Dame Ann Ballin has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of New Zealanders. She was chairperson of the Victims’ Task Force from 1988 to 1993 and pioneered changes in the criminal justice system to ensure greater justice for victims of crime. From 1987 to 1995, she was Chairperson of the New Zealand Council for Recreation and was a member of the Hillary Commission on Recreation and Sport from 1987 to 1990. During 1987 to 1988, she was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy and during 1980 to 1982 Chairperson of the National Committee of the International Year of Disabled Persons.
Citation prepared 2002