathedral in Napier, where she served for nine years. During this time she managed the Cathedral's assets and addressed the Church's changing needs with the planning of new development, including a tourism strategy and historical exhibition. She widened sponsorship and support for the Cathedral through special events and helped establish the Choristers programme. She was a member from 2013 and Chair of the Touch Compass Dance Trust Board from 2015 to 2019, one of New Zealand's leading inclusive arts organisations for performers with and without disabilities. She was a Trustee of Woodford School for Girls from 2005 to 2012. While Vicar of St Luke's, Wadestown, she grew the parish significantly and established community outreach and youth programmes. In 1996 Reverend Jacobi directed the Women in Crisis Project shelters for the homeless with the Diocese of Ottawa, Canada.

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KERRISON, Mr William John

For services to river and wildlife conservation

Mr William Kerrison has contributed to river restoration and freshwater species conservation for 35 years.

Mr Kerrison's contribution to river restoration includes promoting, protecting and enhancing the survival of Tuna (eels), particularly the threatened native Longfin Tuna in the Rangitaiki River. He established the Kokopu Trust in 1991 with the aim to improve Tuna and native fish management by providing a 'catch and release' for transferral over hydro dams, which affect the lifespan of eels and other native freshwater species. He traps and transfers Tuna and other native fish species past the dams of the river in the Bay of Plenty, so they can move upstream to live, or downstream to spawn. He collects buckets of elvers (young eels) from below the Matahina Dam and drives them 40 kilometres upstream to deposit. He has expanded his efforts to other rivers in the Bay of Plenty region. It is estimated that he has helped to relocate 30 million Tuna to date. Mr Kerrison has delivered educational presentations and workshops to numerous school groups and university students.

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KERSE, Professor Ngaire Margaret

For services to seniors and health

Professor Ngaire Kerse is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care and in 2018 was appointed the inaugural Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the University of Auckland.

Professor Kerse is an international expert in maximising health for older people, falls and older people, the impact of physical activity on development of disability, and developing Robot Technology for older people with dementia. She is a member of expert and advisory steering groups for the Health and Safety Quality Safety Commission and the Ministry of Health. She practices part-time as a General Practitioner at the Auckland City Mission. Since 2010, she has been the co-principal investigator of the longitudinal study 'Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu, Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand,' a world-first study of an indigenous population of older people over 80, helping people to plan better for their own health and wellbeing in later life. In 2007 she led the Brief Risk Identification Geriatric Health Tool (BRIGHT) study to investigate methods for healthcare professionals to stay in closer contact with their older patients to identify health risks at earlier stages. Professor Kerse is currently President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology.

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KHAN-JANIF, Mrs Jennifer Sabina

For services to refugee and migrant communities

Mrs Jennifer Khan-Janif co-founded the Umma Trust in 2003, which initially undertook development work in Iraq, and which diversified in 2008 to provide social services and support for refugee and migrant communities, particularly economically and socially disadvantaged Muslim women, children and families in the Auckland region.

Mrs Khan-Janif has served on the Boards of Umma Trust, Shakti Community Council, Fiji Womens Group, and is currently on the Advisory Group for the University of Auckland's Centre for Research for Asian and Ethnic Minorities. She was elected to the Board of the Africa New Zealand Business Council, to help promote African business opportunities with New Zealand companies and vice versa. She has presented academic papers on community development, family violence and youth development at conferences in New Zealand and internationally and has had poetry and stories published in the New Kiwi Women's Stories funded by Auckland Council. She works as a Senior Advisor for the Ministry of Social Development's E Tu Whanau programme, where she holds responsibilities in the Asian, Migrant and Refugee Communities portfolio, focusing on projects addressing the elimination of all forms of violence. Mrs Khan-Janif was previously project manager for the Settling In programme, overseeing the establishment of the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition.

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MAREKO, Lealamanu'a Aiga Caroline

For services to the Pacific community and education

Lealamanu'a Aiga Caroline Mareko is a Senior Manager for Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens and has worked for the kindergarten association since 2010.

Ms Mareko is currently Chair of Aotea College Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Wellington Region Pasifika Services Board. She has been involved with Kapiti Mana Pasifika Services Network since 2017. She has held a number of voluntary positions with a range of committees and boards, including National Co-Convenor of the Council of Trade Unions Komiti Pasefika since 2015, Board of Trustees trainer for Wellington Wairarapa Board of Trustees Association, and member of the Whitireia Community Polytechnic Council, the Literacy Advisory Group to Lift Education, and the Competency Advisory Panel for the New Zealand Teachers Council. She was a member of the National Executive of the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa from 1994 to 2005 and represented the Institute on the Council of Pacific Education Executive. Since 2012 she has led and organised events for Pinikilicious, a group that promotes health and wellbeing for Pacific women with a particular emphasis on breast and cervical screening. Ms Mareko was the Central South region Pacific Education Coordinator at the Ministry of Education from 2005 to 2008, where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Pasifika Education Plan.

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MARSH, Mr Dennis Te Uhi

For services to music and fundraising

Mr Dennis Marsh has performed country music across New Zealand for the past 40 years.

Mr Marsh is one of New Zealand's highest-selling country music artists, selling more than 300,000 albums to date. He has won numerous national awards, had 11 gold and six platinum albums, and six Number One albums on the New Zealand albums chart. His most recent album 'Backyard Party' was his 30th release. He often performs voluntarily at music festivals and for fundraising activities. He has also supported a large variety of New Zealand charitable organisations, including the Kidney Kids Charity, Pink Ribbon New Zealand, and Opotiki St Johns. All profits from some of his albums and singles were donated to causes such as the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund and the Returned Services Association. He regularly performs voluntarily for disadvantaged and disabled youth, as well as the elderly. Mr Marsh was inducted into the Gore Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

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MOEED, Associate Professor Humaira (Azra)

For services to science education and the community

Associate Professor Azra Moeed has been an educator for 43 years and has contributed to the development of science education in her community.

Dr Moeed worked as a high school teacher prior to becoming an academic involved in science teacher education at Victoria University of Wellington from 2001. She has researched and published internationally, and most recently co­authored two books, 'Learning through School Science Investigation: Teachers putting research into practice' and 'Learning Through School Science Investigation in an Indigenous School'. She has contributed to the Australasian Science Education Research Association, The American Education Research Association, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has helped Te Kura Māori o Porirua to develop their science education programme since 2014 and established a large butterfly house, which continues to attract schoolchildren to take an interest in science. She has collected books for school children and helped them to develop their reading ability. She has worked with her local Indian and Muslim communities, supporting them to integrate into New Zealand society. Dr Moeed has contributed to Capital City Science Educators, the Biology Teachers Network, the Wellington Zoo, Science Fairs, and the Allan Wilson Centre of Molecular Evolution.

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MONEY, Ms Ruth Suzanne

For services to victim advocacy

Ms Ruth Money has been a victim advocate since 2012, initially with the Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) as a volunteer, and as an independent advocate since 2014.

Ms Money has focused on helping survivors of serious crime understand the legal process from a survivor's perspective, in particular education around name suppression, and ensuring the Justice System does not re-victimise or add more distress to already traumatized persons or families. She spends up to 60 hours of her own time every week giving a voice to victims of crime and assisting victims through various Justice System processes. She has worked on a number of high-profile cases including the killings of Christie Marceau and Blessie Gotingco. While with the SST she was appointed the Chairperson of the Christie's Law Bail Amendment Campaign, and was appointed National Spokesperson and deputy to the Trust's founder. She co-manages a training service that teaches parents, teachers, and sector staff about the grooming characteristics of Child Sex Abusers and how to identify and avoid the risk they pose. Ms Money was appointed to the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group in 2018 to work alongside Justice Sector agencies on a prudent and realistic scope for effective criminal justice reform.

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MYERS, Mrs Linley May

For services to education

Mrs Linley Myers has worked in the primary education sector for the past 43 years.

Mrs Myers has been the Principal of Royal Oak Primary School in Auckland for 10 years, after six years as Principal of Maungawhau School. She has been the Lead Principal of the Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) programme, which services 50 schools. She was on the National Executive for RTLB, representing 40 Lead Principals and RTLB cluster managers at the national level. She was the inaugural Lead Principal of Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning, leading 10 schools. She has been a Leadership and Management Advisor for the Education Advisory Service, a reviewer in the Education Review Office, an invited member of the selection panel for the Prime Minister's Excellence in Education Awards in 2018, and an invited judge for the Prime Minister's Excellence in Education Awards in 2019. Mrs Myers is a Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland Primary Principals' Association and was a member of the Intensive Wrap Around Service selection team, which supports multiple agencies in their work for the most vulnerable students.

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NOBLE, Mrs Jennifer Ann (Jenny)

For services to health, particularly research for rare diseases

Mrs Jenny Noble has been an advocate for New Zealanders with rare diseases for 20 years.

Since 1999, Mrs Noble has worked as Field Officer/Administrator for Lysosomal Diseases New Zealand, providing support, clinical care and research into a particularly rare group of diseases. She also helped to establish the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders and has served on the Board of the International Society for Mannosidosis and Related Diseases (ISMRD), based in the United States. She has been the central fundraiser and programme organiser of five ISMRD conferences in the United States and Europe, helping to facilitate the establishment of many research efforts around the world. Her central role in ISMRD fundraising efforts led to a partnership with other advocacy groups and foundations to provide a grant of $40,000 for research into heart issues in mucolipidosis and $150,000 shared between projects on gene therapy for the disease in cell culture and animal models, and a study into potential therapy for bone problems in the disease. Though she has no formal qualifications in healthcare or the health sciences, Mrs Noble co-authored an article in the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Diseases in 2002, titled 'The osteodystrophy of mucolipidosis type III and the effects of intravenous pamidronate treatment'.

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NORTH, Mr Graeme Frederick

For services to architecture and natural building standards

Mr Graeme North is an architect who has been involved in the natural building industry in New Zealand since 1971.

Mr North was the founding Chair of the Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ) in 1988, a role that he resumed from 2014 to 2018. He developed the original Earth Building Standards published in 1998 and is currently completing an update of the standards. He uses a wide range of natural building materials, including strawbale, earthen walls and plasters, natural timber and fibres, and has designed numerous buildings using these materials. He promoted the integration of productive plants and restorative buildings to create permaculture-based designs he calls "livingscapes". He has served as Chair of the Standards New Zealand Technical Committee for Earth Building Standards for the past 25 years and was a founding Trustee of The YIMFY Trust—The Centre for Appropriate Building Technology. He has presented papers at conferences around the world and gave the keynote speech at the International Conference on Strawbale and Natural Resources in 2016. Mr North is a Life Member of EBANZ and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

HONOURS

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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O'CONNOR, Mr Donald Peter (Don)

For services to motorsport

Mr Don O'Connor has contributed to the motorcycle and car racing communities in Taranaki on a voluntary basis for 45 years.

Mr O'Connor joined the Taranaki Motorcycle Club Committee in the 1970s, quickly becoming the Club President. He led changes that have made the Club one of the most successful motorcycle clubs in the country. He was Secretary and Treasurer of the New Zealand Speedway Board from 1984 to 1988, during which time he was instrumental in helping Speedway New Zealand become an autonomous body for both cars and motorcycles. He is currently an appeals panellist, solving disputes within the sport. In the 1990s, he ran the New Zealand Ducati Dealers Race Team, managing the team and preparing the race bikes. The team won several national championships and achieved success internationally. He has supported and sponsored a number of successful New Zealand motorcycle racers at events such as Daytona USA classic races and the Isle of Man TT, as well as speedway racers. In the early 2000s, he joined the Taranaki Car Club, serving as the Club Secretary. He manufactured 10 junior speedway motorcycles for schoolchildren to practice on, donating them to local clubs for racing. Mr O'Connor has often shared his expertise free-of-charge to the community and generously sponsors local competitors.

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O'CONNOR, Mr Patrick Leo Michael

For services to migrant communities and education

Mr Patrick O'Connor has contributed to helping migrant populations settle into New Zealand society.

Mr O'Connor helped found the Pasifika Education and Employment Training Organisation (PEETO) in 1991, and has been its director for the past 28 years. PEETO provides a range of language, employment, cultural and social services for migrants, former refugees and international students. He currently leads the PEETO Multi-Cultural Trust. He helps to organise and operate numerous English language classes for new Christchurch arrivals. He has also sat on a number of national and regional advisory groups, including the Christchurch Mayor's Working Group for the development of the Christchurch Multicultural Strategy 2017, the Christchurch Refugee and Migrant Board, the New Zealand Ethnic Council, the Advisory Group on Adult ESOL Strategy, and the Ministerial Advisory Group on Refugees and Resettlement. Mr O'Connor helped establish the Christchurch Intercultural Assembly.

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ORR-WALKER, Ms Tamsin

For services to kea conservation

Ms Tamsin Orr-Walker has been the Co-founder, Trustee and Chair of the Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) since 2006.

The KCT promotes and facilitates kea conservation in the wild and improves conditions for captive kea. Ms Orr-Walker manages the day-today operation of the Trust, develops, fundraises and coordinates kea research projects, and is the community engagement coordinator for the lower South Island. She developed the Kea Husbandry Manual in 2010, which has been applied nationwide to improve the management of kea held in captivity. She has increased public awareness of the urgency of the kea's conservation and improved knowledge and understanding of kea ecology and threats, as well as conservation techniques. The large majority of her work for the KCT has been undertaken without remuneration. She has built relationships with South Island communities, along with international zoos that hold kea, and has raised the human-kea conflict conservation issue with the international community of research into human-animal conflict. This international exposure has led to direct contributions to support a person to work for the Trust on human-kea conflict in the northern part of the South Island. Ms Orr-Walker helped organise the Trust's first two Kea conferences held in 2017 and 2019 and has supported the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) work associated with kea.

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PALMER, Mrs Yvonne Shirley Ann, QSM

For services to seniors and the community

Mrs Yvonne Palmer was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 1998 for her services to the community.

Mrs Palmer continued her involvement with the Shirley Papanui Community Board until 2010, having variously held the roles of Chair and Deputy Chair. She was Chair of the New Zealand Community Boards Executive Committee from 1999 to 2009. She established the Confident Driving Programme in 2007 involving New Zealand Police, Canterbury Land Transport Authority and Age Concern. She personally facilitates up to 45 workshops each year, helping thousands of older people to make informed decisions about their driving. She is recognised as a leader in road safety in New Zealand and was appointed to the University of Otago's older driver study. She works closely with Canterbury Police to assist their older driver strategy. She facilitates Home and Personal Safety courses with multiple agencies including New Zealand Police, Neighbourhood Support, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Civil Defence and Emergency Management, and Christchurch City Council. She has coordinated the Positive Ageing Expo for 13 years. She was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee of the Canterbury District Health Board from 2013 to 2019. Mrs Palmer was a member of the Community Justice Panel in Christchurch, which contributed to reducing the number of prosecutions for low-level offending from 2009.

HONOURS

Queen's Service Medal for Public Services, Queen's Birthday 1998

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PEARMAN, Mr Geoffrey Robert (Geoff)

For services to seniors and business

Mr Geoff Pearman is a leading consultant, commentator, speaker and author in the field of ageing and in particular the ageing workforce.

Mr Pearman has worked to raise awareness of the issues faced by New Zealand's ageing population. In 2009 he established Partners in Change, a TransTasman business that works with organisations to address the challenges and opportunities of the ageing workforce. In 2016 he founded Senior Entrepreneurs New Zealand to support senior entrepreneurs through coordinating networking opportunities and providing access to training workshops, mentoring and other resources. He has published a book entitled 'Doing it Differently – Life and Work After 50' (2016) and this has been a key education resource in raising awareness of the challenges of increased age and work. He was a principal advisor to the Auckland-based HT Group and its national research on New Zealand's 55 to 70 year old population and their working, financial and consumer behaviours. He is contributing to on-going research conducted by Massey University's Health and Ageing Research Team and leading a research stream on senior entrepreneurship in New Zealand. Mr Pearman is a member of the independent advisory group for 'Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034' strategy and advisor to the Retirement Commissioner for the Review of Retirement Income Policy 2019.

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PIERSON, Mr Hadleigh Jayton Richard

For services to paralympic sport

Mr Hadleigh Pierson has contributed to the New Zealand Para Sports community since 2001.

Mr Pierson has had several positions at ParaFed Canterbury. From 2001 to 2005, he was employed as their Sports Coordinator and guided the Canterbury athletes through the 2004 Summer Paralympic Games. Despite being born with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones), he has had an active sports career and was selected for the New Zealand Paralympic teams for both the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. He has also worked as a Talent Identification Manager at Paralympics New Zealand and developed policies and procedures to support New Zealand's disabled athletes at all levels. In 2015, he returned to ParaFed Canterbury as Sports Manager and the number of athletes in the Canterbury region has steadily grown under his management. Mr Pierson has played a significant role in identifying talented athletes as well as establishing and maintaining athlete development squads in the lead up to the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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ROBINSON, Mr Kim Leslie

For services to the deaf community

Mr Kim Robinson has volunteered for the betterment of the deaf community for more than 30 years.

Mr Robinson has helped to campaign for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) to become an official language and has assisted with captioning access for cinemas, television and online content. He has ensured that access is available to the deaf during Civil Defence emergencies and has lobbied for visual fire alarms to be placed in public buildings. He has successfully campaigned for the establishment of the New Zealand Relay Service for the deaf community and has made submissions to numerous select committees as well as participating in several policy reviews. Mr Robinson was the President of the Executive Board of the Deaf Association of New Zealand from 2008 to 2010. In 2015 he helped to establish Deaf Action New Zealand Inc., a deaf-led advocacy organisation that has sought to effect change at a local and national level.

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SCARLET, Mr Donald William (Don)

For services to conservation

Mr Don Scarlet has made significant contributions to environmental restoration and conservation within the Waikato Region and particularly within the Waipa District.

Mr Scarlet is the co-Chair of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, the largest conservation project on mainland New Zealand, a founding member of the Waikato Ecological Enhancement Trust since 2003, and an Advisory Trustee of Waikato River Care. His efforts have seen many hundreds of environmental projects be initiated, funded and delivered. He was elected Chair of the National Wetland Trust in October 2019. His broader contribution has been in enabling local iwi to develop social and economic enterprises that are founded in community-based environmental initiatives. His work has led to job creation, improved consultation with Māori, and improvement to public places and reserves, such as Lake Rotopiko reserve. Mr Scarlet is also a Trustee of the National Wetland Trust and he has assisted in gaining full public access to the site and creating a pest-free area around part of the site. The wider benefits of this project to the community, iwi and the environment include community education, increased visitor numbers, and restoration of the wetland site.

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SIDAWAY, Mr Grant William Rowan

For services to seniors and ICT education

Mr Grant Sidaway instigated the SeniorNet initiative with the establishment of the first SeniorNet training centre in New Zealand in 1992 and has been a driving force for the service, which now has 70 training centres throughout New Zealand with around 9,500 members.

SeniorNet is a community training network that supports and motivates people aged 50 plus to enjoy and use technology in their daily lives. The courses are social and cover a variety of topics such as emailing, using the internet, social networking and media, internet banking, creating spreadsheets and using multi-media. Over the years thousands of older people have taken the courses, enabling them to keep up to date with technology and connect with the wider community online. Mr Sidaway set up the national SeniorNet Federation in 2006 to provide a vehicle to obtain national grants and government funding to keep the centres running and for the training of tutors, and was CEO from inception until retiring in late 2019. He is a technology columnist and writes about issues that are of particular interest to older people, such as avoiding scams and being connected online. Mr Sidaway is a Business Mentor for Business-in-the-Community and is a Big Buddy mentor for fatherless boys.

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SMITH, Senior Sergeant Bryan Martin

For services to the New Zealand Police and the community

Senior Sergeant Bryan Smith has served the New Zealand Police and the Hawke's Bay community for 39 years.

Senior Sergeant Smith has held several positions within the New Zealand Police since starting as a front-line officer and is now Officer in Charge Prevention (Families and Youth). He has headed the Youth Aid and Community Relations team in Hastings and was the officer responsible for the Flaxmere Community Policing Centre, a position that required him to foster links between at-risk youth and the community. He has served 33 years as member of the Hawke's Bay Armed Offenders Squad and has contributed his tactical decision-making to the often dangerous and demanding environment. He has been involved in more than 800 operations throughout his time in the squad and has directly commanded and led more than 250. He is an active member of his local community and has been a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hasting Boys High School. He has built strong connections with Te Aranga Marae and has run programmes on the marae aimed at reintegrating youth and their whanau back into school and the community. Senior Sergeant Smith coached the Havelock North Rugby Club Development team, resulting in two successful championships, and has represented the Police in numerous rugby sevens competitions.

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STANSFIELD, Ms Pauline Alice Roycroft

For services to people with disabilities

Ms Pauline Stansfield has contributed to the support of people with disabilities as an advocate and member of the disabled community.

Ms Stansfield was involved with the 1980 Year of the Disabled Person and played a part in allocating funds to those most in need. She published her autobiography entitled 'Russia Changed my Life' in 2017, outlining her journey since an accident in 1969 that left her paralysed from the waist down. She has helped to educate the public about necessary care for wheelchair users. She was Secretary of the North Shore Disabled Persons Assembly for 11 years, during which time she undertook an 'Access Survey' of public buildings on the North Shore, as well as looking at accessible walkways in the Northern part of the North Shore Disabled Persons' Assembly territory. She has volunteered at the Otara Spinal Unit for several years, providing encouragement and support to those in extensive periods of rehabilitation. Ms Stansfield has been involved with the Ministry of Elevate Christian Disability Trust and has been an active Justice of the Peace for 30 years.

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STENT, Mr Clayton Trevor Arthur

For services to the community and governance

Mr Clayton Stent was Mayor of Taupo from for two terms from 2001 to 2007 and has contributed to a range of community organisations for more than 30 years.

Mr Stent is currently Chair of the Lake Taupo Protection Trust, having been a Trustee since 2010. The project has been acknowledged by the OECD as a leading national and international environmental project. He played a key role in bringing Life Education to the Taupo Ruapehu District in 1994 and led the process of raising funds to purchase the first mobile classroom. He remains involved with the Life Education Trust as Patron, having been Chairman until 2000. He was involved with the Lake Taupo Development Trust from 2008 and served as Chairman. He held the voluntary role of Regional Civil Defence Controller from 2007 to 2011. He was a Trustee of 100% Lake Taupo Charitable Trust from 2012 to 2017. He has been a member of Lakeland Lions Club since 1986 and has served two terms as President. He was a Trustee of the Geyser Trust from 2013 to 2017. Having practiced law for 34 years, he provided pro bono services to the Citizens Advice Bureau from 2008 to 2013. Mr Stent was Patron of the Taupo Family Centre from 2010 to 2017 and of the Inter Church Welfare Society since 2012.

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THOMPSON, Mrs Jennifer Ann

For services to amputees and horticulture

Mrs Jennifer Thompson has been a committee member of the Amputee Society of the Greater Wellington Region since 1975, and held the roles of Vice-President and President of the Society during the 1990s.

Mrs Thompson was elected to the National Executive of the Amputees Federation of New Zealand in 1989 and was Vice-President and President in 1991 and from 1993 to 1996, respectively. She was Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Artificial Limb Board from 2003 to 2010. She was made a Life Member of the Amputees Federation of New Zealand in 2007. She has volunteered as a guide at Zealandia for the past eight years. She has been President of the Hutt Valley Horticultural Society since 2009 and led the Society to their first show in the new Lower Hutt Events Centre in 2018. Mrs Thompson was a member of the Hutt City Council Central Ward Community Committee from 2014 to 2017.

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TIATIA, Miss Sonia Faiga

For services to hospitality and youth

Miss Sonia Tiatia established DINE Academy in Wellington in 2010, with the aim of nurturing young people, particularly those at senior high school age, to be the next generation of employable hospitality and tourism industry ambassadors.

DINE Academy has expanded to Auckland and became a registered charity in 2017. DINE has particularly encouraged young Pacific and Māori people to gain skills to study and/or work in both commercial kitchens or in corporate hospitality and customer service roles. Miss Tiatia has accelerated thousands of young people into casual, part or full time work and tertiary studies. In 2018 she received a Kiwibank Local Hero award and a Pasifika Community Minded Business of the Year award for her dedication. She has been an industry advisor and support person to Marae, high schools, youth organisations and families throughout New Zealand and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to develop and transition into employment.

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TIATIA, Mr Tiatia Ieti Fale (Ieti)

For services to sport and the Samoan community

Mr Ieti Tiatia has been involved with the Samoan community in Wellington for more than 50 years.

Mr Tiatia formed the Wellington Samoan Rugby Committee in 1970, which allowed for networking of new migrants in Wellington. He established annual fixtures between Wairarapa, Palmerston North and Auckland Samoan Rugby Associations. He was President of the Committee and helped set up the Wellington Pacific Cup. He was a selector for Manu Samoa in New Zealand for the 1991 World Cup and established the inaugural New Zealand Samoan Rugby Team in 1992. He was Vice-President of the Wellington Rugby Football Union and was Assistant Manager of the Samoan Barbarians team that toured England and France in 1990. He coordinated the relief campaign between Wellington and Samoa after Cyclones Ofa and Val in the 1990s and travelled to Samoa to ensure that the donations were being used properly and providing assistance. He has been involved with the Wellington Samoan Golf Association for 30 years and organised annual inter-provincial tournaments. He led many fundraisers to ensure the sports teams he was involved with were fully equipped and uniformed and would often host meetings in his own home when venues were not available. Mr Tiatia was sports announcer for Samoan Capital Radio for a number of years.

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TUUTA, Mrs Marama Amiria

For services to Māori and education

Mrs Marama Tuuta has been the representative of Papawai Marae in negotiations for the Treaty of Waitangi on behalf of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui a Rua and has served as negotiator and Deputy Chair, and an advisor to negotiators.

Mrs Tuuta has also been a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently a Trustee of Ngati Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa - Tamaki Nui a Rua post-settlement governance trust, was appointed as Chairperson of the Whakapapa Committee, and was elected to the lwi Investment Trust. She was an inaugural Trustee of Ngati Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa from 2006 until early 2019 and was also Chairperson for a year. She has been a Director of the Ngati Kahungunu lwi Incorporated and a Trustee of the health provider Whaiora. She has previously been a Trustee and Chairperson of Wairarapa Moana Trust, a member of the Ngati Kahungunu Executive Taiwhenua, and Wairarapa Manager for lkaroa netball. She worked as the Principal of Masterton East School from 1990 to 1997 and as a Co-Director of Victoria University of Wellington's College of Education from 1998 to 2004. While at the College of Education Mrs Tuuta co-founded the Earn and Learn programme, which gave Māori teacher aides the opportunity to gain degree qualifications.

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URE, Mrs Wendy Joy

For services to early childhood education

Mrs Wendy Ure is the Tumuaki (Manager) of Gisborne Community Early Education Centre/Te Whare Tiaki Tamariki Inc., where she has been employed for 34 years.

Mrs Ure set up the Supervisor's Support Group in Gisborne, where one of the first teaching bases of Te Rito Maioha (then the New Zealand Childcare Association) was established. She is a member of Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/Te Rito Maioha and was on the Initial Teacher Education Selection Panel for Tairāwhiti. She was on the working group that set up the Quality Register and her own Centre was one of the first five to achieve the Premium Quality Award under her leadership. She has been an active member of the Early Childhood Worker's Union, the Combined Early Childhood Union of Aotearoa and NZEI Te Riu Roa throughout her career. She was a member for two years of the Early Childhood Advisory Group to the New Zealand Teachers Council. She served on the Ministry of Education consultation group who set up the 20 Hours Free ECE initiative. She contributed to the Pathways to the Future 2002 to 2012 ECE Strategic Plan. Mrs Ure has actively contributed to promoting quality initiatives for ECE by the Ministry of Education, beginning in the early 1990s in an advocacy role for all zero to five year old children.

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To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

WHITTINGHAM, Mrs Lucy (Lucy Addison)

For services to the deafblind community

Ms Lucy Addison has helped support the New Zealand deafblind community for 28 years.

Ms Addison was a founding member of The Quality of Life Trust in 1993, a charitable trust that has assisted five people with deafblindness and their families. At the time when the trust was established, the deafblind community lacked sufficient support past childhood. Drawing on her experiences with her deafblind son, she saw the need for a unique support system for those with deafblindness to carry on past the expected support of their parents as they aged. The Quality of Life Trust bought a house for five young adults with deafblindness to live in, which employs full-time staff and provides a variety of services and activities for the residents. The house was the first of its kind in New Zealand. Ms Addison has served as the Chairperson of the Trust for more than 20 years, but has also contributed in other ways to the community, as an advocate, supporter, mentor and administrator. Ms Addison is heavily involved in fundraising for the Trust and the raising of awareness of deafblindness.

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To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

WILSON, Mr Gordon Alan

For services to education

Mr Gordon Wilson worked as a teacher from 1977 to 2000, before taking up roles as a Director of Youth Services for the Dunedin District's Special Education Service and as the Manager of the Dunedin Secondary Schools Partnership (DSSP).

Mr Wilson helped DSSP establish the BEATS Study (Built Environment and Active Transport to School), an ongoing study examining transport to school habits, the neighbourhood environment and physical activity of high school students to inform city and rural planning, education campaigns and policy development. Since retiring in 2018, he has been Chair of a steering group for Building a Children's Workforce. This group was developed to provide an integrated approach to respond to reports of concern in Dunedin received by Oranga Tamariki, and the project is now being considered for national rollout due to positive outcomes. He has worked with the Ministry of Education to develop a secondary principal refugee steering committee, which enabled greater support for refugee programmes and resources in schools. He was an active participant in suicide post and prevention, establishing strong networks between mental health services, providers and schools to work with at-risk youth. Mr Wilson has been Secretary of the Otago Secondary Schools Principals' Association and the Otago Southland Secondary Principals' Association and has coordinated the Otago Southland Secondary Principals' annual conference.

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To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

WRIGHT, Mr David Philip

For services to biodynamic agriculture

Mr David Wright worked as the Secretary of the Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association charity (Biodynamics NZ) for 27 years and helped the development of the knowledge and practice of biodynamic agriculture and horticulture in New Zealand.

Mr Wright was the sole full-time employee of Biodynamics NZ for the majority of his tenure, working effectively as a paid volunteer for minimal remuneration, and was made a Life Member of the Association in 2018. He served on the Board of BioGro New Zealand between 1995 and 2015. He was a member of the Board of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand from its founding in 2005 until 2011. He was a founding Trustee of the Kete Ora Charitable Trust, set up in 1997 to enable education and research into biodynamic and organic agricultural practices. He was Treasurer and Trustee until stepping down in 2017. He has been Secretary and continues as Inspector for Demeter New Zealand on a voluntary basis, facilitating interactions between Demeter New Zealand and Demeter International. He has been instrumental over the years in the development of New Zealand's Demeter Biodynamic Certification standards to an equivalent of Demeter International's standards. Mr Wright was a member of the team that developed the NZS8410:2003 Organic Production minimum standard for defining the term "organic" in New Zealand in the early 2000s.

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To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

WRIGHT, Mr Paul Dudley

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the forestry industry

Mr Paul Wright has worked in the forestry industry for more than 40 years in a variety of senior management roles throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Fiji Islands.

As Principal of the Fiji Forestry Training Centre Mr Wright provided vital support to Fiji's growing forestry industry. Since 1991 he has held senior operation and management positions in the Central North Island. He was Principal Rural Fire Officer of Pumicelands Rural Fire District from 2007 to 2017 and was Chief Executive from 2015 to 2017. In these roles he has overseen the amalgamation and continued management of several fire authorities. He has been Principal Rural Fire Officer for Fire and Emergency New Zealand since 2017. His efforts have led to changes and improvements in fire management, both regionally and nationally. Mr Wright has been actively involved in Rotary for 34 years and is a Past District Governor and for more than 40 years he has been involved with organisations supporting disabled persons.

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Last updated: 
Friday, 13 December 2019

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