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Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 - Citations for Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

AMPUTCH, Mr Arthur Robert Ashan

For services to engineering

Mr Arthur Amputch, a Technical Director of Riley Consultants Ltd and a former Director of Tonkin and Taylor Ltd, has been involved in the design and construction of significant infrastructure throughout New Zealand, such as Auckland’s Northern Motorway – SH1 Northern Corridor Extension and Waterview Connection, and Canterbury’s Kate Valley Landfill.

Mr Amputch has contributed to major award-winning solid waste and environmental protection projects. He was the first engineer to win a Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award, and a New Zealand Planning Institute Project Award, and has received many other engineering, planning and environmental awards. In 2010, he was one of the youngest elected Fellows of Engineering New Zealand, recognising his contribution for developing best practice design and management guidelines for New Zealand. He has implemented an international standard mentoring programme for supporting and developing other engineers. He has served as a Committee Member and Vice Chair of the Engineering New Zealand Auckland Branch. He was appointed as Proprietor’s Representative to the Christ the King Catholic School Board of Trustees in 2014. During the SH20 Motorway extension project that impacted school property and health and safety, Mr Amputch used his engineering skills to support the Board and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and his involvement contributed to successful stakeholder partnerships throughout the project.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

ANDERSON, Ms Beryl Jean

For services to women

Ms Beryl Anderson has held a range of leadership roles throughout her years of involvement with the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ), including a term as National President from 2002 to 2004.

Within NCWNZ Ms Anderson has been convenor of the Parliamentary Watch Committee and the Public Issues Standing Committee for a number of years, contributed to the writing and presentation of the 2007, 2012 and 2016 NGO reports to the UN CEDAW Monitoring Committee in New York and Geneva, and has led New Zealand delegations to international conferences. In 2018, during the 125th anniversary year of women’s suffrage, she led, consulted on and contributed to the development of more than 45 policy submissions and the recruitment and training of new convenors. She was National Secretary from 1998 to 2002 and has held leadership roles with the local Hutt Valley and Rotorua branches. She has been Secretary, Treasurer and a National Board member of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand. Ms Anderson chaired the Rotorua Social Services Council Health Committee from 1995 to 1997 and the Community Health Committee of the Bay of Plenty Area Health Board from 1990 to 1993.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

ASHBRIDGE, Mrs Dorothea

For services to ballet

Mrs Dorothea Ashbridge is internationally renowned as a choreographer, director, ballet mistress and coach.

Mrs Ashbridge was a dancer with the Royal Ballet in London for 20 years before immigrating to New Zealand in 1966, at which point she began choreographing dance routines for TVNZ programmes until 1970 before joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet and helping stage a number of productions. She was a founding member of Limbs Dance Company and was its ballet mistress from 1979 to 1989. She has been a ballet tutor for the Auckland Performing Arts School and has been a jury member for several World Ballet Competitions internationally in France, China and Japan. A number of her students have achieved international success, such as Mark Baldwin and Douglas Wright, and many of her privately tutored students have been selected for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She was a coach of classical ballet at UNITEC from 1991 to 2001. In 2007 Mrs Ashbridge performed a duet as part of the Auckland Tempo Dance Festival at the age of 79, later being recognised for her contribution to dance at the Tempo Dance Festival in 2011.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

CLEARWATER, Mr Kenneth Charles (Ken)

For services to male survivors of sexual abuse

Mr Ken Clearwater has managed the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust in Christchurch for 20 years.

In 1998 Mr Clearwater began advocating to the government and ACC for recognition of male survivors of sexual abuse to be eligible for support, initiating the conversation that later resulted in changes to legislation. He began working with men in prisons who were victims of abuse in 1999 and the programme he established continues to be used in prisons around the country. He has shared the peer support model being used in New Zealand at international conferences and has lifted the profile of New Zealand as a leader in supporting male survivors. He was the Male Survivor Representative on the Government Taskforce on Action Against Sexual Violence and the Sensitive Claims Advisory Group to ACC. He has been a member of the steering group for Te Ohaaki a Hine National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together. He is a national advocate for Male Survivors Aotearoa, which he helped establish in 2013. He helped establish the South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys (SSI) in 2013, which is now a recognised international movement to better represent male survivors in countries around the world. Mr Clearwater arranged for the 2017 SSI conference to be held in Christchurch.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

CONNELL, Mr Jeffrey Edward

For services to conservation

Mr Jeffrey Connell was Conservator for the Department of Conservation in Whanganui from 1987 to 1989 and Otago from 1989 until 2009.

Mr Connell played a pivotal role in the Ngai Tahu Treaty settlement process concerning the Greenstone, Elfin Bay and Routeburn high country stations. He prepared a complex proposal meeting all conservation and public access needs, while providing for Ngai Tahu to keep their mana and commercial opportunities intact, which led to the successful conclusion of negotiations. During his time as Otago Conservator three new conservation parks were opened, namely Te Papanui in 2003, Hawea Conservation Park in 2009, and Oteake Conservation Park in 2010. He was instrumental in negotiating for public access to the Motatapu Station, which then provided foundation for the Motatapu Track, a vital part of the Te Araroa trail. He provided leadership to initiatives to improve the populations of the Otago and Grand skink from critical to endangered status. He worked with Ngai Tahu to introduce Buff Weka, a tribal taonga and symbol of mahinga kai, to the New Zealand mainland from the Chatham Islands. He secured and delivered the Otago Central Rail Trail, which sees thousands of users annually. Mr Connell has been a strong advocate for marine reserves and the protection of Central Otago’s natural landscape.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

COX, Dr Candy Louise Ramarihi Hera

For services to health, particularly suicide prevention

Dr Candy Cox has made a significant contribution to nursing, research, and education in New Zealand, particularly in the area of suicide prevention.

Dr Cox has a wide range of professional experience in Australia and New Zealand, including as a senior nursing lecturer and as Head of the School of Health, Nursing and Education at Waiariki Institute of Technology. She was the first Māori nurse to gain a doctorate in education. She was instrumental in introducing ‘cultural safety’ into the New Zealand nursing curriculum and helped to write the Cultural Safety Guidelines for the Nursing Council of New Zealand. She has designed, developed and delivered a National Diploma in Applied Māori Health Co-existing Disorders and a National Certificate in Suicide Intervention. Research has been a strong focus of her career, particularly research on suicide prevention and the cultural aspects of suicide within communities. She developed a kaupapa Māori model in understanding suicide, based on Te Arawa whakapapa. She co-developed a Māori suicide research project for whānau affected by suicide. Dr Cox is the Child and Youth Mortality Review Coordinator for the Lakes District Health Board and is a Trustee of Arohanui Art and Education Trust.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

GAPES, Mr David John

For services to broadcasting

Mr David Gapes was the face of pioneering private radio, as well as local pop and rock music, from the late 1960s and through the 1970s.

With a background in journalism Mr Gapes became an expert in all forms of radio communication. He played a key role as one of four founders of Radio Hauraki as a sea-based private enterprise radio station in 1966, which in the face of governmental and departmental opposition won sufficient public support to break the State broadcasting monopoly. He publically headed Radio Hauraki’s fight against Government Policy in Broadcasting and, when in 1969/1970 Radio Hauraki was afforded the chance to apply for a radio licence, steered the company through the application process. He became Chairman and CEO of Radio Hauraki NZ Ltd. when the public company was formed in 1969 and guided the new land-based station through its early years from 1970. As private radio developed in the 1970s he was an unpaid advisor to many new applicants around New Zealand, including overseeing the rescue of a fledgling Whakatane Radio station in 1972 that was struggling in its local market. In more recent years Mr Gapes has managed the rock group Hello Sailor, been editor of Admedia and Onfilm magazines, and founder and editor of the daily online newsletter M+AD.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

KELLY, Major General Peter Te Aroha Emile, MNZM (Rtd.)

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Major General Kelly retired from the New Zealand Defence Force in November 2018, having completed a three-year term as Chief of Army.

In this role he has led the successful introduction into service of a number of significant new capabilities and major change programs to underpin the development of the Army to meet future challenges. These included the Network Enabled Army Program, the In-Service Weapon Replacement Program, the Soldier Modernisation Program that developed new equipment used by soldiers in various operational and environmental conditions, and the Protected Mobility Capability Program to provide a future fleet of modern protected combat vehicles. From 1994 to 2006 he served on operations including the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in Israel, Lebanon and Syria in 1994; as detachment commander of the NZSAS Group Force Element in Kuwait in support of the United States Coalition Operation Desert Thunder in 1998; with the International Force East Timor in 1999; as Senior National Officer on Operation Concord in Afghanistan from July to October 2002 and on Operation Concord III from August to November 2005. He was Military Attaché in Washington DC from June 2006 to July 2009. Major General Kelly held previous appointments as Director Special Operations Directorate, Land Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, and Deputy Chief of Army.

HONOURS

Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2001

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

KING, Mr Michael (Mike)

For services to mental health awareness and suicide prevention

Mr Mike King has had a career as an entertainer for 30 years and has spent the past 10 years using his celebrity to reframe the conversation around mental health addiction and suicide prevention.

Mr King co-created The Nutters Club and the Key to Life Charitable Trust to connect with people of all ages across different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. He has travelled New Zealand speaking to schools about mental health as a Key to Life ambassador since 2012. He uses his personal story to deliver important messages around mental health and uses humour to connect with students. He has delivered presentations with the Bay of Plenty Coroner titled ‘A Coroner and a King’. At every school presentation he gives out his personal phone number and email contact so that students can contact him directly if they have issues they want to discuss. Suicide figures in the Bay of Plenty area over the past two years have significantly decreased in part due to his presentations to high schools in the area. He connects with an older demographic through The Nutters Club. Mr King has made 75 episodes of The Nutters Club television show, hosted hundreds of nationally broadcast Nutters Club radio shows, and wrote the bestselling book ‘The Nutters Club: Helping Nutters from the Inside Out’.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

KWOK, Mr Ivan

For services to the State

Mr Ivan Kwok worked for The Treasury from 1975 until 2016 and provided service to successive governments and Ministers of Finance.

Mr Kwok is a former Treasury Solicitor and was Principal Advisor from 2005 until June 2016. During his career he has made a substantial contribution to most of the major economic issues facing New Zealand and the Crown, which have included superannuation schemes, commercial loans, debt-raising, institutional structure, sale and financing of Crown agencies, and the rescue package for Air New Zealand. He is respected by Māori having built trust and confidence with iwi and been a key individual in some of the most complex issues involving the Treaty of Waitangi Settlement process, most notably for his role in the ground-breaking Central North Island forestry settlement in 2007/2008. Mr Kwok has been involved with commercial law reform and has contributed to the Law Commission and the Regulatory Advisory Committee.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

MCGHEE, Professor Charles Ninian

For services to ophthalmology

Professor Charles McGhee has contributed to ophthalmology internationally for more than 30 years.

Professor McGhee was appointed as the Foundation Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland in 1999 and has grown the small department into the internationally recognised New Zealand National Eye Centre. The centre attracts substantial research grants and philanthropic funding and has trained more than 100 New Zealand and international clinical and research fellows. He was the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology at Auckland District Heath Board for seven years and headed the Auckland Cataract Study that involved significant out-of-hours surgery by a team that significantly reduced existing waiting lists from up to three years to four months. As a skilful cornea and cataract surgeon he is referred many complex clinical cases from throughout New Zealand. Internationally he has been consistently recognised by the United Kingdom Ophthalmologist magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in eye care in the world. Professor McGhee has been Chair of the scientific committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, President of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, President of the British Society for Refractive Surgery, and a Chair of the prestigious 70-member International Society of Academic Ophthalmology.

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MCLAUCHLAN, Mr Gordon William

For services to historical research

Mr Gordon McLauchlan has had a varied career as a journalist, writer, television reporter, presenter, historian, commentator and editor who has been well known for his social commentary and literature on New Zealand history.

Mr McLauchlan has been a freelance journalist and writer since 1973. He was the editor-in-chief of the first edition of the New Zealand Encyclopaedia in 1984 with Bateman Publishers, working on three subsequent editions. He has widely published social commentary publications on New Zealand culture and history. Some of his more widely known works include ‘The Passionless People’ published in 1976, and the ‘Short History of New Zealand’ reprinted seven times since its first publication by Penguin in 2005, with a new edition planned for 2019. Thousands of copies of the ‘Short History of New Zealand’ have been sold. Other publications have covered the histories of ports, steam ship companies, beer, farming, the Land Wars, and a history of Auckland titled “The Life and Times of Auckland”. Mr McLauchlan is a former President and President of Honour of the New Zealand Society of Authors and has been member of various writing Fellowship and residency organisations, where he has mentored and supported other writers.

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MCLINTOCK, Dr Marie Claire (Claire)

For services to haematology and obstetrics

Dr Claire McLintock is a haematologist and obstetric physician at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital and was Clinical Director for Regional Maternity Services from 2014 to 2018.

Dr McLintock has focused on caring for women with disorders of thrombosis and haemostasis, and medical disorders in pregnancy including preeclampsia, postpartum haemorrhage, and heart disease. She is President of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). She is a member of the ISTH World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee and was co-chair of the ISTH Scientific Subcommittee on Women’s Health Issues. She is Past-President of the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand and of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. She is on the Council of the Asia Pacific Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. She was a member of the Maternal Mortality Working Group of the New Zealand Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee from 2006 to 2016, and Chair from 2006 to 2009. She is an honorary Senior Lecturer for the Department of Molecular Medicine in the University of Auckland. She has lectured in more than 60 medical conferences nationally and internationally since 1999. Dr McLintock is a member of several expert international panels and advisory boards in women’s health and thrombosis and haemostasis.

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MORRIS, Mr Rodney Bruce (Rod)

For services to documentary filmmaking, natural history and conservation

Mr Rod Morris is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and naturalist who has been involved with conservation since the 1970s.

From 1980 to 2003 Mr Morris was involved with Wild Track, a children’s natural history television series produced by TVNZ’s Natural History Unit, which later became Natural History New Zealand. He went on to direct more than 15 wildlife documentaries, initially under the Wild South banner for TVNZ, and later for international broadcasters such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic. His films have won awards at national and international film festivals such as the New York Festivals and Wildscreen. Since 2003 he has been a freelance photographer specialising in New Zealand flora and fauna. He has written on natural history and conservation since the 1970s, initially for the School Journal, and later writing and photographing for New Zealand Geographic and Forest and Bird. He has produced more than 40 natural history books, many of them aimed at children, as well as numerous field guides. In 2011/2012 he campaigned to stop mining on the Denniston Plateau, using his photography to record and raise awareness of the wildlife in the area. More recently Mr Morris has collaborated on an initiative to teach refugees settling in Dunedin about New Zealand’s nature and outdoors.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

PAUL, Mr Cletus Maanu (Maanu), JP

For services to Māori

Mr Maanu Paul is a prominent member of the Māori community and has contributed to the advancement of Māori interests throughout New Zealand.

Mr Paul was a negotiator for the New Zealand Māori Council in the Māori fisheries claim which led to the 1992 Deed of Settlement known as the 1992 Sealord Deal. In that capacity he worked tirelessly on behalf of the New Zealand Māori Council, the National Māori Congress and others. He was a long serving member of the New Zealand Māori Council, and provided strong support for the Wai 262 claim concerning the recognition and protection of the cultural and intellectual rights of Māori relating to indigenous flora and fauna and to the matauranga associated with those species. He is a community leader who has advocated passionately for the interests of his iwi, hapu, whanau and te ao Māori in general. Mr Paul played a lead role in the establishment of the Mātaatua Rangatahi Court at Wairaka Marae in Whakatane, and continues to volunteer his time to the court, providing wisdom and guidance on matters relating to tikanaga and whakapapa.

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ROKE, Dr Christine Mary

For services to sexual and reproductive health

Dr Christine Roke has worked for and held positions of leadership with Family Planning for more than 40 years and has contributed her services to addressing sexual and reproductive health issues.

For 17 years Dr Roke was the organisation’s National Medical Advisor and was responsible for leading the clinical workforce and interacting with the media. She has taught at the organisation’s partner projects in the Pacific. In 1992 she was the visiting consultant for the International Planned Parenthood Federation to Western Samoa and Tonga and in 2008 she was the medical specialist for a Family Planning project in Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tonga. In addition to publishing several papers on contraception, she has spoken at conferences and workshops both in New Zealand and overseas. Since 2004, she has been Chair of the New Zealand Sexual and Reproductive Health Educational Charitable Trust. In this role Dr Roke has overseen the Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Health, an important qualification for doctors wanting to work in this field.

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SADLER, Dr Lynn Christine

For services to maternal and perinatal health

Dr Lynn Sadler is a leading perinatal epidemiologist in New Zealand and has contributed to the improvement of maternal and perinatal health.

Dr Sadler has led epidemiology and quality improvement projects at Auckland District Health Board and the University of Auckland for more than 20 years. She has directed the collection and reporting of the deaths of babies who died from 20 weeks gestation until four weeks after delivery for the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC). She was instrumental in data analysis and interpretation to identify where improvements in health and maternity care could be made, and has presented at every PMMRC national conference since 2008. The Committee’s twelfth report was published in June 2018 and she has produced individual reports for each DHB that allow the DHBs to assess their performance against the national data. She is also involved in teaching quality improvement at the University of Auckland by assisting the final year medical students in preparing an audit of one maternity clinical topic from the DHB that they are working in. Dr Sadler provides support to PhD students and junior researchers, and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals.

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THOMPSON, Mr Donald Hewitt

For services to people with intellectual disabilities

Mr Donald Thompson has spent more than 35 years advocating to improve the lives of New Zealanders with Intellectual disabilities.

Mr Thompson is one of 13 IHC Life Members, and served at every voluntary level of the organisation. He was North Otago Branch President for twelve years, National President from 2005 to 2015. He led a governance review of the organisation, which included streamlining the IHC Board, after which he transitioned into the role of Board Chair from 2015 to 2017. He has been a director of IHC subsidiaries, IDEA Services and Accessible properties, and a trustee of the Donald Beasley Institute. He has made numerous submissions to Parliament on behalf of IHC members, and in 2008 committed to taking legal action against the Ministry of Education over its failure to ensure inclusive education for all children. Mr Thompson has attended numerous international conferences promoting New Zealand’s rights record and achievements for people with intellectual disabilities.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

TRUBRIDGE, Mr David Geoffrey

For services to design

Mr David Trubridge is an award-winning designer of furniture, lighting and sculpture who has helped raise awareness of New Zealand design internationally.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr Trubridge earned a reputation as a furniture maker and undertook several special commissions before settling in New Zealand. He was a Board member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand from 2007 to 2011. In 2002 he initiated the establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Design Trust and set up the Cicada Studio’s Design Incubator in Hastings to foster and promote New Zealand’s emerging designers. He has also been on the advisory panel of Auckland University of Technology and also had advisory roles for the Eastern Institute of Technology’s design course. David Trubridge Ltd. sponsors the Maraetōtara Tree Trust, formed to re-establish trees on 43 kilometres of river bank in Hawke’s Bay. In 2017 the business pledged to donate one dollar for every lighting product sold. In 2018 he created and donated a sculptural work which raised $12,000 for the Cranford Hospice. Mr Trubridge has exhibited at many international exhibitions, and also initiated local projects, including a Junk to Funk Workshop in March 2013 and 2014, a community fair that assists participants in recycling broken furniture into new pieces.

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TUA, Mr Mafaufau Sita (Faumuina To’aletai David Mafaufau Tua), MNZM

For services to youth, boxing and the community

Faumuina To’aletai David Mafaufau Tua was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 for his services to boxing.

Mr Tua resumed boxing in 2005 and fought occasional bouts until 2013, concluding his boxing career with 59 professional fights comprising 52 wins, five losses and two draws. He shifted his focus to mentoring, training and supporting young people, families and communities. He was an ambassador for Turn Your Life Around youth development programme between 2000 and 2012. He runs David Tua Health and Fitness Ltd, which he established in 2014. In 2017 he partnered with the Skills Update Training Institute to deliver programmes for youth not in education, employment or training. He initiated the David Tua Leaders Programme in 2014, which involves a boxing session and opportunities for youth to share their stories in a safe environment. His gym was involved with Mercury Energy’s Christmas boxes initiative in 2013 for families who could not afford Christmas presents. He has been a guest speaker at numerous events addressing issues such as family and violence, suicide, depression, and homelessness. He was an ambassador for the Salvation Army’s Homelessness Crusade in 2015 and 2016. Mr Tua has been a member of the Homai Primary Board of Trustees and the Healthy Families Board of Trustees since 2017.

HONOURS

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2001

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Monday, 3 June 2019

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