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New Year Honours 2015 - Citations for Companions of the Queen's Service Order

To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

DANCE, Mr Adrian Peter

For services to Land Search and Rescue

Mr Adrian Dance has been involved with Search and Rescue (SAR) in New Zealand since 1988.

Mr Dance was the National Training Officer and Assessor for New Zealand Alpine Search Dogs. He was a foundation member of the Central Otago SAR Group in 1989 and has held every position in the organisation since that time. He is due to retire as Chairperson in May 2014 having served three consecutive terms. He served as a Mountain Safety Council Instructor before becoming a Police Search and Rescue Advisor in 1994. Following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 he mobilised the Central Otago SAR Group to assist. He served as a member of the overall Incident Management Team for New Zealand SAR during the earthquake response. He has been a driving force behind a group of SAR and electronics enthusiasts who have developed a compact and light-weight tracking system, SARTrack. The system is now in operational use in the Southern Search Region. He has served on the Southern Land SAR Regional Committee and is the current Chairperson. Mr Dance was also a member of the National Committee of New Zealand Land SAR and is now a member of the National Search Management Support Group.

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To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

FORD, Judge Anthony David

For services to Tonga and the judiciary

Judge Anthony Ford has served as a Judge of the Employment Court in New Zealand since 2010.

Judge Ford was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Tonga in 2000. In 2006 he was promoted to Chief Justice and President of the Court of Appeal of Tonga, where he served until 2010. He was presented with the World Bank's Reformer of the Year Award in 2008 on behalf of the Tongan judiciary for his work on reforming the Tongan judicial system. He presided over the 250 criminal prosecutions arising out of the Nuku'alofa riots in November 2006. He also served as a member of the Fiji Court of Appeal from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he convened the 17th Biennial Pacific Judicial Conference in Tonga. He is a Life Member of the Sporting Clubs Association of New Zealand and was recently appointed Patron. Judge Ford has formerly been a Trustee of the Halberg Trust and the New Zealand Licensing Trusts Association.

HONOURS
Grand Cross of the Order of Queen Salote for services to the Tongan judiciary, 2008

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To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

HAYES, Mr Brian Edward

For services to the land tenure system

Mr Brian Hayes has contributed to New Zealand's land tenure system for more than 45 years.

Mr Hayes spent his professional lifetime administering and managing New Zealand's land tenure system on behalf of the Crown and is widely acknowledged as an expert on the legal framework governing New Zealand's land ownership and property rights. A District Registrar of Land first in Invercargill and then Dunedin from 1967 to 1980, he served as Registrar-General of Land from 1980 to 1996. Following his retirement in 1996 he provided professional advice to Ministers and Crown agencies on the land transfer system and land law, and has conducted significant legal and technical research and professional advice to Ministers and Crown agencies concerning public access law and the legal status of roads and water margin issues. He is author of numerous research reports and papers on the New Zealand land tenure and registration system and contributed significantly to the modernisation of the land title registration system. Mr Hayes was a founding author for 'Butterworths Conveyancing Bulletin' and has compiled and written detailed research studies on the law concerning unformed legal roads and rivers published in the book 'The Law on Public Access'. 

HONOURS
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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KENDALL, Judge Bernard John

For services to the judiciary

Judge Bernard Kendall was appointed to the Auckland District and Family Courts in 1982 and retired in 2005, before being granted an acting warrant and serving in this capacity until 2011.

Judge Kendall has been Chairperson of the Representation Commission on an unprecedented four separate occasions between 1997 and 2014, overseeing four reviews of parliamentary electoral boundaries. From 1987 to 1991 he held the role of Administrative Judge for the Family Courts in the Northern Region. In 1991 he was appointed Executive Judge for the Northern region, continuing in this role until 1994. He has been a member of the Quality Review Board for the Technology Project for the Department of Justice. He was a member of the Review Committee of the List Courts and Quality Assurance Group, which reviewed the extension of Registrar's powers in District Courts. He was the District/Family Courts' representative on the National Caseflow Management Committee from 1993 to 1997. He was appointed as a New Zealand Parole Board convenor in 2003. Judge Kendall is currently Deputy Chair of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, Legal Services Review Authority, and is a volunteer advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

ROBERTSON, Mr Harold Valentine Ross (H.V. Ross)

For services as a Member of Parliament

Mr H.V. Ross Robertson began his parliamentary career as the representative for Papatoetoe in 1987 and has represented Manukau East since the abolishment of the Papatoetoe seat in 1996.

Mr Robertson retired as a Member of Parliament in September 2014. He served his last two terms in Parliament as Assistant Speaker of the House, and most recently was Deputy Chair of the Officers of Parliament Select Committee. He has been the Labour Party Spokesperson for Racing, Disarmament and Arms Control, and Senior Citizens. He has been involved with Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) for a number of years, an international network of parliamentarians whose aims include the promotion of peace, democracy and the rule of law. He was elected as President of PGA in 2011 and has worked towards the goal of an international Arms Trade Treaty to ensure the responsible control, trade and export of conventional weapons, and through PGA has promoted a Control Arms Parliamentary Declaration to support the Treaty. Mr Robertson has been a strong supporter of children's involvement in sport and has been a Patron of numerous local sporting clubs across a range of disciplines such as rugby, bowling and softball, as well as service clubs and brass bands in his electorate.

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To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

ROY, Mr Eric Wilbur, JP

For services as a Member of Parliament

Mr Eric Roy was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Awarua in 1993 and retired as a Member of Parliament in 2014.

Mr Roy served two terms as a National List MP before becoming the elected Member for the Invercargill electorate in 2005. During his parliamentary career he held the roles of Deputy Speaker, Assistant Speaker, Select Committee Chair, and Junior Whip. He has been the National Party Spokesperson for Conservation and Associate Spokesperson for Sport and Recreation. He has been involved in a range of community activities, including as a Trustee of the Life Education Trust, as a rugby coach and manager, and supporter of Meals on Wheels, Cancer Support, Rotary, and disabled children. He has been a Justice of the Peace, Marriage and Funeral Celebrant, and has had a variety of representative roles in agripolitics, including the Meat and Wool Board's electoral committee, Federated Farmers and Young Farmers. He is currently Patron of New Zealand Young Farmers. Mr Roy has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

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To be a Companion of the Queen's Service Order:

YOUNG, Dr Warren Arthur

For services to the law

Dr Warren Young has contributed to justice services, particularly law reform, for more than 35 years.

Dr Young was Director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. During this appointment he developed the discipline of criminology in New Zealand and undertook numerous projects resulting in significant policy reform including the Rape Reform Act 1985, review of the Children and Young Persons Act 1974 and the development and evaluation of New Zealand's first community policing project. As Deputy Secretary for Justice, he oversaw criminal justice policy development, including legislation on sentencing and parole victims' rights, second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers, criminal procedure and two crimes amendment acts. As Deputy President for the New Zealand Law Commission for six years he instigated and led a major restructuring of the Commission and led law reform projects in a range of areas. He is currently Group Manager (Operations) of the Independent Police Conduct Authority. Dr Young has served on numerous committees, boards and trusts, including the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation, the Legislation Advisory Committee, the Police Education Advisory Council and the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of Criminology.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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