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Queen's Birthday Honours 2021 - Citations for Dames Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

BURNS, Professor Carolyn Waugh, CBE

For services to ecological research

Dr Carolyn Burns is recognised as a leading international authority on the ecology of lakes.

Dr Burns’ pioneering research on the ecology of zooplankton has underpinned much of the modern theory of lake biomanipulation, whereby lake food webs are managed to maintain water quality and lake health. For her research, she was awarded the International Limnological Society’s Naumann-Thienemann Medal in 2007, and more recently the Marsden Medal and the Thomson Medal from the New Zealand Association of Scientists and Royal Society of New Zealand respectively. She was the first female President of the International Limnological Society from 1995 to 2001 and Head of Department of Zoology at the University of Otago from 1998 to 2005. She was a member of the Marsden Fund Council and convened the Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour panel. She was Chair of Nature Conservation Council and member of the National Parks and Reserves Authority until 1990. She was a regional councillor of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) from 1984 to 1990 and chaired New Zealand committee of IUCN members from 1986 to 1990. She was member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and the Board of Antarctica New Zealand. Dr Burns was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1993 and was subsequently the first woman to chair the Society’s Academy Council.

HONOURS

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Queen’s Birthday 1984

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To be a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

KILPATRICK, Ms Judith Anne (Judy), CNZM

For services to nursing education

Ms Judy Kilpatrick recently retired after 47 years’ of contributing to the development of nursing education and practice within New Zealand.

Ms Kilpatrick co-founded the University of Auckland School of Nursing in 1999 and was Head of School from 2002 to 2017, leading the department to be recognised as 32nd within the top 50 nursing schools globally in 2018. The School became the largest provider of postgraduate nursing courses in New Zealand, provided the national programme for Māori nurses in disease state management, and led the national rural health postgraduate nursing programme. She chaired the Nursing Council of New Zealand from 1996 to 2002. Under her leadership the Council began the development of the regulatory framework and negotiated the changes to legislation which enabled Nurse Practitioners to practise in New Zealand. She was key to the development of the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme that was piloted at the University of Auckland and Massey University in 2016. Recently she has led a delegation to Tonga to help develop a graduate education package to deliver training to nurses. She has been a Board member of the Cancer Society Auckland Division and the Rural Health Institute. Internationally Ms Kilpatrick has held leadership roles with the Boards of Universitas 21, the Australasian Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, and the International Association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

HONOURS

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 1998

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To be a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

MOHI, Mrs Hinewehi, MNZM

For services to Māori, music and television

Mrs Hinewehi Mohi (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe) has contributed to music, television production, charity work and advocacy for te reo and tikanga Māori.

Mrs Mohi sang the New Zealand national anthem in Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Twickenham. It was the first time this had been done at an international rugby match, leading into the now customary practice to sing the anthem both in Te Reo Māori and English at events of national significance. She co-founded the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (RMTC) in 2004, for people with disabilities. RMTC now have more than 500 people receiving music therapy each week in its three centres in Auckland, Whangārei and Hawke’s Bay. As a prolific television producer, she has created television and digital content for mainstream and Māori programming, celebrating te ao Māori. Her shows have received or been nominated for several television awards. In 2019, she produced the ‘Waiata/Anthems’ album, supporting well-known musicians to re-record their hit songs in Te Reo Māori. It debuted at number one on the New Zealand top 40 chart and achieved gold record sales. Mrs Mohi continues to support the growth of Māori music in her role at the Australasian Performing Right Association, (ARPA) promoting waiata reo Māori and the development of a bilingual music industry in Aotearoa.

HONOURS

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2008

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To be a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

MORRISON, Ms Ruia Mereana, MBE

For services to tennis

Ms Ruia Morrison was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 when she was highly ranked in women’s tennis, having been the first Māori from New Zealand to compete at Wimbledon in 1957, again competing in 1958, 1959 and 1960.

Ms Morrison has been a trailblazer in tennis for Māori and women, encouraging athletes to break barriers and achieve their goals. She volunteered her time as a coach and mentor to the tennis community and was involved with Aotearoa Māori Tennis Championships for many years. She was the New Zealand Open singles champion in 1960, the doubles champion in 1961 and singles and doubles champion in 1962 and 1964. She was Captain and player for the 1965 New Zealand Federation Cup Team against Argentina and Australia. In 1972 she was Captain against Columbia, Finland and the Netherlands. She was Aotearoa Māori singles, doubles and mixed doubles champion in 1965 and 1970. She was awarded Life Membership of Aotearoa Māori Tennis Association in 2001 and Tennis New Zealand in 2014. She was inducted into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Te Arawa Hall of Fame in 2014. Ms Morrison returned to Wimbledon in 2013 where the All England Club awarded her membership to the Last Eight Club.

HONOURS

Member of the Order of the British Empire, New Year 1960

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Last updated: 
Monday, 7 June 2021

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