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New Zealand Honour recipient

Sir Ronald Powell Carter, ONZ, KNZM (1998)

Appointment date:
Monday, 2 Jun 2014

Sir Ron Carter has contributed to New Zealand in the areas of regional and national infrastructure planning, governance, business and education.

Sir Ron was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998 for services to engineering and business administration. He has since served on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch earthquakes.

He chaired the Committee for Auckland which laid the groundwork for the creation of the amalgamated Auckland Council. He created a consortium for iwi and businesses in Auckland to help position iwi as significant investors. He has led initiatives to provide internship opportunities for iwi graduates amongst large Auckland firms. Many of these firms have now established Māori business development functions.

He instigated the Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Awards and is Chair of the Committee and Selection Panel. He was an independent representative to the Board of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was appointed in 2009 to the New Zealand Infrastructure Advisory Board and is currently a Director of Rural Equities.

In 1999 he chaired the Government’s review team on the management of New Zealand’s borders. He served as the founding Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority from 1992 until 1998. He has previously held directorships of prominent New Zealand companies and organisations.

Sir Ron was Executive Chairman of the Beca engineering consultancies, overseeing major infrastructure and industrial projects in New Zealand as well as setting up Beca’s operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia.

Honours and awards

Fairfax Business Hall of Fame

University of Auckland Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, 2001

Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 1998

Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, 1997

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