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New Year Honours 2021 - Citations for the Queen's Service Medal

The Queen’s Service Medal:

ADSHEAD, Mrs Gillian Mary (Gill), JP

For services to conservation

Mrs Gill Adshead and her husband Kevin Adshead began the Mataia Restoration Project in 2005, undertaking pest control on Mrs Adshead’s family farm of 1,300 hectares.

Today, 400 hectares of the farm is being restored to native bushland and successfully combines a working sheep and beef farm with a large-scale private conservation project. With local support Mr and Mrs Adshead now plant around 7,500 native trees annually on the farm. Corridors of native bush and stream banks have been replanted to provide safe passage for wildlife, protected from livestock. These efforts allowed for the return of kiwi to Mataia in 2013, the first reintroduction of kiwi to private land in the Auckland region. To allow kiwi to disperse further afield, they established the Forest Bridge Trust in 2014 to drive creation of a safe ecological corridor from the east to the west. They have played a key role in connecting with landowners, farmers and the community to support and encourage conservation practices. They supported the development of the CatchIT Schools programme to encourage students to undertake pest control, which now reaches schools from Pakiri to the Kaipara. They have worked alongside Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara to establish trap lines across Maunga o Atuanui. Mr and Mrs Adshead have served with Volunteer Service Abroad and as regional school supporters for Duffy Books in Homes.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

ADSHEAD, Mr Kevin John

For services to conservation

Mr Kevin Adshead and his wife Gill Adshead began the Mataia Restoration Project in 2005, undertaking pest control on Mrs Adshead’s family farm of 1,300 hectares.

Today, 400 hectares of the farm is being restored to native bushland and successfully combines a working sheep and beef farm with a large-scale private conservation project. With local support Mr and Mrs Adshead now plant around 7,500 native trees annually on the farm. Corridors of native bush and stream banks have been replanted to provide safe passage for wildlife, protected from livestock. These efforts allowed for the return of kiwi to Mataia in 2013, the first reintroduction of kiwi to private land in the Auckland region. To allow kiwi to disperse further afield, they established the Forest Bridge Trust in 2014 to drive creation of a safe ecological corridor from the east to the west. They have played a key role in connecting with landowners, farmers and the community to support and encourage conservation practices. They supported the development of the CatchIT Schools programme to encourage students to undertake pest control, which now reaches schools from Pakiri to the Kaipara. They have worked alongside Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara to establish trap lines across Maunga o Atuanui. Mr and Mrs Adshead have served with Volunteer Service Abroad and as regional school supporters for Duffy Books in Homes.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

BOLDARIN, Mrs Robin, JP

For services to the community and school sports

Mrs Robin Boldarin has contributed to the community in Wellington’s eastern suburbs for a number of years.

Mrs Boldarin was an integral part of Catholic Netball Wellington City Area for decades, acting as Convenor and as an umpire at Tuesday and Saturday netball games and tournaments. She assisted in the re-siting of the netball venue from Holy Cross School to a more central venue located at Evans Bay Intermediate School. She is currently Secretary of the Wellington Primary School Sports Association, involved in running the Wellington-wide competition. She was involved with the Holy Cross Brownie Pack in Miramar, initially as Tawny Owl, graduating to Brown Owl. She organised numerous skill-based events for Brownies for approximately 20 years and was also Quartermaster for the Girl Guides. As President of the Southern Stroke Club since 2015, she has organised annual awareness campaigns, public education and fundraising, and was elected to the Stroke Central Region Board in 2017. Mrs Boldarin is involved with a wide range of other community organisations, such as the Airport Air Noise Committee since 2004, CentrePort Wellington, Wellington Water, Friends of Wellington Town Belt, Chair of Miramar/Maupuia Progressive Association, and Chair of the Seatoun Arts and Crafts Club.

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BOURKE, Mr Michael Joseph (Mike)

For services to wildlife conservation

Mr Mike Bourke has developed large sections of his family’s farm in Rangiwahia into a wildlife reserve and habitat of more than 30 acres.

Mr Bourke began transforming his farm in the 1970s. He fenced off waterways and, working with a friend and nurseryman, planted more than 10,000 different trees, shrubs and fruit orchards around the farm and surrounding wetlands. He established Bourke’s Dam (now Mangahuia Wetlands) in 1997 in collaboration with Fish and Game New Zealand, and established two further wetlands subsequently. His wetlands are available for public enjoyment, via the Manawatu Scenic Route. After releasing trout into the wetlands several years ago, he has become involved with Fish and Game’s ‘Take a Kid Fishing Day’, helping children learn to fish and providing rods and lures for those needing equipment. He has built several netting houses with the aim of breeding and protecting Carolina Wood Ducks, Pheasants and Californian Quail. He has carried out predator control to protect wildlife on his property. He has successful bred Mute White Swans, acquiring his first pair in 1973, playing a significant role in this bird’s presence in New Zealand. Mr Bourke has been recognised for his conservation of rare waterfowl and wetland habitat, winning the 2006 PGG Wrightson Habitat Environmental Award.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

BOWMAR, Mr Daniel John (John)

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community

Mr John Bowmar has been a member of the Kaiwaka Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1977, with an attendance record of 98 percent.

Mr Bowmar was Deputy Chief Fire Officer from 1994 to 2004 and has since served 16 years as the current Chief Fire Officer. In the past 10 years alone, he has attended 847 callouts across a range of events. He was instrumental in supporting the neighbouring community of Mangawhai, during a two-year period of rebuilding their struggling brigade. This included the mentoring of new officers and responding to support the Mangawhai Brigade, while also maintaining responsibilities for Kaiwaka Brigade. Following the closure of the St John first responder unit in Kaiwaka, he extended invitations to displaced first responders to join the Brigade. He has actively supported road safety improvements in his local area. He has been an active member of his local Lions Club in support of community events. He has been active in community fundraising, including for the Northland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Mr Bowmar has supported the local Civil Defence team and has responded with his tractor to assist with rescues in the community.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

BOYES, Mrs Yvonne Barbara, JP

For services to health, particularly nursing and cancer treatment

Mrs Yvonne Boyes was a Trustee of the Child Cancer Foundation from 1989 to 1992, Paediatric and Adult Oncology from 1989 to 2001, and is a current member of the Bay of Plenty Child Health Trust.

Mrs Boyes was an oncology nurse and was the Director of Nursing at Waipuna Hospice from 2004 to 2007 and Ngati Awa Health Clinical Lead from 2007 to 2009. She joined Project Hope Fundraising committee in 2005 and became Deputy Chair. She oversaw the completion of the Project Hope Cancer Treatment Centre building in 2008, which facilitated treatment in Whakatane without needing to travel for treatment to Hamilton or Tauranga. She was appointed to the Cancer Control Council from 2005 to 2007. She was a Primary Nurse Educator for the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance from 2009 to 2015. She was instrumental in developing the Rural Health lnterprofessional Programme in the Eastern Bay of Plenty from 2015 and is the Academic Coordinator. She has been a student nurse mentor and educator. As a member of the Bay Health Foundation from 2004 to 2008, she was involved in fundraising for the Renal Centre in Tauranga. Mrs Boyes was a member of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board from 2001 to 2019.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

BURDETT, Mr William Sydney Clement (Bill)

For services to the community and local government

Mr Bill Burdett has served the Ruatoria and Gisborne communities for 40 years in a variety of roles.

Mr Burdett has given 40 years of service to the Mangahanea Marae, the Uepohatu Marae, and the Whakarua Park Board. He was Secretary of the Mangahanea Marae for 26 years and Secretary of the Uepohatu Marae for 16 years. He was the Chairman of Te Pua Waitanga o Ruatoria Community Trust for 14 years. He has held President, Coach, Secretary and Treasurer roles at the Ruatoria City Rugby Club and been Chairman, Coach, Manager, Secretary and Treasurer with the Ruatoria Rugby Sub-Union. He has been a Gisborne District Councillor since 1998 and a Waiapu-Matakaoa Councillor for 22 years. He helped bring the Gisborne District Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou together on the Koka Huhua project to fight erosion on the Waiapu River. He has chaired local government committees, including the Assets and Infrastructure Committee, the Wastewater Committee and Regional Land Transport Committee, each for more than 10 years. Mr Burdett was a Trustee of Ngāti Porou Runanga Iwi for nine years.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

CHARMAN, Mrs Carol Winifred

For services to youth and people with intellectual disabilities

Mrs Carol Charman and volunteered in the Napier community, particularly supporting youth and people with intellectual disabilities.

Mrs Charman has volunteered with IHC since the early 1980s, including time as IHC Napier President from 1991 to 1993 and as a member of the national committee. She played an active role in policy and service development on the national committee, including assisting people leaving Kimberly Hospital in Levin after it was deinstitutionalised in 1986. She was a founding member of Parent to Parent New Zealand counselling and support service and volunteered at Awatapu special school. She has been involved with Rotary Clubs since 1997 and was the first woman President of Napier West Club in 2004. She was Assistant Governor for Napier from 2006 to 2009. She organised the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) for young people from her region from 1998 to 2011. She was involved with the Napier Rotary Pathways fundraising project, which raised $6 million towards the creation of new pedestrian and cycle pathways. She is currently co-Treasurer of Greenmeadows Club. Mrs Charman was responsible for costumes and backstage support for the Napier Frivolity Minstrels on a voluntary basis from 1992 to 2000.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

CHOW, Ms Sau Man (Rosa)

For services to immigrant communities

Ms Rosa Chow has actively contributed to the Howick community since emigrating from Hong Kong.

Ms Chow has been a Board member of Macleans College in Auckland for several terms and made major efforts in connecting the college with its Chinese parents and communities to increase engagement. She has been a key member of the Asian Council on Reducing Crime for 14 years, including time as Chairperson, the focus of which was to reduce street crime. Her work with the Council has mobilised people to volunteer in community services, such as organising a foot patrol group, and enhanced knowledge and crime prevention, financial literacy, and business skills. She has been a member of both the Police National Ethnic Advisory Forum and the Police Asian District Advisory Board. She is an active member of the St Marks Catholic Church in Pakuranga. Ms Chow has received several local awards, including the Howick Local Board My Place Award for migrants who have embraced the local community by way of community service and involvement.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

CLARKIN, Mr Kerry Patrick, JP

For services to agriculture and the community

Mr Kerry Clarkin was Chairman of the Newstead Young Farmers Club in 1971 and through this organisation became involved in the development of the New Zealand National Fieldays Society at Mystery Creek.

Mr Clarkin spent many hours contributing to working bees to develop the site. He became Chairman of the Exhibits Committee of the Society in 1983, a position he held until he was elected Chairman of the Agricultural Fieldays Committee in 1991, at which time he became a Board member. He assumed the position of President from 1998 to 2001. Since stepping down from the Board he has held the role of Membership Coordinator. He has been involved with 50 Fieldays events. He served 24 years on the Eureka Hall Committee, including as Chairman from 2005 to 2012. He was a member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Eureka School. He became a Parent Representative on the Board of Trustees of St John’s School in 2007 and was elected Deputy Chair in 2009. He was appointed as the Proprietors Representative on the Board in 2013. He has voluntarily managed the St John College roller hockey teams for a number of years. More recently Mr Clarkin has volunteered with the New Zealand Police in victim support and community patrol group in North Hamilton.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

DEAN, Mr Lester

For services to the Pacific community

Mr Lester Dean has been Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Trust Otago (PTO) since 2014, having served an initial term between November 2010 and June 2011.

Mr Dean has managed PTO, which serves all Pacific communities in Dunedin, during a period of financial uncertainty. He has shown innovation through restructuring to keep PTO in operation and maintaining services of the same quality and in seeking alternative commercial and business income streams. This has included a joint venture with a local business to establish container housing business Pacific Pods Limited, which also aims to provide affordable dwellings and government stations throughout the Pacific. He was General Manager of Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust (PIACT) in Invercargill from 2011 to 2014, a Pacific Health and Social Services provider and support hub, delivering free services to the local community. He helped establish an early childhood centre for Pacific children in 2001 and a homework and afterschool programme at a Pacific Island church in the 1990s. He helped establish the ‘Toa Scholarship’ programme for Year 12 and 13 Pacific students in Otago. Mr Dean instigated a project to construct two traditional vaka at PTO and teaches the Cook Islands language in Dunedin.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

DRAKE, Mr Michael Nevill

For services to education and the community

Mr Michael Drake taught as a secondary teacher at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College between 1968 and 2013 and has also contributed to the wider community.

Mr Drake initially worked as a social studies and history teacher, but also held the roles of Senior Dean and Senior Advisory Team Member. In 2000 he developed the Enhanced Learning Programme at the college, an innovative programme where students are taught to think clearly and more analytically. He has been a mentor to staff and students throughout the school. He is currently the school archivist and Chairman of the College's Board of Trustees subcommittee overseeing the Alumni Fund, which was established to provide an income stream to invest in students' education. He has been a parish organist at St Andrews Anglican Church in Taupo for 50 years. He was one of two founding members of the Taupo Coastguard, giving more than 45 years of service to the organisation. He became a Life Member of the Taupo Coastguard in 1993. Mr Drake wrote a navigation book on Lake Taupo that has become a standard reference guide for the lake.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

DUFFY, Mr Paul

For services to the community and local government

Mr Paul Duffy has been involved in a wide variety of community organisations, projects and committees in the Southland region for the past 20 years.

Mr Duffy is in his seventh term as a Councillor of the Southland District Council and served two terms as Deputy Mayor. He has been Chairperson of the South Catlins Charitable Trust since 2013, having joined the committee in 2010. He has overseen the Trust’s construction of a Heritage Centre with an Interpretation Centre at Curio Bay in the Catlins. He is Chairman of the Southland Regional Heritage committee, member of Toitois Tokanui Lions, and has been on the Wyndham Agricultural and Pastoral Society Committee for more than 20 years. He was a Board Member of the Community Trust of Southland from 1991 to 1999. He has been Chair of the Edendale Jubilee committee and currently chairs Arts Murihiku. He served two terms on the Board of Sister Cities New Zealand. He served on the Boards of Trustees of two different schools for a total of 18 years, twelve of those as Chair. Mr Duffy is a Life Member of the Southland Otago Ayrshire Club and Honorary Life Member of the New Zealand Ayrshire Association, having been a Director from 1991 until 2009, including two years as President.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

DYZEL, Dr Anna Thornton

For services to the community and health

Dr Anna Dyzel joined the Hokitika Lions Club in 2001, served a term as President, and has been Secretary since 2007.

Dr Dyzel has been involved with projects for Girl Guides, Scouts, St John, and seeding community service opportunities for the Department of Corrections. She was instrumental in initiating and running a major event for New Zealand's Children's Day, initially largely funded by herself and which has grown to an event that sees more than 2,000 people attending free of charge. She arranges fundraising events during the year to help fund this event. She has run the Hokitika Christmas Parade for 15 years and more recently led the fundraising of $20,000 for revamped town Christmas lights. She was instrumental in the establishment of a now well-used skateboard park in Hokitika. She supports Westland Industrial Heritage Park, Hokitika Heritage Inc., the Life Education Trust, and is a member of the Wild Foods Festival committee. She has been a general practitioner in Hokitika since the early 1990s. Dr Dyzel conducted research on growing a sustainable health workforce in Hokitika for doctors and nurses and developed standing orders for Rural GPs, which have been adopted by a number of District Health Boards around the country as well as the Best Practice Advocacy Centre.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

FENTON, Mrs Kathleen Mae (Kitty)

For services to the community

Mrs Kitty Fenton has served her local community in Sumner in a voluntary capacity for more than 40 years.

Mrs Fenton has held numerous voluntary positions in the Sumner community, involving herself in a wide range of fields. She has served as the Treasurer of the Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society for 43 years, as well as serving as the Wardrobe Mistress and Dressmaker at the Sumner Theatre Group for 30 years. She has also served on the Sumner School Committee and the Sumner Rugby Club Committee. As an active branch member of the Returned and Services Association, she led the installation of a memorial that commemorated the RSA members and supporters that passed away as a result of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, which also recognised the RSA clubrooms that were destroyed by the earthquake. She frequently volunteers her time and expertise to help fundraise for the Historical Society and the Returned and Services Association, services that she has been involved with for decades. Mrs Fenton has been recognised as a Life Member of the Sumner Community Centre, the Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society and the Karamea Museum.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

GARRETT, Mr Rowan Gray Edward

For services to brass bands

Mr Rowan Garrett has been a member of the Kerepehi Brass Band for more than 70 years, having been a foundation member of the band in 1946 at 10 years old.

Mr Garrett has served as the Band Master and Chairman of the Band, as well as President, Vice President and Committee Member of the Band at various points over years. He has been the Band’s librarian for many years, maintaining their catalogue of music, as well as undertaking maintenance on the Band Hall on a voluntary basis. He has played at numerous events and assisted many of his peers to learn new instruments. Throughout his years in the band, he has only missed one ANZAC Day performance, due to a hospitalisation. He has played for a variety of different brass bands across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions to fill in when additional players have been required. He has also served on the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Brass Band Association Executive Committee. For his service he was awarded the Hauraki District Citizens Award in 2004 and had previously been made a Life Member of the Kerepehi Brass Band in 1979.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

GIBBS, Mr Colin Franklin

For services to agriculture and the community

Mr Colin Gibbs was Provincial Chairman of Federated Farmers for Nelson and Tasman from 1995 to 1999 and helped set up the Top of the South Rural Support Trust.

Mr Gibbs chaired the Rural Support Trust from 2000 to 2017. Since 1965 has been a committee member, President and Secretary of the Waimea and Tapawera Dog Trial Clubs, a judge, and Life Member of both the Waimea Club and the Marlborough Nelson Dog Trial Centre. He was a Committee member of the Nelson A&P Association from the 1970s until 1994. He was President in 1979 and 1980 and is a Life Member. He was Chief Steward for the Show’s Shearing and Wool-handling section and the Nelson Marlborough Shearing and Wool-handling Committee’s national delegate for 15 years. As a Shearing and Wool-handling Judge, he was awarded Life Membership of South Island Shearing Sports. He is currently a Wakefield Community Council Trustee and was Chair from 2016 to 2018. He helped develop the Wakefield Area Civil Defence Response Plan and was involved with the response to the 2019 Pigeon Valley Fires. He is the current farming representative on the Tasman District Council’s Dry Weather Task Force. Mr Gibbs is Patron of Wakefield Target Shooting Club and a past Treasurer of St John’s Church Wakefield.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

GOODBEHERE, Mr Peter John

For services to film

Mr Peter Goodbehere was a foundation member of the Napier branch of the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies (NZFFS) in 1959 and was President from 1960 to 2002.

Mr Goodbehere was responsible for significant membership growth in the Napier branch. He has been a member of NZFFS Executive Committee in various roles since 1962 and holds the record as the longest serving member with more than 50 years of service. He was the national federation’s projectionist and film handler from the 1960s until digital mediums became the norm. His expert film handling skills and dedication to restoration of damaged films ensured more New Zealanders had the opportunity to access films that may have otherwise been disposed of or lost. He established Century Cinema in Napier in 1990, the first art-house cinema in Hawke's Bay, bringing films from outside mainstream release to the province. He was manager and projectionist until his retirement in 2010, overseeing growth from two screenings to more than 25 per week, and leading Century to become the Hawke’s Bay home for the New Zealand International Film Festival. Outside of film, Mr Goodbehere has been a member of the Napier committee of the Chamber Music Society of New Zealand since the 1980s and the Hawke’s Bay Jazz Club Committee since 2014.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

HUGHES, Mr Joseph Sydney Ronald Robert (Syd)

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community

Mr Syd Hughes was a member of the Opotiki Volunteer Fire Brigade from 1961 until retiring from the brigade due to ill health in 2015.

Mr Hughes attended a total of 2,793 callouts and 5,185 musters. He was promoted to Station Officer in 1981, Senior Station Officer in 2001, and Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2004. He remains involved with recruitment for the brigade and is an Honorary Life Member. He was involved with the Opotiki St John Ambulance Brigade from 1960 until 1987. He was a St John volunteer at sports events and ambulance callouts, later becoming a full-time ambulance officer. He volunteered as a cadet instructor for St John from the mid-1970s until 1987. He was a member of the Opotiki Pony Club from 1973 to 1988. He was involved with the Opotiki Agricultural and Pastoral Association for 30 years. Mr Hughes was a member of the Opotiki Hunt Club committee for 10 years and acted as First Responder for hunts.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

HUTTON, Ms Grace Sarina

For services to Pacific art and the community

Ms Grace Hutton is currently Chair of the Cook Islands Society (Wellington) has been an active member of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Wellington Central women’s group since 2012.

Ms Hutton has played a leading role in the annual Cook Islands Language Week committee and the Wellington Cook Island Soldiers of World War One committee. She has been involved with vainetini (Cook Islands quilting groups) across Wellington since the 1970s. She has documented the practices of leading practitioners through interviews and presented on the preservation of Pacific textiles at national workshops and symposiums. She has been involved in several community initiatives including one-day tīvaevae displays held in local halls and longer-term exhibitions such as “Taku Ipukarea” (2015) at Pātaka Art and Museum. She was part of the project team developing the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in the 1990s and has been Kaitiaki Taonga of Pacific Cultures at Te Papa since 2004. She has mentored Pacific museum interns and volunteers, helping them get established and develop their understanding of working with collections. She helped establish the Cook Islands Students Association at Victoria University of Wellington. Ms Hutton was Club Captain and Secretary for Johnsonville Rugby Club, and Secretary for both Te Upoko O Te Ika, Wellington Māori Rugby and Te Tini a Maui, Central Māori Rugby.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

KEENAN, Mrs Angela Deirdre

For services to sport, particularly netball

Mrs Angela Keenan has contributed to netball in Hokitika in a variety of roles, including as President, Secretary and Coaching Co-ordinator for Hokitika Netball Centre since 1984.

Mrs Keenan has coordinated coaching programmes for coaches, players and umpires for 20 years, attended the New Zealand netball championships as a Senior Coach and U15 Coach, and was the Centre’s Secretary for five years. She organised the netball summer fitness programme every summer for 15 years, involving fundraising for equipment and venue costs, organising sessions, liaising with schools to promote the programme, and running the sessions themselves. She has organised junior basketball for the Westland Basketball Association since 2006 and running for the Hokitika Athletic Club since 2004. She drove the development of a new sports complex at Westland High School and chaired the complex’s committee after local government funding was approved. Mrs Keenan was made a Life Member of the Old Girls Netball Club in 2010.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

LAWRENCE, Ms Arohanui Haumihiata

For services to Māori and sustainable food production

Ms Arohanui Lawrence is a key driver of the Aunty’s Garden initiative, a network of Māori and non-Māori sustainable food producers, and was instrumental in the establishment of Aunty’s Garden at Waipatu Marae in 2010.

Ms Lawrence was inspired by traditions of sharing surplus produce between marae in the establishment of a community garden at Waipatu Marae, where the public can browse the garden and pick produce for a small koha. The Aunty’s Garden initiative originated in 2009, when Kahungunu Asset Holding Company developed a business concept to create value for their people, while retaining tradition and preserving ancestral land. Aunty’s Garden encompasses the sustainable development of Māori land in conjunction with the promotion of a Māori-based brand taking Māori produce and products to market. The online network of producers has aimed to lower entry costs to facilitate individual Māori entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurial collectives, to conduct business. Aunty’s Garden was named for Ms Lawrence and the other women working tirelessly to support their whānau. Ms Lawrence has been a public face for the initiative, sharing recipes and knowledge, and promoting community food initiatives, including through the hosting of the photographic exhibition ‘We Feed the World’ in 2018 and other events at the Marae.

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LIUVAIE, Reverend Falkland Gary Fereti

For services to the Niue community

Reverend Falkland Liuvaie is currently Minister for the Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church in Wellington and Interim Moderator for Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church (PIPC) of Christ the King in Porirua.

Reverend Liuvaie was ordained a Minister by the Ekalesia Kerisiano Niue in 1996. He served in parish ministry for ten years in Niue and was also General Secretary, Deputy President and President. He started his ministry with the Kilbirnie Presbyterian Church in 2008 and became Parish Minister in 2012. During this time he worked as a voluntary Assistant Chaplain at Wellington Hospital for two years. In 2012, he helped found the Vagahau Niue Trust, which was established to promote and preserve the Niue language. He continues to be actively involved in promoting the annual Niue Language Week. He provides Niue translation for children’s books and promotional material. To mark the 50th jubilee of the Niue Ministry in Wellington, he launched his book ‘People from the Rock Celebrate’. He initiated the combined ecumenical Niue congregation services to strengthen community connections. He was former Secretary of the Niue Fono Motu, a national body established to encourage collaboration amongst Niue Presbyterian Ministers, elders, women leaders and Niue youth in New Zealand. Reverend Liuvaie is Convenor for the Wellington Region Pacific Presbyterian Ministers Association.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

LOWES, Dr Judith Roberta

For services to women and roller sports

Dr Judith Lowes has held a number of roles with Soroptimists, including time in New Zealand’s highest role as Representative for the South West Pacific to Soroptimists International.

Dr Lowes joined the Tauranga branch of Soroptimists in the 1990s and was branch Secretary and President from 2003 to 2004. She has been President and Secretary of New Zealand North sector. She has been Secretary of the Tauranga branch of the National Council of Women (NCW) since 2015 and branch delegate to national conferences. She was the NCW representative on the Tauranga City Council Suffrage 125 committee. As part of Suffrage 125 celebrations, she was involved in coordinating a range of events through Soroptimists, including art exhibitions, tree planting, community celebration days, book launches, and a guest speaker event for 800 people. She is a member of the New Zealand Federation of Roller Sports and Skate New Zealand. She has been an international calculator for Artistic Roller Skating, converting judges’ marks into skater placement. She is currently Chief Calculator for New Zealand. She is a roller sports moderator for New Zealand and Australia. Dr Lowes has been involved in training calculator operators for roller skating.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

NORTON, Mrs Elizabeth Patricia

For services to the community

Mrs Elizabeth Norton, together with her late husband, has contributed to the Hampden community through a range of organisations and activities.

Mrs Norton was an active supporter of the Hampden Hall committee for several years and an active supporter of the Hampden Moeraki Promotions Group. She assisted her husband in organising the Hampden Heritage Trail Map and associated Information Board at Hampden Hall. She was a committee member for the Hampden 130 years celebration acting as Treasurer and helping to organise a range of events. She was Secretary of Hampden Community Energy from 2007 to 2017 and was very involved in setting up the Hampden Recycle Centre Top Tip Shop, which has provided financial support to many community projects. She was Treasurer for the Hampden Market Committee, helped to set up the monthly market and ran a stall with her husband. She has been Treasurer for the Hampden Library and Secretary for Hampden Rural Women, which she helped rescue when it was in danger of closure. For six years she was a member of the team producing a monthly newsletter for the Hampden/Moeraki community. Mrs Norton and her husband organised a concert in the Hampden Presbyterian Church in 2012 to convince the Church authorities to retain the premises as a cultural centre for locals.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

PATERSON, Mr Stuart Keith

For services to the community

Mr Stuart Paterson was the Chair of Maniototo Health Services during a significant $7 million re-development project.

Mr Paterson was Secretary of the Glimmerburn Domain Board from 1981 to 2016. He is a Past President of the Maniototo Lions Club, where he has helped to organise the annual Gift Lamb competition, their largest fundraising event. He was Chair of Maniototo Health Services from 2010 until the end of 2012 and has resumed the role of Chair from 2015 until the present. He stepped up to this role at a critical time, taking on the responsibility of managing the funding and building of a new healthcare facility for the people of the Maniototo, which officially opened in 2019. This has enabled the provision of more, better quality healthcare services in an area that is classified as ‘isolated’ and makes the occurrence of illnesses and injuries less of an inconvenience for locals. Mr Paterson has been a Trustee of GG Scott Trust since 2008, which distributes funds related to health, education and sport in the local area.

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POWDRILL, Mr James George (Jim)

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Mr Jim Powdrill has been a member of the Kaikohe Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1963, rising to the rank of Senior Station Officer.

Mr Powdrill has been a brigade driver and pump operator for 50 years and has assisted in training new recruits for many years. He has had an attendance rate of 96 percent over more than 10,000 musters. He has played a major role with other senior officers in promoting positive change management through three restructures of the Brigade. He spent many years as a marshal and time keeper at Northland Fire Brigade competitions and has officiated at provincial level from Cape Reinga to Turangi. He has fitted smoke alarms in almost every household in Kaikohe and cleaned chimneys in response to a rise in call-outs to chimney fires. He has also volunteered with Kaikohe St John ambulance service as a driver. He has volunteered at Kaikohe Pioneer Village and has been involved in various community fundraising functions. He was recognised as a Life Member of the Brigade in 1988 and received a Citizens Award from the Far North District Council in 2016. Mr Powdrill is a member of the Kaikohe Community Patrol and maintains the patrol vehicle in addition to patrolling.

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The Queen’s Service Medal:

PUGH, Mr Neil Lawrence

For services to the community

Mr Neil Pugh has been a member of the Lions Club of Christchurch Ferrymead since 1987, holding a variety of positions within the Club, including three separate terms as President, most recently from 2019.

Mr Pugh has been a member of the Lions Club’s used spectacles recycling team since 1987, sorting and grading spectacles to send to Pacific islands, and has been Convenor of the team since 2012. He has accompanied ophthalmologists to Fiji to help dispense spectacles in 2015, 2016 and 2019. He was a member of the Christchurch Civil Defence Emergency Management Team from 1991 to 2017. After the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, he joined Eastenders, a group of volunteers who repaired the damaged Port Hills walking tracks. He has been a Trustee of the Youth Heritage Education Trust since 1999, an organisation that rents buildings out for community activities and donates the proceeds to charity. He has also served as its Chairman for the last nine years. Mr Pugh was property manager for Glenelg Health Camp school on a voluntary basis from 1995 to 2004, and maintenance manager for the Mary Moodie Family Trust accommodation facility for intellectually disabled adults in 2012.

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PURCELL, Mrs Hokikau Kataraina (Hoki)

For services to seniors and Māori

Mrs Hoki Purcell has been a founding Board member of Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (Rauawaawa) since its establishment in 1997.

Rauawaawa provides a range of culturally focused, appropriate and accessible health, social and community-based activities and services for seniors. Mrs Purcell led a fundraising campaign in 2019 for upgrades to the Rauawaawa facility, with the first stage of work being completed in January 2020. She played a key role in Rauawaawa joining the Te Ngira Whānau Ora Collective, recognising the importance of including seniors in the Whānau Ora space. She has helped implement kaumātua-led initiatives, such as Aroha ngā Mokopuna, a three-year intergenerational project with 10 volunteer kaumātua supporting children in low decile schools. She also initiated the He Maimai Aroha Suicide Prevention and Support resource video series to advocate for kaumātua affected by suicide. She has been a founding member of Hei Manaaki ngā Kaumātua and organiser of the annual National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference since 2007. She played a significant role in the development of Moa Crescent Village, a development of 14 purpose-built units for homeless seniors. Since 2010, Mrs Purcell has worked with University of Waikato researchers to advocate and promote the voices of seniors, presenting research findings nationally and internationally.

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PURCELL, Mr Lasalo Owen (Owen)

For services to seniors and Māori

Mr Owen Purcell has been a founding member and Chair since 2012 of Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (Rauawaawa).

Rauawaawa provides a range of culturally focused, appropriate and accessible health, social and community-based activities and services for seniors. Mr Purcell has been involved with an upgrade project for Rauawaawa’s facility since 2019. He was integral to Rauawaawa joining the Te Ngira Whānau Ora Collective, recognising the importance of including seniors in the Whānau Ora space. He played a significant role in the Moa Crescent village project, a development of 14 purpose-built units for homeless seniors. He has been involved in leading ‘Hei manaaki ngā Kaumātua’, the National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference since 2007. He has helped the University of Waikato in the implementation and dissemination of research projects, such as ‘Māori Health Literacy and Communication in Palliative Care: Kaumātua-led models’. He has been Chair, Deputy Chair, and Board member of Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust. He has been Director of Te Kōhao Health, Co-Chair of Safer Hamilton Committee, Director of Te Ngā Rau Tatangi (Māori Housing Foundation), Associate Board member of Ngāti Kahungunu Inc., and committee member of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Kiririoa. Mr Purcell was President of the New Zealand Labour Missionaries Association from 1999 to 2017.

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RANSFIELD, Mrs Isobel

For services to Māori

Mrs Isobel Ransfield has contributed as a kuia to the cultural health of Manakau and Otaki communities for a number of decades.

Mrs Ransfield has been kuia for Ngati Wehiwehi with 30 years of service for Wehi Wehi Marae at Manakau, even though she is not originally from the hapū. She has an in-depth knowledge of tikanga, tribal history and te reo. She freely gives her time to share knowledge, teach and guide younger generations. She has been a leader for many young women in the art of karanga. Mrs Ransfield continues to be called upon to represent the iwi at tangi and hui throughout the tribal rohe.

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RAWLING, Mrs Frances Joan (Fran)

For services to heritage rose preservation

Mrs Fran Rawling has been involved with Heritage Roses New Zealand Incorporated (HRNZI) since 1997.

Mrs Rawling is currently the Otago Convenor of HRNZI, lead member of the New Zealand National Heritage Rose Register Team, and has been the New Zealand representative to the World Federation of Rose Societies, Conservation and Heritage Committee since 2017. She served as National President from 2001 to 2007 and 2010 to 2013. She convened the 10th Heritage Rose International Conference for the WRFS in 2005 and the first HRNZI National Conference in 2012. She organised a seminar for heritage roses public collection curators including New Zealand's Botanic Gardens in 2019. She was the key driver of the restoration of Dunedin Northern Cemetery and the establishment of a collection of heritage roses from when the Victorian era cemetery was active. This collection has since become a national base for the preservation and conservation of heritage roses introduced into New Zealand, and she has arranged numerous open days and public tours. She has organised, supervised and worked on several beautification and conservation plantings in Otago, including ongoing maintenance of Dunedin Northern Cemetery, Dunedin Railway Station and Otago Community Hospice. Mrs Rawling initiated annual heritage rose celebrations for sharing knowledge, exchanging plants and commemorating the history of roses within New Zealand.

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ROBINS, Mr Maxwell Thomas (Max)

For services to healthcare and seniors

Mr Max Robins has given more than 30 years of service to the health sector, specifically the aged residential care industry.

Mr Robins has been Chief Executive of the CHT Healthcare Trust since 1999, a not-for-profit aged residential care provider which now operates around 1,000 rest home, hospital and dementia beds across 16 care facilities in the upper North Island. He has been Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Aged Care Association since 2006 and was formerly President of the pre-amalgamation New Zealand Private Hospitals Association. He championed the adoption of the interRAI (international resident assessment instrument) clinical programme in New Zealand and has been a member of its governance board since 2013. He is a member of the Aged Residential Care Steering Group. He made a significant contribution toward the Pay Equity settlement between 2015 and 2017, which affected 55,000 lower-paid care workers around the country. Mr Robins is a Fellow of the Institute of Leaders and Managers, an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, and a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.

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STECHMAN, Mr Kevin

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Mr Kevin Stechman has been a member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade for 46 years.

Mr Stechman is currently the Senior Station Officer at the Brigade and has also served as Secretary and Treasurer since 1999. He has represented the Brigade at the United Fire Brigades’ Association Annual Conference for the past 20 years and has worked tirelessly to improve communication and coordination between the various brigades. He has served on the West Coast Provincial Fire Brigade Association Executive, including as President in 1993. In this capacity he helped to organise and run annual competitions and exercises for the firefighters. He is the current Secretary and Treasurer of the West Coast Gold Star Association, a group that provides support to fire personnel who have served 25 years for their brigades and who have been awarded a Gold Star. Mr Stechman also played rugby for the White Star Club in the Buller Rugby Union and was involved in at all levels as player, coach and committee member for more than 20 years.

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STEWART, Reverend Alison Jean

For services to choral music

Reverend Alison Stewart has been involved with choral music in New Zealand in a range of capacities for more than 45 years.

Mrs Stewart has chaired the Wellington Branch of the Royal School of Church Music New Zealand (RSCM) since 2018 and has been a part of RSCM’s national Choir School for many years. She regularly travels with choirs and organises national talent to join her local choirs for high-profile performances. She has travelled internationally with choirs, including taking the Ambassador Choir from Palmerston North to the United States as Assistant Director, performing in multiple venues across Montana and Salt Lake City. As well as serving local church choirs as an accompanist, she has remained Musical Director of the Palmerston North Choral Society since 2003. She founded the women’s chamber choir Camerata in 1997 and remains musical director. She is the Director of Music at Huntley School and has been a Trustee of the Anglican Schools Trust Board since 2008. Mrs Stewart was also a Girl Guides Unit Leader with All Saints Guides in Palmerston North from 1998 to 2013, receiving the Arataki leadership award in 2009.

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TARU, Ms Marthalina Mii (Martha)

For services to netball and the Pacific community

Ms Martha Taru has been President of the Pacific Islands Church (PIC) Netball Club since 2009 and has overseen the Club winning Wellington Premier 1, 2 and 3 grades in 2019.

Ms Taru has been involved with the Club since 1977 and when she retired from playing competitive netball, she immediately transitioned into coaching, mentoring and administration. She was Club Treasurer from 1995. She has been involved in coaching and selection of representative teams for more than 30 years. She has coached a Cooks Islands national team and has had multiple successes as a Wellington club coach at all levels and age groups. She is involved on an annual basis with the selection of school teams and representative teams from the BEKO league, a key performance pathway for new talent identification. Through the Wellington Cook Islands Sports Association, she has contributed to the planning and implementation of events like the New Zealand Cook Islands Sports and Cultural Federation netball programme and player awards. She volunteers with Central Pulse netball team during their seasons, assisting with event management. She is a Netball Wellington Centre Life Member. Ms Taru was recognised as Netball Wellington Volunteer of the Year in 2018 and in 2019 received a Netball New Zealand Service Award.

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THOMPSON, Mr Bruce Herbert

For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community

Mr Bruce Thompson has been a member of Ohakune Volunteer Fire Brigade for 55 years, one of only two members of the Brigade to receive a 50-year gold medal for service.

Mr Thompson spent many years with the Brigade as Treasurer and Secretary and was made a Life Member in 1990. He is currently Clothing Manager for the Brigade and provides a meal following every training night. He was pivotal in his earlier days with the Brigade in fundraising for a water tanker to cover the non-reticulated community of Rangataua, a part of Ohakune Fire District. He was also instrumental in fundraising for motor vehicle extrication cutting equipment that the Brigade needed when they covered the Desert Road and Ohakune Mountain Road. He operated the Ohakune movie theatre until 2014, where he organised a number of film screenings for community and fundraising events. He has also contributed a number of years to local body government. He was Councillor for the Ohakune Borough Council from 1972 and was Deputy Mayor from 1974 until 1985. He was Councillor of Waimarino District from 1989 to 1994 and Ruapehu District Council from 2001 to 2004. Mr Thompson was a member of Waimarino Waiouru Community Board from 2004 to 2009.

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TRUESDALE, Mrs Julia Mary

For services to netball and education

Mrs Julia Truesdale has been involved with Brownies and Girl Guides for more than 40 years across Christchurch, Huntly, Hamilton and Wellington.

Mrs Truesdale has been a Brownie leader at the regional district level for a number of years and has mentored a number of less experience Brownie and Girl Guide leaders. She received the Arataki Leadership Award in 2007 for these contributions. She has been active as a parent helper and teacher-aide for special needs children at Northland School since 1995, and has been employed as Office Manager since 2000. She volunteered as a school netball coach and administrator from 1995 to 2015, which involved creating inter­school competitions for Western Zoned Wellington primary schools, umpiring and running yearly umpiring workshops for parents and Year 7 and 8 students, and writing applications for funding to provide equipment for teams. Mrs Truesdale coordinated the Fun Ferns, a developmental netball programme for Year 3 children.

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VENNING, Ms Malia Nive (Nive Venning Ahelemo)

For services to the Tokelau community and netball

Ms Nive Venning Ahelemo has been a founding member and cultural advisor of Tokelau Nurses and Health Workers Association of New Zealand since 2006.

Ms Venning Ahelemo has held a range of voluntary and paid language roles supporting the Pacific community, including the first Pacific branch of PAFT (Parents As First Teachers) and Community Health promotion for Regional Public Health. She has been Programme Manager for the Access Radio Tokelau programme in Wellington for 10 years and was instrumental in delivering the Tokelau language radio show He Tifa Ola. She has been involved with Tokelau Hutt Valley Sports and Culture Association for more than 40 years. In 2007, she was elected as the National Netball Coordinator for Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Niu Hila, the national Tokelau youth body. She was part of the group who helped establish Tokelau Netball in 2006. She was integral in the Tokelau representative netball team competing at the South Pacific Games in Samoa and was cultural advisor for the Tokelau Netball team at the Pacific Mini Games in 2019. She is Secretary for Te Umiumiga a Tokelau Hutt Valley, which provides education programmes, support services and a community facility for Tokelau families. From 2008 to 2013, Ms Venning Ahelemo was project lead for the Health and Wellbeing strand of the organisation’s five-year youth strategy.

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WEIR, Ms Theresia Selina (Therese)

For services to people with disabilities

Ms Therese Weir has had a 25-year career in the public sector, working at places such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Auckland Crown Health Enterprises.

Ms Weir helped establish an innovative policy partnership between disabled people and government services in Auckland, which gave the community a voice in government health policy and change management. After the government launched the New Zealand Disability Strategy in 2001, she was a key figure in shaping Auckland’s health and disability support system, connecting marginalised communities to the governance of the support system. Due to Ms Weir’s leadership over the past 20 years, groups who were often overlooked, especially disabled Māori and Pacific women, received the confidence to lead and to build organisations such as PIASS Trust, Vaka Tautua, Te Roopu Waiora Trust, Taikura Trust, and Ripple Trust.

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WILSON, Ms Janet Mary

For services to wildlife conservation

Ms Janet Wilson has been involved with conservation, recreation and Search and Rescue in and around the Ruahine Forest Park.

Ms Wilson first became involved in local conservation as a volunteer with the Department of Conservation in 2010, taking on the role of volunteer coordinator for the Oroua Blue Duck Protection Project in 2011. She has driven community-led whio (blue duck) recovery work in the Oroua and Pohangina Rivers in the southern Ruahine ranges, securing funding to extend the trapping network and leading a network of community volunteers. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust, established in late 2014, which provides a body for securing funding and raising community awareness of whio. She has chaired the Trust since establishment. She is the Convenor of the Ruahine Whio Protectors Collective. The work of the collective has seen the Ruahine whio population grow to become a secure population of national significance, now included in the National Whio Recovery Plan. Ms Wilson has supported Palmerston North Search and Rescue operations and has served in a number of roles on the committee of Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club for 20 years.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 31 December 2020

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