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New Year Honours 2015 - Citations for Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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

Ellen Adrienne, Lady STEWART, (Adrienne, Lady Stewart), ONZM, QSM

For services to the arts and business

Adrienne, Lady Stewart has been a long-standing supporter, promoter, and fundraiser of many arts organisations, both nationally and internationally.

Lady Stewart, involved in industry and commerce for 40 years, became one of New Zealand's first women to be a public company director. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. Currently she is Governing Patron of the Art and Industry Biennial Trust, and Patron of the University of Canterbury Foundation, the Court Theatre Supporters, Venice Biennale, Woolston Brass, Federation of Australasian Brass Bands and National Australia Brass, and Sumner Lifeboat Institution. She is Producer of SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space, Chair of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Foundation, member of the University of Canterbury College of Arts External Advisory Panel, Trustee of the Christchurch Cathedral Foundation, Past President of the Zonta Club of Christchurch, and past member of Salvation Army Advisory Board. She has provided support to the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Adam Chamber Music Festival, Cholmondeley Children's Centre Inc, Christchurch Arts Festival and Festival of Colour Wanaka. Lady Stewart has personally helped a number of young artists, musicians, choreographers, conductors and composers with grants or support for further study.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2006
Queen's Service Medal for Community Services, Queen's Birthday 1995

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

TURIA, The Honourable Tariana

For services as a Member of Parliament

The Honourable Tariana Turia (Ngāti Apa, Ngā Wairiki, Ngā Rauru, Tūwharetoa, Whanganui) was a Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2014 and was a founding member and co-leader of the Māori Party. 

Mrs Turia entered parliament in 1996 as a List MP for the Labour Party and in 2002 she was elected as the MP for Te Tai Hauāuru. From 1999 she held a number of Associate Ministerial responsibilities and in 2002 was appointed Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector. In opposition to the Labour Party's position on the ownership of the foreshore and seabed, she resigned in May 2004, contested a by-election and on 27 July was sworn in as MP for Te Tai Hauāuru and co-leader of the newly established Māori Party. Between 2008 and 2014 she held the Ministerial portfolios for Whānau Ora, Disability Issues, the Community and Voluntary Sector, as well as further Associate Ministerial responsibilities. The Whānau Ora approach across government, and the Enabling Good Lives approach in the disability sector are hallmarks of her leadership; in which strategies for change are considered to be most enduring when whānau/families and people with disabilities have responsibility for determining their own solutions. Before entering politics Mrs Turia was Chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority; Service broker for Te Puni Kokiri; Manager Whaioranga Iwi Social Services Unit; Manager Whanganui Regional Development Board Trust, and a member of a team that established the Te Awa Youth Trust in 1980.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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