Lady Blundell, born 1922, is the widow of Sir Denis Blundell (the Governor-General of New Zealand from 1972 to 1977). Over the years, she has made a contribution to New Zealand society through a wide range of community and welfare work.
She has been active within The Order of St John for many years. She was Vice-Patron and later Patron of the St John Northern Region Branch and has had a devoted interest in St John Youth. She was admitted as a Commander of the Order of St John in 1972 and was later made a Dame of Grace of the Order in 1988.
She has been involved in the Cancer Foundation of New Zealand for many years. She was the founding Patron of the Child Cancer Foundation in the late 1970s and contributed to the instigation of CanTeen, a special sub-group of the Foundation, in 1988.
Lady Blundell has also been involved with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand, and the Asthma Society of New Zealand.
Citation prepared 1988