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New Year Honours 2015 - Citations for The Queen's Service Medal

ASKEW, Mrs Hazel

For services to the community

Mrs Hazel Askew has been a volunteer for Onehunga Ladies Benevolent Society since 1980, and from 1985 she served for a time as Treasurer and President and continues to serve as current Secretary.

Mrs Askew organises the distribution of food parcels to those in need, in response to requests from the Onehunga Citizen's Advice Bureau. She is currently Organist for St Stephens Church of Onehunga Cooperating Parish. She previously served as Treasurer of the Onehunga Parish Council. She is a weekly volunteer at the church opportunity shop, and is a past President/Treasurer and current Auditor of One Tree Hill Probus club. She is a representative on the Onehunga District Council of Social Services. She has been involved with Riding for the Disabled in Mangere. Mrs Askew maintains strong connections with groups supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, particularly IHC.

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ATTWELL, Mrs Alison (Ally)

For services to the speech impaired

Mrs Ally Attwell has contributed to the speech impaired.

Mrs Attwell was the founder in 2007, and is Operations Manager, of the charitable trust 'Voice Thru Your Hands'. She was motivated to assist the speech impaired from the experience of her daughter Tarryn who is non-verbal and has Down Syndrome and communicates using New Zealand Sign Language. Voice Thru Your Hands promotes the use of New Zealand Sign Language for children who are non-verbal in an innovative and interesting way and seeks to educate wider New Zealand society on the importance of non-verbal communication. The Trust has delivered non-verbal and sign language classes throughout the country. Ms Attwell has combined her Trust work with encouraging and supporting the message of inclusive education for all children, no matter how challenging their impairment may seem and that every person has the human right to be able to fully express themselves and be a member of society. In addition to education facilities, she has taken her message to audiences such as the Police, social services and the health sector. Mrs Attwell has worked on the Start Strong campaign, the Think Differently campaign and has been Convenor of the Inclusive Education campaign's Action Group.

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BAKER, Mr Thomas Howard (Tom), JP

For services to the community

Mr Tom Baker has contributed services to the Far North community for more than twenty years.

Mr Baker has had a long career in large-scale heavy engineering projects abroad and in New Zealand. On his retirement to Kerikeri in 1990 he played a central role in the community's successful bid to keep the historic Stone Store open to the public. He was appointed Chairman of the Kingston House Community Trust to raise funds to purchase and refurbish the historic Kingston House into a community facility to house several community organisations and an event centre. A total of $1.15 million was raised for the purchase and refurbishment of the building. He has held executive roles in the Bay of Islands Heritage Trail Foundation, Kerikeri Civil Advisory Trust, Greypower Kerikeri Association, National Greypower Federation, Kerikeri Probus Club and Bay of Islands SPCA. He served four terms as a Far North District Councillor and Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board member holding portfolios in roading, drainage, water, sewerage, refuse, pensioner housing and building consents. Mr Baker has also been a Justice of the Peace and marriage celebrant.

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BARFOOT, Mr Christopher

For services to the environment and the community

Mr Chris Barfoot has undertaken a key role in the establishment and development of the Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve in Auckland for 40 years.

Since 1973 the 27 hectares of the Reserve have been transformed into areas of coastal forest, ponds for waterfowl, protected areas for migratory birds, and breeding areas for other species. The Reserve is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and school groups. Mr Barfoot has been a member of the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society since 1972, and served as Chairman for 10 years. He continues to serve as a member of the Tamaki Estuary Pollution Action Group, now the Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum. He has been involved with the Anglican Church of St Philip in St Heliers for 55 years serving as Church Warden, and as representative on the Auckland Diocesan Synod since 2005. He has chaired the Week of Prayer for World Peace in New Zealand and served as Secretary of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship of New Zealand since 1992. Mr Barfoot has been a Trustee of the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies since 2005 and was involved in the endowment of a Chair of Peace Studies.

HONOURS
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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BATUCAN, Mrs Miriam Alvez

For services to the Filipino community

Mrs Miriam Batucan and her husband Oscar Batucan co-founded the New Zealand-Filipino Santo Nino Devotees Trust in 1994 and have served as co-Chairpersons since then.

Mrs Batucan was the Trust's accountant and financial administrator from 2010 to 2013. Through the Trust Mr and Mrs Batucan have organised the annual celebration of Santo Nino Devotees in New Zealand, and organised educational and consolidation activities for Filipino and non-Filipino families, women, senior citizens and youth in Auckland. Their excellent management of the annual Sinulog Fiesta over the past 20 years has been published in print and online news sources locally and internationally. They were awarded the Papal Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the first Filipino-New Zealander couple to receive such an award. She also received a Clinical Pastoral Education Award in recognition of her pastoral care services. Mr and Mrs Batucan have hosted the radio programme Pilipinas Mabuhay once a week for 15 years, which provides updates on Auckland Filipino community news and news from the Philippines.

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BATUCAN, Mr Oscar Pioquinto, JP

For services to the Filipino community

Mr Oscar Batucan and his wife Miriam Batucan co-founded the New Zealand-Filipino Santo Nino Devotees Trust in 1994 and have served as co-Chairpersons since then.

Through the Trust Mr and Mrs Batucan have organised the annual celebration of Santo Nino Devotees in New Zealand, and organised educational and consolidation activities for Filipino and non-Filipino families, women, senior citizens and youth in Auckland. Mr Batucan established a drum and bugle youth band through the Trust. Their excellent management of the annual Sinulog Fiesta over the past 20 years has been published in print and online news sources locally and internationally. They were awarded the Papal Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the first Filipino-New Zealander couple to receive such an award. Mr Batucan has served as a Justice of the Peace since 1994, and has received community service awards from the Auckland City Council. Mr and Mrs Batucan have hosted the radio programme Pilipinas Mabuhay once a week for 15 years, which provides updates on Auckland Filipino community news and news from the Philippines.

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BONGERS, Mrs Heather Flora

For services to senior citizens

Mrs Heather Bongers has been a long-time volunteer in the Cambridge community, particularly assisting senior citizens.

Beginning in 1986 Mrs Bongers began visiting the residents of rest homes for the elderly in Cambridge and Ohaupo. She has been a funeral celebrant for 25 years and has conducted numerous funerals for rest home residents. She has been involved with Cambridge Baptist Church for 40 years, 20 years as a Deaconess and an Elder for 12 years. For 38 years she has led or helped lead a monthly Friendship Afternoon at Cambridge Baptist, offering food and entertainment for 40 to 60 rest home residents. She has conducted a weekly interdenominational service for the past 28 years at Resthaven rest home, and regularly assists ministers in performing worship and communion for the residents. She also holds the annual memorial service at Resthaven to remember those residents who had passed away during the previous year. She was appointed Community Chaplain by the Cambridge Ministers' Association in 2006. She trained as an Assistant Hospital Chaplain and volunteered in that role at Waikato Hospital from 1997 to 2005. Mrs Bongers also adopted and fostered several children with her late first husband.

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BONIFACE, Mrs Joy Edna May

For services to the community

Mrs Joy Boniface has contributed services to the community for more than 60 years.

Mrs Boniface has served in The Order of St John for more than 38 years, having joined as a student cadet in the United Kingdom in 1940, rejoining in Howick in 1974 and progressing over the years through several supervisory roles in the Warkworth Division. She has been Area Committee Member since 1992 and is now a volunteer team manager and Resource Co-ordinator dealing with injuries and sick patrons at local events. She was also a volunteer at Totara Park Day Centre from 1991 to 2013, teaching elderly clients to exercise to music. She has been a volunteer organiser of the Warkworth Blood Transfusion Service since 1994 and joint Custodian of the Sandspit Yacht Club since 1998. Since 1951 she has been a member of The Fitness League becoming a teacher in 2001 and a Hospice volunteer since 2005. Mrs Boniface is a member and past President of the Inner Wheel Club and has been a member of Warkworth's community choir, the Kowhai Singers, for 19 years.

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BOYDEN, Mr Colin Clive (Clive)

For services to the community

Mr Clive Boyden has been a member of the Woodville Lions Club since 1978 and has previously served as Vice President of the Club.

Mr Boyden organised the inaugural Coast to Coast motorcycle ride in 1992, which has since become an annual event in conjunction with the Woodville Christmas Parade and attracts more than 500 motorcyclists from throughout the North Island. He has organised the registrations, advertising, sponsorship and prizegiving for the event for 21 years, and has promoted the use of hi-viz vests and safe riding in conjunction with Horizons Regional Council Road Safety. All proceeds from the event have gone towards the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter to purchase vital equipment, with close to $150,000 raised thus far. In 1994 he began organising an annual track and tunnel walk through the Manawatu Gorge with proceeds going towards Arohanui Hospice. He has organised transport and coordinated with various agencies to ensure the health and safety of up to 1,500 walkers. The event has raised $50,000 for the Hospice and $200,000 for other charities. Mr Boyden has been a national finalist for the Trust Power Community awards for his work on the Coast to Coast and Track and Tunnel events.

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BRANN, Mr Geoffrey John (Geoff)

For services to forestry and the community

Mr Geoff Brann and his wife Gillian have practiced sustainable farm forestry on their property at Roydon Downs and have been actively involved in the Te Puke community.

The Branns were involved with Scion's early research trials of Agroforestry; the simultaneous practice of tree and pastoral farming on the same property. This has included the widespread planting of trees to combat land erosion. Their property is a key demonstration area monitored by Scion and their farm has been used by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as a showcase for wise land management. They received the Balance Environmental Award for the Bay of Plenty region. They are members of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association and Mr Brann served a term as National President. They developed their property for free public recreational use with huts for people to stay in, confidence courses for children, walking tracks and horse trails. Groups from schools, kindergartens, Girl Guides and Scouts have been encouraged to use the facilities. In the 1970s and 1980s Mr Brann was involved with Mountain Safety. The Branns have facilitated life skills tramping trips for youth in the Urewera Ranges. Mr Brann has been involved with Land Search and Rescue and is a volunteer at McLaren Falls Park performing maintenance work, planting trees and cleaning.

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BRANN, Mrs Gillian Margaret (Gill)

For services to forestry and the community

Mrs Gill Brann and her husband Geoff have practiced sustainable farm forestry on their property at Roydon Downs and have been actively involved in the Te Puke community.

The Branns were involved with Scion's early research trials of Agroforestry; the simultaneous practice of tree and pastoral farming on the same property. This has included the widespread planting of trees to combat land erosion. Their property is a key demonstration area monitored by Scion and their farm has been used by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as a showcase for wise land management. They received the Balance Environmental Award for the Bay of Plenty region. They are both members of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association. They developed their property for free public recreational use with huts for people to stay in, confidence courses for children, walking tracks and horse trails. Groups from schools, kindergartens, Girl Guides and Scouts have been encouraged to use the facilities. In the 1970s and 1980s Mrs Brann was involved with the Brownies. The Branns have facilitated life skills tramping trips for youth in the Urewera Ranges. Mrs Brann is a driver for Meals on Wheels in Te Puke and established Women on Wheels in 2007, a social bicycle club which now has more than 100 members.

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BULL, Mr Douglas Maxwell Lovelace, JP

For services to dairy farming and the community

Mr Douglas Bull has been involved with the farming industry and various community organisations in the Whakatane district since the 1970s.

Mr Bull served as President of the Rotary Club of Whakatane West from 1987 to 1988 and Governor of the Rotary District from 2000 to 2001. He has served as a member of the District Advisory Council of Rotary International since 2000. He has been Chairman of the Awakeri Young Farmers Club and was the Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers Provincial Dairy Chairman from 1977 to 1978. He was a Director and Chairman of the Rangitaiki Plains Dairy Company and Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Dairy Board. He was a director of the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand and was involved in the merger of several smaller dairy companies to form Bay Milk Products. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Bay of Plenty Education Trust serving from 1985 to 1998, and is currently Patron. In 2009 Mr Bull was elected as a member of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Justices of the Peace Council and has been President of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Justices of the Peace Association since 2011.

HONOURS
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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CAMPBELL, Ms Aroha Dawn Geraldine

For services to Māori

Ms Aroha Campbell has been a Trustee of Tauhara North No 2 Trust since the early 1990s, and has been CEO since 2005.

After becoming CEO Ms Campbell drove the establishment of the Nga Awa Purua geothermal station on Trust land, a joint venture with Mighty River Power. As at 2013 the Trust's net equity was $136 million and the increased cash flow from the Trust's businesses has helped fund an array of support programmes for the Trust's beneficiaries. She has been a driving force behind the development of the Trust's activities. She has overseen 'whanau weekends', which were designed to bring beneficiaries together to build a sense of family. The Trust has developed a range of education programmes, including the funding of Kip McGrath courses for children identified as below their reading age, and a number of camps for different age groups to teach practical skills and set goals. She provides services to other small-medium sized Māori land trusts in the central North island, designing a low to zero cost support system for the land trusts to build their capacity and increase productivity. Ms Campbell has been a Trustee of Ngati Tahu Tribal Trust, Paeroa East 5 Trust, and 338 Ohaaki Marae Trust.

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CLARKE, Mr John Gary (Gary)

For services to sport and philanthropy

Mr Gary Clarke has contributed to rugby league and the community.

Mr Clarke has played, coached and selected rugby league teams for Canterbury, the South Island and the Kiwis for more than 40 years and is a long-time affiliate of the local rugby league club in Papanui. He played two test matches in the 1968 World Cup. He has also been a long time donor to many local support teams, charities, schools and individuals in need. Donations have comprised products his company makes (personalised cups, plates and giftware), cash, time and advice, and sports equipment and uniforms. Recipients have included the Ricki Herbert Football Academy, Heart Children New Zealand sponsorship for camps, Autism New Zealand, St Johns Ambulance, Child Cancer Foundation, Governors Bay Preschool, Cholmondley Children's Home Christchurch, Kids First kindergarten in Bromley and the New Zealand Rugby League 'League for Life' programme. He has a large public display of historic rugby league memorabilia in his factory where he also regularly hosts local sports teams. In recent years Mr Clarke has donated $20,000 to $30,000 to some organisations such as Camp Quality, an activities programme for children with cancer.

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COLLINS, Mr Edward Laurence (Ted)

For services to the fishing industry and the community

Mr Ted Collins has been involved with the fishing industry since the 1960s.

Mr Collins was a foundation member of the Canterbury Marlborough Rock Lobster Industry Association (CRAMAC 5) in 1997 and served as Chairman from inception until 2012. During this time he oversaw a number projects in support of an agreed regional fishing strategy, established a formal disputes resolution procedure, and was instrumental in bringing CRAMAC 5 to Kaikoura SeaFest and raising the industry profile at Taste Martinborough. In 1996 he became a member of the New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council. He was elected to the Executive of the Federation of Commercial Fishermen in 1968, serving as President from 1979 to 1981. He participated in the development and introduction of the quota management system in the mid-1980s. He has been a member of the Nelson Fishermen's Cooperative and was a Director of the Marlborough Harbour Board for six years. He has been Chairman of Picton Fisherman's Association since 2008, having been a member since 1962. He has been a Charter member of the Spring Creek Lions Club since 1975, serving as President, a member of the Board and Chair of several project and welfare committees.

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COLLINS, Mrs Maria Elizabeth Caroline

For services to the community and music

Mrs Maria Collins has contributed to the community for more than 60 years.

Mrs Collins has financially and administratively supported fledgling musicians and ensembles and 17 classical music and arts bodies for many years, including Auckland Choral, Auckland Philharmonia and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She has served four years on the Board of Radio New Zealand and 13 years on the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board. She is Secretary of the Auckland Medical History Society and has been Main Speaker Coordinator for University of the Third Age Meadowbank. She has been a marriage guidance counsellor with Relationships Aotearoa for 13 years. She has financially supported many national charities, is past President and Treasurer of the Aorangi Club for professional businesswomen, and a member of the Neurological Foundation. With the New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association Mrs Collins has sponsored, and is a selector for, the Jim Collins Memorial Award for exceptional contribution to aviation safety nationally and internationally.

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CORBETT, Mrs Mary Isabel, JP

For services to the community

Mrs Mary Corbett has been involved with Hornby Rotary Club since 1998, serving as President, convenor of the Youth Committee and as the Welfare Officer.

Mrs Corbett has assisted with Rotary projects such as the Hornby Work Project Trust and securing the Hornby Day Care Centre for the Elderly. She serves as Secretary of the Hornby Day Care Centre and has been involved with the Abbyfield Trust. She was elected to the Horny District Community Council in 1977 and became Chairperson in 1981. After Local Government amalgamation in 1989 she became Chair of the first Riccarton/Wigram Community Board and served a term as a Christchurch City Councillor. During her time in local government she has been a member of Kennedy's Bush Neighbourhood Association, the Christchurch Town Hall Board, spokesperson for the Children's Strategy Working Party, and a member of the Voluntary Libraries subcommittee. She was a representative for Age Concern Canterbury and the Elderly Persons Policy and Strategy Review. She was a member of the working party for the Hornby Multicultural Centre and Awatea Residents Association. Mrs Corbett has volunteered as a Caring Caller for St John for six years and was involved with the Adult Reading Assistance Service.

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CORRY, Mrs Leonie Ellen

For services to the community

Mrs Leonie Corry helped establish the Ellesmere Food Bank in 1995 and has volunteered there for 19 years.

Mrs Corry has been involved with fundraising, administration, collecting food and harvesting local produce, packaging food, assembling and delivering food parcels for the food bank. Work and Income New Zealand, the Selwyn District Council and other non-governmental organisations rely solely on the Ellesmere Food Bank to meet the emergency needs of the Selwyn District and beyond, and regularly refer people to Mrs Corry and her team. She liaises closely with community groups such as the Ellesmere Community Care Organisation to ensure that those in need receive wider support.  The food bank plays an important strategic role in Canterbury as it provides huge quantities of local produce to other food banks in exchange for non-perishable items in a barter system, which helps keep costs down. Following the Canterbury earthquakes the food bank was able to provide food parcels directly to those in need in the worst hit areas on the east side of Christchurch. Due to the high demand in this period the food bank provided 300 percent of its usual output in 2011.

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DUNCAN, Mr William Ross (Ross)

For services to pipe bands and the community

Mr Ross Duncan has served as a military band piper since 1947.

Mr Duncan has served as a piper for the Pipes and Drums of the 5th Wellington West Coast Taranaki Regiment from 1986. He has served as a band piper, the Colonel's Piper, the Chief of General Staff (Defence Force) Piper and The Queen's Piper for her royal visit to New Zealand in 1990. He has been on the band's Committee since 2008. He has undertaken fundraising to ensure the band has been well equipped and been able to tour to Tonga, Scotland and Australia. The band has performed at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Queen Mother's Royal Tribute in Scotland in 2000. He was also the Rangitikei Scots Pipe Band Pipe Major for 23 years from 1959. He has been involved as a fundraiser and volunteer for the Whanganui Hospice and the Whanganui Riverboat Trust. He has been involved with Age Concern for 20 years and as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He was a founding member and developer of the Hunterville and Districts Museum. Mr Duncan has held various positions within the Hunterville Swimming Club, Scouts, Presbyterian Church and the Hunterville School Committee.

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EADE, Mr Alister David (Ali)

For services to the community and aquaculture

Mr Ali Eade has contributed services to the Stewart Island community for more than 40 years.

Arriving on Stewart Island in the early 1970s, Mr Eade raised funds and helped install solar water heating for the primary school pool. He coordinated fundraising efforts to build a Community Hall and Stadium, opened in 1999, personally contributing to the sourcing and milling of the construction timber. To provide ongoing income to help subsidise the Hall's operating costs, he initiated the planting of a dedicated mussel line alongside his marine farming business, a Stewart Island Rainwater bottling project, sales from his manufacture of Stewart Island fridge magnets and the conversion of the Hall's heating system to run on used diesel oil. He was Chairperson of the Community Centre Trust for several years. He initiated fundraising for the Indoor Bowls Team and Club and for an all-weather surface bowling facility, and was a member of the group who fundraised and constructed the Ringaringa golf course. Mr Eade has made significant contributions to Stewart Island's aquaculture industry through his innovations, including fine-tuning of the equipment for the mussel barges to harvest and re-seed, mastering a process to sanitise contaminated mussel spat, and farming oysters on mussel lines.

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ELLIS, Mrs Helena Wanda (Wanda)

For services to the Polish community

Mrs Wanda Ellis has been involved in the propagation and promotion of the Polish language, education and culture and in helping Polish immigrants to settle in New Zealand for more than 60 years.

In the late 1950s Mrs Ellis was a founding member of the Auckland Polish Association and played a pivotal role in fundraising for and securing land in Sandringham upon which to build the Polish Community House. She taught Polish language and dance to local school groups for many years, organised many functions and reunions and successfully petitioned for the Catholic Church in Poland to send priests to New Zealand to serve the Polish community. She helped immigrants with translation of documents, finding work and settling into homes and schools, often providing interim homestay for families. She was for 24 years a Court and Document translator and interpreter for the Justice Department. She was a secretary and nurse at St Peter's College for 14 years. Mrs Ellis was invited in 2006 by Lublin Catholic University in Poland to address an international symposium on the History and Effects of Polish Orphan Resettlement Scheme during World War II. 

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ETUATA, Reverend Tom

For services to the Pacific community

Reverend Tom Etuata has been a member of the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Advisory Council since 2010 and has been involved with Pacific communities in Wellington since 1968.

In 1986 Reverend Etuata pioneered a nation-wide Niue Radio programme on Wellington Access Radio where he was involved in the promotion and maintenance of the Niue language. He was part of an independent panel established by the Ministry in partnership with the Niue language committee, Vagahau Niue Trust. He previously was Chairperson of the Niue Fono Motu, a national body established to encourage collaboration amongst Niue Presbyterian ministers, elders, women leaders and Niue youth leaders in New Zealand. He is Chairperson of the Niue Kaufakalataha (NKWR) Incorporated, a group he established in 2005 to provide support to other smaller Niue community groups such as the Niue Wellington Youth Group and the Women's group. NKWR has run language workshops and a programme to involve families in the growth and development of children under five through the Government initiative Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents. He is Deputy Chairperson of the Porirua Whanau Centre Trust Board. Reverend Etuata was Parish Minister for St Timothy's Titahi Bay Presbyterian Church, and the Tawa Union Church.

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FAROUK, Dr Mustafa Mohammed

For services to the Muslim community

Dr Mustafa Farouk is currently the National Chairman of the Outreach Committee of the Federations of Islamic Associations of New Zealand and previously served as the organisation's Vice President from 2003 to 2009.

In his Outreach role Dr Farouk has overseen various awareness and interfaith initiatives including the annual National Islam Awareness Week campaign. Since 1996 he has been a Council member and a regular Friday Sermon presenter for the Waikato Muslim Association. He is an active member of the Waikato Interfaith Council and has been involved in interfaith activities nationally and internationally. He has held voluntary advisory roles as technical advisor to the Ministry of Primary Industries Halal Standard Advisory Council, technical advisor to the World Halal Food Council, and expert advisor to the New Zealand Food Technology Magazine. He has delivered a number of presentations to raise awareness of Islamic culture and perspectives to a diverse range of groups and organisations including the Armed Offender Squad Waikato Police Negotiation Team, schools, religious organisations. Dr Farouk was part of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade delegations to the Third Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue in 2007 and the Maluku Peace Management Seminar in Indonesia in 2008.

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GARDNER, Mr Raymond

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Raymond Gardner has contributed services to the New Zealand Fire Service for 44 years.

Mr Gardner joined the Fairlie Volunteer Fire Brigade in South Canterbury in 1970 as a Volunteer Fire Fighter and is now Deputy Chief Fire Officer. He also carries out the role of Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer for the South Canterbury Rural Fire District. He has been involved in rural fire management for 20 years as South Canterbury Rural Fire District's Fire Investigator, Health and Safety Co-ordinator, Training Tutor and Response Co-ordinator for the Mackenzie Zone. Mr Gardner has been an Ambulance Driver with the Fairlie St John Ambulance since 1976 and has been employed as the Mackenzie District Council's Emergency Management Officer since 2011.

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GLADSTONE, Mrs Heather Mackness

For services to music

Mrs Heather Gladstone has contributed to music for more than 50 years.

Mrs Gladstone set up her own music school in 1978, teaching piano accordion, voice, piano, composition and theory, and organising regular student concerts. She has been a Committee member of the Society for Music Education since 1980 and an adjudicator for national and international accordion competitions since 1987. She started the Christchurch Star Children's Choir in 1965 and for 12 years ran the Children's Choir Christchurch. For ten years she organised monthly music and dance evenings for Music for the Disabled and was part of a Senior Citizens Singalong team running weekly singalong sessions. In 1997 she formed the St Albans Community Choir, which raises money from its performances for The Canterbury Community Hospital, and she organised an alternative venue for rehearsals when the St Albans Resource Centre was damaged by the September 2010 earthquake. She has performed extensively around the world as a soloist, as part of an orchestra, and with many bands. Mrs Gladstone served as Committee member of the Christchurch New Zealand Cornish Association from 1967 to 1990, and represented the association through music programmes in Cornish schools.

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GOLDSCHMIDT, Mrs Marjory Jean (Jean)

For services to the community

Mrs Jean Goldschmidt has been involved with hospitality and the community in Mangawhai since the mid-1990s.

Mrs Goldschmidt has been a Committee member of Mangawhai Promotions Group and a member and Chairperson of Accommodation Group Mangawhai. She opened and ran the Beach Holidays rental house operation for five years. She established the Mangawhai Information Centre in 1998 and remains a member of the Committee. She instigated Mangawhai's annual Walking Weekend in 1999, which now spans four days and includes more than 30 different walks ranging in difficulty for walkers of various abilities. Money raised by Walking Weekend event is donated to local community groups. She was involved with the opening of the Mangawhai section of Te Araroa, the national walkway, in 2008. She was a founding member in 2010 and is currently Secretary of the Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust. She was active with Plunket and Playcentre in Auckland from the early 1960s and was a member of the Lynfield High School Board of Governors and the Waikowhai Primary School Committee in the 1970s and 1980s.

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HALLAGAN, Mr Peter Vaughan

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Peter Hallagan has contributed to the New Zealand Fire Service for 44 years.

Mr Hallagan joined the Waipukurau Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1969 and retired in 2013. He was Station Officer for 15 years and served on the team that built the fire station's museum. His training as a mechanic brought skill and innovation to his role as a fire fighter, making machines function better and designing machines to make jobs easier, better and safer. This included inventing devices to make extrication of people from wrecked vehicles faster and safer to improve chances for victims and fellow firefighters. For many years he trained and led Road Crash Rescue Challenge teams for regional and national competitions that won several trophies including Best Innovation and Best Team Leader. He has shared his experience in fire ground activity and fire safety with uniformed and civilian people, has mentored many new recruits to the service and continued to provide advice in his retirement. Mr Hallagan has given more than ten years' service to the Jaycees raising funds for community projects such as children's playground equipment, and using funds from a glass recycling project he convened to distribute to youth and children in the town.

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HALLETT, Mr Colin John

For services to Search and Rescue and outdoor recreation

Mr Colin Hallett has been involved in Land Search and Rescue, Scouting and tramping since the 1960s.

Mr Hallett was involved with Scouting New Zealand from 1961 to 1989 as a Venturer Scout Leader in Paeroa and Te Aroha. He has been involved in Land Search and Rescue since 1965. He has held every position from team member to search controller and is currently the Police Advisor for local searches in Te Aroha. He worked with the Light Civil Defence from 1979 to 2006 as a Team Leader and Instructor, training the Te Aroha team for competitions and assisting with major flood and storm disasters in Te Aroha and Paeroa. He is a member of the Te Aroha Tramping Club and is involved in restoring tramping tracks around the Matamata Piako region, most recently an old horseman's track. He has been involved with the Echo Walking Festival as a guide since 2009. In this role he led families of the victims and industry officials to the site of the 1963 Kaimai NAC air crash to place a memorial monument. Mr Hallett has received four Community Volunteer Awards and a Police Community Award.

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HARDING, Mr John Kellick

For services to agriculture and aviation

Mr John Harding has contributed services to agriculture as an agricultural aviation pilot for 56 years.

Mr Harding commenced his career in productive topdressing in 1956 at the age of 21, managing and flying for the company his father largely developed, Wanganui Aero Works. He serviced mainly the volcanic Central Plateau area and Taihape region known for its difficult terrain and demanding weather conditions, without sustaining any serious mishap in an industry fraught with high accident and death rates in its development. He was owner operator of Rangitikei Air Service Taihape from 1970 until it was sold to Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-op. He did not retire from professional flying until the age of 77, having accumulated 34,000 flying hours. For many years he was a member of the Wanganui Aero Work Cresco Display team performing precision formation flying at airshows throughout New Zealand. He strove for safer aircraft and loaders, safer airstrips, consistency of fertiliser, considerate farmers and strict supervised training for new pilots to the industry. Mr Harding's experience provided many young trainee agricultural pilots with inspiration on how to approach the job with absolute concentration and dedication.

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HAYWARD, Mrs Margaret Patricia

For services to the community

Mrs Margaret Hayward has contributed to the Kapiti community for more than 30 years.

Mrs Hayward was involved with voluntary fundraising and function catering activities with Scots College, Wellington, while her son was a pupil. She was a member of the Kapiti School Parent Teachers Association and Board of Trustees for ten years and assisted the Paraparaumu Track and Field Club to raise funds for six years as Secretary. She has been heavily involved with organising charitable fundraising for Inner Wheel for 27 years, having served as the organisation's District Chair for two years, becoming a member of the national body and chairing a national conference. She has been Convenor of Save the Children Kapiti since 1990, organising and helping out in its numerous and varied activities from fashion parades to bridge and mah jong luncheons, high teas, barbeques and garden parties. Mrs Hayward has also run the Kapiti Save the Children charity shop to raise tens of thousands of dollars for children in need overseas and in New Zealand, including within the Christchurch community following the February 2011 earthquake.

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HILL, Ms Christine Joan (Chris)

For services to healthcare

Ms Chris Hill has contributed to health care in Golden Bay.

Ms Hill returned to Golden Bay to live more than 18 years ago and became a respected leader within Manawhenua ki Mohua, the local Iwi. She joined a number of others who were seeking the support of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board to deal with the difficulties of attracting medical staff, and the poorly maintained rest home and hospital. She became a part of the Interim Management Group the District Health Board established in 2008 to meet monthly and plan a Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre, talking with many stakeholders in the community and raising funds, planning with health experts and working with the Ministry of Health and the District Health Board. She was appointed Chair of the Golden Bay Community Health Te Hauora Mohua Trust formed in 2010 to deal with issues of ownership, funds, lease arrangements and the running of services and property, a challenging role in view of objectors to the project. Ms Hill was a daily visitor to the building site for the Centre, working with the site manager on many details of the build. The Centre opened in 2013 accommodating a GP led hospital and clinic, rest home, primary maternity care and district, public health and oncology nursing.

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HOWARD, Mr James Alexander Scott (Jim)

For services to conservation and the community

Mr Jim Howard has served the community, particularly in conservation and horticulture.

Mr Howard has been a member of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand for 50 years. He is a member of the Rangitikei branch, which he helped to found, and has been its Chair. He was the Chair of the Bushy Park Homestead and Forest Reserve Trust Board, helping to establish an arboretum, and making plans for the Homestead grounds to demonstrate the value of planting native species. He was one of the team that brought North Island robin from Waimarino forest to release them into the Bushy Park forest. He is a life member of the New Zealand Rhododendron Association, and was involved with the naming of a rhododendron in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary. He has been a member of the Rangitikei and Marton branches of Federated Farmers, serving as the Chair of the Marton Branch from 1969 to 1974. Mr Howard was also involved in a number of organisations including the Wanganui-Rangitikei Catchment Board, the Rangitikei District Council, the Anglican Church, and as Chair of the Board of Nga Tawa School. 

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HURUNUI, Mr Wayne Buckston

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community

Mr Wayne Hurunui has contributed to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community for more than 30 years.

Mr Hurunui joined the Shannon Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1982 and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 1996. Under his leadership his fire station has engaged closely with the Shannon community through extending the station and opening it for use to other local organisations and groups, holding open days and workshops that have resulted in high levels of local community brigade recruitment, supporting community events such as the annual Christmas Parade, the Hot Rod Show and Shine events with Fire Service displays and promoting fire safety activities and a Fire Wise programme at Shannon School. He is leading and working with Horowhenua District Council to establish a pre-disaster community resilience plan and community preparedness knowledge and practice. He is on the committee of the Poutu Marae whanau ora programme. Mr Hurunui is a long-serving player, committee member and coach of the Shannon Rugby Football Club and player and captain of the Softball club. He recently became a Trustee of the Horowhenua Lake Trust and has since 2009 been a teacher aide at Levin Intermediate School for Youth, truancy, sport coaching and advocacy.

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JOSEPH, Archdeacon Emeritus Andrew (Andy)

For services to the community

Archdeacon Emeritus Andy Joseph has contributed to the community for more than 40 years.

Archdeacon Joseph was a foundation member of the Golden Bay Jaycee Chapter as a young man and owned his own business before moving to Hamner Springs to work as the Chaplain at the Queen Mary Hospital assisting drug and alcohol patients and to serve as Hamner's Anglican Minister. He is currently serving as Priest in charge of Whakatu Anglican Māori Mission and is currently kaumatua for the Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council, Nelson Hospital Board and Nelson Girls College, providing guidance in tikanga Māori and support at civic events including citizenship ceremonies and mediating between the Māori community and institutions when tensions have arisen. He mortgaged his own home to fund the first stage of the Wakatu Marae build and is today a frequent speaker for the paepae. He has provided his business skills while past Chair of the Wakatu Incorporation. Following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake Archdeacon Joseph organised a group to go to the city to spend several weeks assisting people with tasks such as digging and organising food.

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KNIGHT, Mrs Margaret Rose

For services to music and the community

Mrs Margaret Knight has contributed to music therapy and United Nations Association work.

Mrs Knight began using her music to assist others in 1947, volunteering for the Salvation Army by playing music for Sunday school, the local Youth choir, teaching children in the Woodville district, singing in the Palmerston North Salvation Army Songsters and later, in Hamilton, entertaining senior citizens. She also served on the Hamilton West Free Kindergarten Committee. She initially worked on a voluntary basis and then as an employee for 17 years at Tokanui Hospital as a Music Therapist, assisting people with mental illness and other disabilities. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Waikato Branch of the United Nations of New Zealand Association, having served on the Association's Te Awamutu Branch as Secretary for some years, reporting on local Peace Group meetings and attending activities of Amnesty International, judging UNANZ Secondary School Speech Contests and assisting the Model UN Assembly for youth in conjunction with Waikato University. Mrs Knight served on the National Council of Women, representing the Methodist Women's Fellowship, and for four years was Standing Committee Convenor for the Council's International Relations and Peace Branch.

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LOGAN, Mr John Wayland

For services to the community

Mr John Logan was a foundation member in 1968 of the Gisborne West Rotary Club, through which he has raised for many community projects on a voluntary basis.

Mr Logan is a double recipient of Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his services to the community. He has encouraged young people to learn yachting skills through the Gisborne Yacht Club since 1980, where he has served as Commodore and helped organise local and national regattas. He has been a Judge of the Gisborne Westpac Business Awards for two years. As a Trustee and Treasurer of the War Memorial Theatre Trust since 2012 he has helped raise $5.35 million for the Trust. He initiated and chairs the Wainui Coast Care Group, replanting Wainui Beach dunes; is secretary/treasurer of the Gisborne Marina Development Society, a Trustee of Gisborne West Coast Rotary Charitable Trust and Trustee of Turanganui a Kiwa Voyaging Trust. Mr Logan has contributed, as a valuable history of the region, to the digitisation of the Gisborne Photo News, a pictorial events based booklet from 1954 to 1975 which his father had initiated.

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MANOA, Mr Afa'ese

For services to the Pacific community

Mr Afa'ese Manoa has contributed to the Tuvalu community in Auckland and has been involved in the preservation of the Tuvalu language.

Mr Manoa was a member of the committee which translated and published the first Tuvalu Bible in 1978. He also composed the Tuvalu national anthem, which was adopted in 1978 for Tuvalu's independence from Great Britain. Upon moving to New Zealand in 2004 he was appointed CEO of the Pacificare Trust, which offers services for mental health, problem gambling and drug and alcohol abuse. He was instrumental in establishing the Haumaefa Community Trust, Tapula Trust in Auckland, and the Gatama Tefolaha Trust in Wellington. He was the key negotiator with the Ranui Primary School for the establishment of a Homework Centre at the school run by the Haumaefa Community Trust. He served as Head Elder of the Tuvalu Seventh Day Adventist church in West Auckland from 2008 to 2010. He produced beginner and intermediate teaching resources in the Tuvalu language while working at the Pacific Education Centre in Papatoetoe. He is currently a member of the Pacific People Advisory Panel for the Auckland Council. Mr Manoa is the founder and the Executive Secretary of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Action Forum New Zealand.

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MCILROY, Mrs Hinetaina (Budgie)

For services to the community

Mrs Budgie McIlroy has served the Tolaga Bay community for many years.

Mrs McIlroy has worked as a Teacher's Aide at Tolaga Bay Area School for the past seven years. During this time she has used her own resources to support the family of a child with extreme disability, and has helped to fundraise so that the students can participate in Riding for the Disabled and swimming lessons. She also works as a caregiver for Ngati Porou Hauora, and undertakes voluntary activities beyond her paid employment, including using her own vehicle to transport people from Tolaga Bay to Gisborne, attending specialist appointments, and covering patient co-payments for medication. Mrs McIlroy often caters for functions and fundraising events in the region and holds positions in church and other community groups.

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MCLEAN, Mr Devon William

For services to conservation

Mr Devon McLean has served the community, particularly in conservation.

Mr McLean played a role in the establishment of Project Crimson in 1990 and is its current Chair. The project was an attempt to save the New Zealand Pohutukawa along the coasts of Auckland and Northland from destruction by possums, coastal development, and certain coastal road projects. The campaign initially sought to identify threats to existing stands of trees, and to find a way of protecting and enhancing remaining sites. The programme was later extended to include Northern and Southern Rata. Through raising awareness, identifying threats, controlling pests, fencing, and replanting, Project Crimson has developed into a nationally recognised programme with support from major sponsors including the Department of Conservation. He is currently the Project Leader for Project Janszoon, and developed the concept of the project, which is a private initiative in partnership with the Department of Conservation to transform the ecological heart of Abel Tasman National Park, and deliver a new nature experience, by 2042. The other projects that Mr McLean has been involved in include Living Legends, Tremendous Schools, and the Rotoroa Island Trust.

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MEI, Mr Teariki Derrick

For services to Māori

Mr Teariki Mei has served Māori in the Wairoa region for more than 40 years.

Mr Mei has worked with the Wairoa District Council for more than 20 years as the primary source of knowledge on the Māori language and Māori protocol.  He has used his experience in the education sector to act as a cultural advisor to local organisations. He has been a member of the Wairoa-Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board since 2000, and is currently a mandated representative for the WAI 621 claimant group. He is a member of a training and education subsidiary of the Trust Board which helps to deliver training and education programmes to learners in Wairoa and Hastings. He contributed to the introduction of the Whare Wananga O Awanui-a-Rangi, a wananga programme, to many of the marae of the Wairoa district since 2005. In 2013, Mr Mei received an honour at the Ngati Kahungunu Te Reo Maori awards which is bestowed only on masters of the language.

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MIDGLEY, Mrs Alexandra Jocelyn Ann (Anna)

For services to the arts and the community

Mrs Anna Midgley has contributed services to the arts.

Mrs Midgley was a teacher in Auckland, studied singing with Dame Sister Mary Leo, and was an opera singer in the United Kingdom for 30 years. She served as a parent governor at Tadworth Court Children's Hospital, was a Trustee of The Little Foundation, on the board of The Stars Organisation for Scope, and on the committee of The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents before returning to New Zealand in 1998. She has served The Dame Malvina Major Foundation in Christchurch since 1999, raising up to $250,000 each year in the Canterbury region for young people involved across the whole spectrum of performing arts. She liaised with the Canterbury Opera and the University of Canterbury in creating opportunities for young performers before they go overseas. She started foundation golf tournaments and initiated 'Catch a Rising Star' and The Arts Excellence Awards in conjunction with the Canterbury Community Trust. Mrs Midgley has created links with Ryman Healthcare Ltd for concerts throughout New Zealand.

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MILLAR, Ms Toni Ann, JP

For services to the community

Ms Toni Millar has contributed to the Eastern Bays Auckland community.

Ms Millar is a former teacher and proprietor of a textile design business. She served 12 years as an elected representative as Auckland City Councillor, Deputy Chair, and Chair of the Eastern bays Community Board. She championed the St Heliers beach re-sanding and walkway, flood mitigation in St Heliers/Glendowie, and the saving of St Johns Bush and Waiatarua Reserve. A past chair of the Rotary Club of St Johns, she led fundraising for Cure Kids and Eastern Bays Hospice, the installation of the Centenary Walkway along Tamaki Drive, and many community working bees. Her involvement with other community organisations includes Trustee of ASB Community Trust, past Auckland Arts Festival Trustee, and Life Member and Past Chair of the Auckland East Arts Council. She has been an advocate for Glendowie College and other local schools, inspired numerous community partnerships and provided valuable advice and guidance to Tennis Auckland and Auckland Netball during recent developments. Ms Millar is an Executive Member of the National Council of Women Auckland.

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MISHRA, Mr Prabodh Kumar, JP

For services to the community

Mr. Prabodh Mishra settled in New Zealand in 1987 and has worked with the Ministry of Education, Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Police Commissioner's Office and Te Kohanga Reo National Trust.

Mr. Mishra has served on the Families Commission Ethnic Reference Group. He joined the Rotary Club of Western Hutt in 1993 and has been a Trustee and President. His Rotary service has included participation in an annual Food Drive, collection for charities, and ensuring care for a boy who had suffered burns and brought by Rotary to Hutt Hospital. For three years he assisted with the Wellington Regional Asian Health Alliance in Newtown and Lower Hutt. He has been an advisor and President of the Fiji Indian Association Wellington for three terms. He has provided free training in Employment Law for new migrants and assisted with tax matters and advocated on behalf of migrants with problems with employers. He spearheaded a joint project with Rotary and Fiji Community members to raise funds for the McIndoe Institute and chaired the Wellington Fijian Support Group for the Rugby World Cup 2011. Mr. Mishra is currently a Board member and volunteer at Citizens Advice Bureau Lower Hutt.

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MOETAUA RUSSELL, Mrs Tereapii

For services to the Pacific community and sport

Mrs Tereapii Moetaua Russell has contributed services to the Pacific community for more than 40 years.

Mrs Moetaua Russell has been a mentor to Pacific youth and youth activities and a Senior Elder in the Cook Islands community of the Hutt Valley and Wellington region, having joined the Hutt Valley Cook Island Association in the 1970s. She is a member of the Cook Islands Sports Association and has coached young players in rugby, rugby league, touch rugby, tennis, darts, golf and netball, including as coach and umpire with Netball Hutt Valley and as Netball Coordinator for the Hutt Valley Cook Island Association. She worked for several years at the Pacific Health Unit in Naenae, transported the elderly to doctors' appointments and to exercise sessions and helped to prepare lunches especially for her Cook Island people who were diabetic, teaching them how to manage their medication. Fluent in Te Reo Kuki Airani she is active with Pacific cultures and dance. She has mentored many hundreds of Pacific women who now hold influential positions. Mrs Moetaua Russell is an Elder of the Saint David's Multicultural Presbyterian Parish in Petone where she organises Sacrament and Holy Communion and fundraising for church activities.

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MORGAN, Mrs Janet Ruth (Jan), JP

For services to healthcare

Mrs Jan Morgan has contributed to healthcare in Golden Bay for 15 years.

Before moving to Golden Bay 20 years ago, Mrs Morgan was a social worker and community services manager. She has been a member of the Golden Bay Community Health Group, the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Community and Public Health Advisory Committee and Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation, which she chaired from 2008 to 2011. She conducted an assessment of future health needs and led a steering group to prepare a feasibility study for the integration of health services. She also sought and obtained the support of the DHB who set up an Interim Management Group involving the local team. The Group met monthly for five years to plan the Golden Bay Integrated Family Health Centre, taking part in public consultation, and working with planners, architects, engineers, Iwi and many different staffing groups to be accommodated. The Golden Bay Family Health Centre opened in 2013, the first in the country combining general practice, resthome, hospital, and maternity services, and a place for visiting specialists and the mobile surgical services bus.

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MOTTRAM, Mr Glenn Robert, JP

For services to the community

Mr Glenn Mottram has contributed to the community for 40 years.

Mr Mottram served on the committee of the Papatoetoe School from 1975 to 1981. He has used his skills as an accountant and company director to guide the Dame Malvina Major Foundation as Auckland Chair for four years and serves as a director of Kindergarten New Zealand Ltd. He has been a board member and Parish Elder of two churches, director of the Presbyterian Savings and Development Society, and has led the Auckland Presbyterian Hospital Trust Finance Committee. A Rotarian since 1982 he was Chair of a major polio eradication fundraising committee. He has committed 25 years of service to the annual Rotary National Youth Science Forum, encouraging 160 year 12 students each year throughout New Zealand to enter training in the sciences and technologies. As Chair of the Youth Forum Trust he has overseen an annual $350,000 budget that funds the forum and provides scholarships for top students to attend such forums in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has also guided the Trust's academic curriculum and vocation programme. Mr Mottram has chaired the Otahuhu Rotary Club Committee that raised funds and built Kindergarten Otahuhu.

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NEELY, Mrs Paddianne Wallace

For services as an archivist

Mrs Paddianne Neely has been recognised as a leader in the establishment of school archives throughout New Zealand over the last 36 years.

Mrs Neely helped instigate an annual workshop for people involved in maintaining archives and records in schools, libraries, churches and community organisations, which attract attendees from around the North Island. She has established, compiled, expanded and maintained the archives of Rongotai College, Scots College, Queen Margaret College, Wellington College, Wellesley College and Wanganui Collegiate. She has designed and mounted historical displays for significant jubilee events and other occasions at these schools. In 2011, while working on Wellington College's archives she oversaw the conversion of the vacated Headmaster's House into a permanent archive and museum, which now houses 146 years of the school's historical artefacts, and made similar use of an old building at Wanganui Collegiate for the school's 150th celebrations. She has assisted her husband Don Neely with research in the preparation of two histories of cricket in New Zealand 'Men in White' and 'The Summer Game'. Mrs Neely was tasked by Wellington Cricket to decorate the Norwood Room in the R.A. Vance Stand at the Basin Reserve, designing and mounting a permanent display of historical photos and an honours board.

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NOBLE, Mr Ian Alexander

For services to farming and the community

Mr Ian Noble has contributed to the Bay of Plenty community for more than 40 years.

From the late 1970s to the early 1990s Mr Noble served Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers. He was a Dairy Company Suppliers Representative, Federated Farmers Provincial President and a Councillor on the Western Bay of Plenty District Council. As a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor since 1989 he has played a leading role in key planning documents, SmartGrowth, New Zealand's first growth management strategy and spatial plan, which he negotiated between councils and the public, and the Regional Policy Statement. He has served on a range of Council committees and was a founding member of the Bay of Plenty Agricultural Advisory Committee. He has pursued an ethos of Clean Environment - Strong Economy and advanced policy on biodiversity and pest management. He is a strong advocate for waterway protection, particularly Tauranga Harbour sedimentation removal and has campaigned across the Bay of Plenty for clear, safe farm margins and fencing. For 23 years he served as a New Zealand Arbitrator on hazardous trees and power lines legislation. Mr Noble is a member of Katikati Rotary Club and supports the Katikati Adult Riding Club by opening his hill farms for members' use.

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NORTON, Mr Keith Arthur John

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service and Urban Search and Rescue

Mr Keith Norton has been a firefighter in Christchurch for more than 38 years and has been a member of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force since 2001.

Mr Norton was President of the Christchurch Fire Fighters Social Club for 10 years and player, coach and manager of the Canterbury Fire Brigade Rugby Team from 1983 to 2013. He has been a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Christchurch since 1975 and has held at various times all executive positions in Christchurch before serving on the National Board from 2006. He is currently Council General International Representative for the Oceania Region covering 14 countries. He served on the organising committee for the World Fire Fighters Games held in Christchurch in 2002. He has been USAR liaison to the Singaporean USAR team and was one of six USAR technicians from Christchurch deployed in a team of 30 to assist with recovery work following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. He identified the need for a fire truck on the Island of Chuuk in Micronesia and sourced a truck from the New Zealand Fire Service, had it fully equipped and transported to Chuuk. Mr Norton then travelled to Chuuk to undertake training of local fire service personnel.

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PALMER, Mrs Marie Maude, JP

For services to the community

Mrs Marie Palmer has provided services to her community by helping the less fortunate, working with dysfunctional families or families with ties to gangs, palliative care for the sick, and helping to resettle people released from prison.

Since 2009 Mrs Palmer has undertaken home visits to the sick, elderly, poor and anyone else in need. Since 2009 she has made more than 230 home visits and follow ups annually, and has worked more than 300 hours per year for a small stipend providing cooking and home care for her parish priest. She is involved with the Sacred Heart Conference Hastings East of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and since 2005 she has volunteered in the St Vincent de Paul Society Op Shop. From 2001 to 2010 she was a Roving Ambassador for Cranford Hospice, assisting families, delivering talks and liaising with community organisations, having been involved with the Hospice since 1982. She has been a collector for a number of charitable organisation street day appeals since the 1980s. Mrs Palmer received a Civic Award in 2008 for her welfare and recreational work.

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PARE, Mr Nooareauri (Noo)

For services to Pacific culture and the community

Mr Noo Pare has contributed services to Pacific culture.

Mr Pare is a skilled music composer and Pacific culture expert orator who has promoted Cook Islands music, language and culture for more than 30 years in both the Cook Islands and New Zealand. Within the Cook Islands he is known not only as a musical recording artist, but also as a supporter of youth programmes, breast cancer awareness, youth musical showcasing and other community services. Within New Zealand he has contributed to the enhancement of good relations amongst migrant groups living in South Auckland, including from East Asia and the South Pacific. He has been a mentor, advisor and Pacific Islands musical entertainment talent builder for many individuals and groups and has been closely involved in Auckland Pacific Islands' festivals, Poly-fest, Kia Orana week, Cook Islands language and local community events, and other ethnic music events and composing awards festivals. Mr Pare has participated in the Nauru Islands Celebrations and is also held in high regard in Australia and Tahiti.

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PATTERSON, Mrs Beverly Dawn (Dawn)

For services to the community

Mrs Dawn Patterson has been a committee member of the Grenada Village Community Association for more than 24 years, and her voluntary contributions to community activities have been extensive.

Mrs Patterson administers all aspects of the community hall and tennis courts and each year organises the Grenada Village Children's Christmas Party for more than 60 children, as well as the community Christmas carols. She is the convenor of the Grenada Village Playgroup for pre-schoolers, which provides assistance for young mothers. She is a committee member of the Seton Nossiter Park Working Group and is a strong supporter of the park's continuing development through its replanting and maintenance programmes. In 2002, Mrs Patterson received the North Wellington Community Volunteer Service Award for outstanding voluntary service to the community.

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PATTERSON, Mr Bruce John

For services to the community

Mr Bruce Patterson has been a member of the Grenada Village Community Association for more than 23 years and has been Chairperson for the past 21 years.

Mr Patterson's involvement and contribution to community activities has been extensive and widespread. He strongly advocates for the community's interests and has been involved in many significant projects for the overall betterment of Grenada Village. For 21 years he has been the author of the 'Village News' and in 1996 he wrote the booklet 'The Belmont Viaduct', detailing the construction and history of this famous railway bridge. He has also documented the history and development of Grenada Village. In 2002 he received the North Wellington Community Service Award for outstanding voluntary service to the community and in 2004 he became an Honorary Member of the Newlands Volunteer Fire Brigade in recognition of his lobbying against the proposed closure of the Newlands Fire Station. Mr Patterson has also been the Chairperson of the Seton Nossiter Park Working Group for more than 20 years, leading an ongoing enhancement programme of this significant ecological natural reserve.

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PAYNE, Mrs Valerie Jean

For services to the community

Mrs Valerie Payne has contributed to the Mangere community for more than 50 years.

Mrs Payne has involved herself in many aspects of the community including church, sports, history and business. She has been a member of the Mangere Residents and Ratepayers' Association since 1959 (and is now Chairperson) and initiated an Association on Great Barrier Island. She has been a member of the Mangere Business Association since 1981, Secretary of the Mangere Methodist Leaders Meeting, Trust Board Member for Samoa Moni Pre-School, and member of Mangere Community Board. She has written several books on the history of the Mangere area and has been Secretary of the Mangere Historic Society for more than 12 years. She is currently helping to research the profiles of Mangere citizens who served in the two World Wars. She has actively supported local soccer and softball clubs with fundraising and projects to improve facilities and was a member of the Mangere Bridge Walking Group. Mrs Payne visits housebound and hospitalised elderly, has provided accommodation for many tourists left stranded by transport mishaps and established a place on Mangere Mountain for families to plant a tree to remember loved ones.

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PEARSON, Ms Hoana

For services to Māori and education

Ms Hoana Pearson is the Principal of Newton Central School in Auckland, where she has served since 1994 when she was appointed Māori Senior teacher in the bilingual unit. 

Her distinctive service and achievements have been in the area of leadership to reduce the gap in educational outcomes for Māori pupils. At Newton Central School she helped lead initiatives such as the development of a unique governance arrangement within the school, provision of extraordinary support to Ngāti Whātua ki Orakei by arranging for a satellite classroom at their marae, the transition into a mainstream school where at least 20 per cent of the time all pupils learn in te reo, and the creation of a te reo Māori total immersion and bilingual programme. She has worked closely with individual teachers to achieve best practices and has been recognised by the OECD Special Advisor on Education Policy for her achievements. She is a longstanding member of the Auckland Inner City Principals' Association and a contributor to the Ministry of Education led Aspiring Principals' Programme. In recognition of the national implications for mainstream schools of her Māori Medium Education work at Newton Central School Ms Pearson was recently appointed to the Education Council Transition Board.

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POPPELWELL, Mr David Bruce

For services to the community

Mr David Poppelwell has contributed to the Hastings and Auckland North Shore communities for more than 50 years.

During the period 1960 to 1987 Mr Poppelwell promoted the business, social and arts sectors in Hastings and Hawke's Bay through directorships with local newspapers, Radio Hawke's Bay and Dimensions Art Gallery. He was Chairman of the Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club, President of the Hawke's Bay Surf Association for nine years, and President of the Surf Life Saving Association of New Zealand from 1987 to 1989. He was President of Greater Hastings Promotions (Blossom Festival and Highland Games) for nine years. He has been a member of Stortford Lodge Rotary and Takapuna Rotary Club. Between 1991 and 1995 he worked as the marketing consultant/director of the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe under contract to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Zimbabwe Government. He has completed 13 years as a trustee of the performing arts and conference centre The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, planning the Centre's direction and how best to serve its diverse community. During the last two years as Chairman Mr Poppelwell has guided the Centre through North Shore City Council support to the oversight of Regional Facilities Auckland and the Auckland Council.

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RANCHHOD, Mr Raman, JP

For services to the Indian community

Mr Raman Ranchhod has contributed services to the community

Mr Raman Ranchhod is currently Senior Director of Ranchhod Group, a commercial property investment enterprise he established with his son which operates in Australasia and beyond. At an early age he became involved in the Wellington Indian Association, later serving two terms as Vice-President. He was instrumental in establishing a physical base for the Association, which is also used for social functions, and was central to many major events in the Wellington Indian community while also conducting religious Geeta classes. He has assisted many migrants to settle in New Zealand. In 2011 he established the Ranchhod Foundation to extend his philanthropic work to medical organisations, which provide voluntary treatment, and to education, health, welfare, cultural and economic development for disadvantaged people. In India he has constructed the Laduben Ranchhod Urban Health Centre in Navasary, funded free eye clinics, high tech hospital equipment, school equipment and school fees for students, continued sponsorships of 100 students, and in conjunction with World Vision, three water filtration units to rural schools. Mr Ranchhod has donated health equipment to Starship Hospital in Auckland and to hospitals in Tanzania.

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REYNOLDS, Ms Frances (Fran)

For services to the State

Ms Fran Reynolds has worked for the Department of Internal Affairs with the Visits and Ceremonial Office (VCO) for 33 years.

Ms Reynolds began in 1981 in the Department's passport section in Auckland, and provided support for the then VIP facilitator at Auckland International Airport before taking over the role. She has served with distinction over the years, making arrangements for, and meeting, VIPs from both New Zealand and overseas at Auckland Airport. She has been involved with many Guest of Government visits, some involving large delegations, requiring facilitation through the airport, and all border clearances, as efficiently as possible. Visits have been at all levels - Royal, Head of State, Papal, Head of Government and ministerial, including the frequent travel of New Zealand's Governors-General, Prime Ministers and Ministers. During APEC in 1999 she was closely involved in the visit of President Bill Clinton. Ms Reynolds has built up and maintained respected relationships with government agencies and commercial providers at Auckland Airport.

HONOURS
Member of the Tongan Royal Household Order, 2011

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ROCKEL, Mrs Jean Valentine

For services to early childhood education

Mrs Jean Rockel has contributed to early childhood education in New Zealand since the mid-1990s.

Mrs Rockel has recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in early childhood education after 21 years working at the University of Auckland and Auckland College of Education. To increase the profile of infants and toddlers in the academic and teaching communities, she founded and is the editor of the journal entitled 'The First Years: Nga Tau Tuatahi'. She also founded the Auckland Infant Toddler Network. She works with voluntary organisations such as OMEP, the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education, undertaking leadership roles and pursuing international comparative research projects. She has addressed bodies such as the World Congress of Early Childhood Education, and has been on several committees, including the Government Early Childhood Strategic Plan Working Group and advisory groups for improving the quality of early childhood education services for children aged less than two, and is part of the Ministry of Education and Office of Children's Commission Literature Reviews on quality care and education for infants and toddlers. Mrs Rockel has published internationally and nationally on early childhood education.

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ROSS, Mrs Berys Marie

For services to the community

Mrs Berys Ross has been active in the community in the Bay of Plenty area for a number of years.

Mrs Ross is currently a member of the Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal and Lotto Bay of Plenty/Gisborne Community Distribution Committee. She has been a teacher for most of her professional life, and now retired, is a partner in a horticultural business in Te Puke. She has served on kindergarten, Plunket and school committees and holds the St John's Grand Prior's Badge. She is a Patron of the Te Puke Kindergarten, has been a past member of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust, has chaired the Dillon Scholarship Committee, served on the Tauranga Women's Refuge Board for a number of years, and is a past Area Controller of Neighbourhood Support in Te Puke and the surrounding area. She continues to drive the community car for Day Owls. She chaired a Tauranga Sexual Assault Trust Board for eight years, having served on the Board for 18 years. Mrs Ross has been Chairperson and Treasurer of Bay of Plenty Zonta.

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SAMPSON, Major Barbara June

For services to the community

Major Barbara Sampson has contributed to the Salvation Army for 39 years.

Major Sampson entered training as a Salvation Army officer in 1973. Following commissioning in 1975 she and her husband were appointed to Chikankata Secondary School in Zambia. After their return to New Zealand they were given pastoral roles at New Lynn Corps in Auckland and at Sydenham in Christchurch. In 1998 she was the first married woman officer from New Zealand to attend the Salvation Army's International College for Officers in London. In 1991 she moved to the Officer Training College in Upper Hutt where she tutored cadets in pastoral care. In 1993 she wrote a book on Salvation Army pioneer women entitled 'Women of Spirit' for the centenary of women's suffrage. For six years she wrote 'Words of Life', daily devotional material for an international readership on the invitation of the General of the Salvation Army. She also published poetry, organised retreats and offered spiritual direction. In 2006 Major Sampson was appointed as team leader for the Officer Support Unit, and in 2011 she became director of the Salvation Army's Hornby Community Ministries in Christchurch, supporting people in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes.

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SIMPSON, Mr Neill Campbell

For services to conservation

Mr Neill Simpson has contributed to conservation in the Kelvin Peninsula and Queenstown Lakes District.

Mr Simpson has been employed as Wanganui Regional Museum botanist, National Park Ranger, Queenstown Lakes District Conservator and Field Centre Manager and Otago Regional Botanist. He has volunteered for the Kelvin Peninsula Community Association since 1981, initiating large scale removal of wilding pines that were invading tussock ecosystems, planting and tending road reserves for beautification and as bird habitat corridors and maintaining the Peninsula's tracks and reserves network. He was a founding member of Eco Action Group and he initiated wild tree control and assisted with the foundation of the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Trust. As a founding Trustee of the Wakatipu Islands Reforestration Trust, he instigated community planting on Pig and Pigeon Islands to restore the islands' ecologies to their natural state. Mr Simpson founded the Wakatipu Community Native Plant Nursery to collect and sow seeds of threatened and rare native plant species and has been involved with Project Gold, planting hundreds of Kowhai trees and companion natives along the Queenstown Trails network. The Nursery is open to schools and the local community to learn the importance of native plants and how to grow them.

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SINCLAIR, Mr David Neil (Neil)

For services to philanthropy and the community

Mr Neil Sinclair founded the Advance Ashburton Community Foundation in 2003, a mid-Canterbury based charitable trust which facilitates philanthropy within the community.

Mr Sinclair undertook many of the Foundation's operational roles and tasks in his own time and at his own expense, before standing down as Chair of the Foundation in 2013. He has performed all of the day-to-day financial management of the Foundation pro bono for 10 years. Under his leadership the Foundation established and has run a series of academic scholarship programmes, a local child literacy programme, a welfare programme for rural fire fighters, and numerous other community projects. The Foundation has coordinated finding premises for the Cancer Society in Ashburton following the Canterbury earthquakes, and the raising of $1.5 million to rebuild the damaged Ashburton hospital and construct a new Elective Surgery Unit. Mr Sinclair has been a Rotarian in Ashburton since 1985, holding almost every leadership position, and has served on the Parish Council for St David's Union Parish for 28 years, with 20 years as Chairman.

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SZENTIRMAY, Ms Klara Marta

For services to the Hungarian community

Ms Klara Szentirmay served in Wellington as Hungarian Honorary Consul from 2002 to 2010 and Consul-General from 2010 to 2014.

Although unpaid, Ms Szentirmay has cultivated Hungarian culture amongst descendants and non-Hungarian partners and children of Hungarians in New Zealand, developed and maintained Hungary-New Zealand diplomatic relations, assisted Hungarian immigrants to settle, and translated and provided support to Hungarians in need including in the health and prison systems. As chairperson of the Magyar Millennium Park Trust since 2002 she drove the effort to complete the Hungarian Garden project in Wellington which was started by Paul Szentirmay. She has taught Hungarian classes at the Community Education Centre for ten years and coordinated and edited a highly regarded quarterly bi-lingual factual magazine for Hungarians in New Zealand and overseas since 2002. She has led the archiving of stories of the Hungarian immigrant community across New Zealand. She was Secretary of the Wellington Consular Corps between 2009 and 2013 and led the European Forum, a group of European Community groups, for seven years, leading the organisation of three Eurofests and the annual Kaleidoscope of European Carols. Ms Szentirmay is a regular volunteer at Wellington's Mary Potter Hospice.

HONOURS
Hungarian Gold Cross (Civil Division), 2013

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TAUTOLO, Mr To'alepai Lui

For services to sport and the Samoan community

Mr To'alepai Tautolo has spearheaded a number of community fundraising projects in Auckland to support churches, schools, women's organisations, sports and cultural organisations.

Mr Tautolo is a parish councillor, finance committee member and Chairman of the fundraising committee of St Therese Catholic Church in Mangere East, and was a key member of the fundraising committee that built and established the Malaeola Headquarters for the 27 Samoan Catholic parishes of Auckland. He was appointed Cultural Advisor of Tanifa Samoa Softball team at the International Softball Federation Men's World Championships in Christchurch in 2004 and the Pacific Men's Softball Championships in Rotorua in 2005. He also provided cultural advisory support for a subsequent tour of Japan by Tanifa Samoa. He was a foundation member and President of SANZ Samoa New Zealand Golf Association in 1999. He has organised a number of golf tournaments to raise funds for various charitable causes. He coordinated a national committee of prominent Samoan sports people to establish the Samoan Sports and Leisure Association in Aotearoa in 1994 to promote healthy lifestyles through participation in sport. Mr Tautolo served as President of the Association from 1996 to 2006, and was Patron until 2013.

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TOO, Mr Hai Tong (Tong), JP

(Deceased. This award took effect on 12 November 2014; Her Majesty's approval having been signified before the date of decease.)

For services to the Chinese community

Mr Too has been a key advocate for minority groups in the Hawke's Bay for close to 40 years, helping new migrants to integrate into New Zealand society and to showcase their cultures in the community.

As a Martial Arts and Self Defence Instructor Mr Too has taught all age groups since 1975 without profit. He is a Lion dance instructor, drummer and guitarist and also teaches his skills as a hobby orchardist and market gardener. He is a founding member of Ethnic Association Hawke's Bay and the immediate past President of Multicultural Association Hawke's Bay and has been closely involved in the organisation of Hawke's Bay Diwali Festival, Asian in the Bays Awards and International Cultures Day in Hastings since inception. As a past President for 12 years of Hawke's Bay Chinese Association, he has assisted long existing and new immigrant Chinese, arranged community events and helped to host visiting Chinese delegations. Mr Too has served on the International Advisory Board of Hastings District Council, assisting Hastings and Napier's sister city relationships in China and was team leader for the New Zealand Chinese Association visit to Guangzhou for the celebration of China's 50th Anniversary. 

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VANSTONE, Mrs Jennifer Anne McKinlay

For services to the community

Mrs Jennifer Vanstone has contributed services to the community for more than 30 years.

Mrs Vanstone owns a kiwifruit orchard with her husband in Te Puke and has been involved in local voluntary organisations for many years. She has been a Committee member of the Te Puke Presbyterian Church and Te Puke Plunket and volunteers with the Junior Learning Programme at Te Puke Primary School, through which she has helped hundreds of young people learn to read. She is a long-serving Group member of the women's service club Zonta and the KiwiCoast Lions Club. She is a respected Elder of her local church. She has been the main Te Puke Area Co-ordinator of the Cancer Society Daffodil Day since it began in the Bay of Plenty 20 years ago, organising volunteers, coordinating with the Cancer Society and contacting local businesses for their support. Mrs Vanstone also promotes the Red Cross in the local community, raising valuable funds for people in need.

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WARREN, Mr Bruce Ross (Ross)

For services to the community

Mr Ross Warren has been involved in community organisations in Howick, Auckland.

Mr Warren has held roles with the Howick & Districts Historical Society, including as Chairman and Board member of the Village Administration Committee. He was also the Chairman of the Pakuranga Community Board from 2004 to 2010. He has been Treasurer and committee member of the Bucklands and Eastern Beaches Ratepayers and Residents Association, and Chairman since inception of the Howick Range Trust, which facilitated the building of the Howick Rifle Range. Mr Ross Warren was also a founding member of Howick Tourism. He has been Secretary since 1992 of the Musick Point Trust, which is chaired by his wife Shirley. Mr Warren served as a Disciplinary Sub-committee panel member for the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand from 1992 to 1997.

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WARREN, Mrs Shirley Elizabeth

For services to the community

Mrs Shirley Warren has been involved in community organisations in Howick, Auckland.

Mrs Warren has been the Chair of the Bucklands and Eastern Beaches Ratepayers and Residents Association for the last 20 years. She has been supported by her husband Ross, who has served as Treasurer and committee member of the Association. She has been active in a number of other community organisations, including as a member of the Pakuranga Community Board from 2007 to 2010, and Founder-President of the Tamaki Playcentre Association. She was a member of the Howick Local Board from 2010 to 2013, holding the Parks and Community Facilities portfolios. Mrs Warren has also been Chair of the Musick Point Trust since its inception in 1992.

HONOURS
New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal, 1993

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WATSON, Mr Alan Scott

For services as a magician

Mr Alan Watson has promoted magic as entertainment in New Zealand and internationally.

Mr Watson has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for more than 33 years, and has encouraged and mentored younger magicians in their craft.  He has organised more than 100 international lectures on the art of magic. In the last 10 years, he has arranged $70,000 of sponsorship for young magicians to attend conventions and lectures in New Zealand and Australia.  He has been on the executive committee that organised seven international magicians' conventions in New Zealand since 1979.  He has raised New Zealand's profile in international magic circles through his weekly online publication 'Magic New Zealand', which has more than 17,000 readers, and through his many published articles in international publications for magicians.  He has performed more than 100 times at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, USA, in a show designed to promote New Zealand. Since the 1990s, Mr Watson has served in a voluntary capacity as New Zealand representative on several international magic societies, including the Society of American Magicians and The Magic Circle, London.

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WATTERS, Mr Brian Stephen

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Brian Watters has contributed to the New Zealand Fire Service for more than 40 years.

Mr Watters joined the Morrinsville Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1971, attaining all officer ranks since 1983 and being appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2001. He has been the brigade Secretary and a waterway coach or competitor for many years. He has been judge, starter and field secretary of local, Provincial and National waterway competitions and supported the brigade Road Crash Rescue team. He has attended 2,216 training musters and 4,785 emergency incidents. He has been involved in Provincial and National Fire Brigade conferences since 1976 in various roles, serving as Councillor and President of the New Zealand Fire Brigades Institute. He has also served as Vice-President and then National President of the United Fire Brigades Association, to which he had previously contributed service on the Board of Governance and Remuneration Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Board. Mr Watters is one of only eight people to ever hold the position of President for both the New Zealand Fire Brigades Institute and the United Fire Brigades Association.

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WEBB, Miss Janice Diane

For services to music

Miss Janice Webb has contributed to music for more than 50 years.

Miss Webb began her performance career in the 1960s as a recitalist for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and singer in the national radio programme 'Broadcast to Schools'. She took lead roles in operas, musicals and oratorios. Before she left school teaching, she conducted several Auckland Primary Principals' Association Festivals in the town hall where approximately 15 school choirs took part. In 1992 she began teaching singing fulltime on the North Shore. In addition to teaching voice to her students she devised SING concerts, regularly held in theatres for pupils to gain stagecraft and performance experience. For more than 21 years this type of performance experience has contributed to great successes by her students in exams, competitions, auditions nationally and internationally for performance degree courses, and gaining professional work around the world. She is the Patron and a tutor of the Centre City Music Theatre and is a much sort after adjudicator at singing competitions throughout New Zealand. Miss Webb has been a tutor for the National Singing School in Hawke's Bay since the mid-1990s.

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WHIMSTER, Mr Jeremy Forbes

For services to music

Mr Jeremy Whimster has been involved in music, particularly choral singing, in the Bay of Plenty region since the 1970s.

Mr Whimster is noted for his contribution to the musical scene in Tauranga and specialises in giving young musicians and singers the opportunity to perform in concerts in the Tauranga area.  He has been the Musical Director of Tauranga Civic Choir for 20 years and has been instrumental in the development of the National Secondary Schools choral competition 'The Big Sing' which is regarded as the showpiece for young singers throughout New Zealand.  Mr Whimster has been the resident organist at the Tauranga Wesley Church for nearly 40 years and is currently serving on several music committees in the Bay of Plenty region, including the Waikato-Bay of Plenty New Zealand Choral Federation.

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WILLSMAN, Mr Peter Humphrey

For services to conservation and the community

Mr Peter Willsman has contributed to the Queenstown/Wakatipu community.

Mr Willsman was a Minister of the Presbyterian Church from 1977 to 2001 before retiring to Queenstown. He continues to provide unpaid church leadership, fundraising and outreach programme support. He co-founded the Mana Café, a Sunday morning free breakfast open to all the community as an outreach. He is a member and past Chair of the Kelvin Heights Peninsula Community Association leading work to improve the Peninsula tracks, personally driving the digger when project funding was exhausted, undertaking tree planting and control, especially wilding pines, and delivering the wood to the community, as well as conducting weed and scrub eradication. He is a co-Chair and founding Chair of the Wakatipu Community Conifer Control Group established in 2009, which now has 360 volunteers. He has encouraged communication with landowners, stakeholders and community groups, lobbied local and central Government, assisted with wilding tree removal and achieved an increased budget from $100,000 in 2009 to $1.4 million for the 2014 season. He co-founded and helped build a Native Plant Nursery now run by the Wakatipu Restoration Trust. Mr Willsman is a member and past Chair of the Wakatipu Woodcraft Guild.

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WINN, Ms Coralie Diane

For services to the arts

Ms Coralie Winn is the co-founder and creative director of Gap Filler, a Christchurch urban-regeneration initiative started in response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake.

Gap Filler works with local community groups, artists, designers, engineers, and other interested parties who want to use vacant sites and community venues for temporary and creative purposes. One project was the Pallet Pavilion, an open-air performance space constructed of shipping pallets which raised $80,000 in a month-long crowd sourced drive to keep the performance space running for an additional year. The Pallet Pavilion received the Design Institute's Silver Award for Best Spatial Design in the Temporary Installations and Exhibitions category. Other projects have included a cycle-powered cinema, the Dance-O-Mat, a coin operated dance floor that has attracted more than 5,000 people, and the Think Differently Book Exchange. Ms Winn has been involved with the creative arts in Christchurch for almost a decade. She has managed a public gallery, performed with the experimental troupe Free Theatre Christchurch since 2006, and helped revitalise the Artist in Residence programme at the Christchurch Arts Centre. In August 2013, Ms Winn was selected to for the GOOD Global Neighbourhood Challenge Pop-Up Fellowship in Los Angeles, where she shared the work of Gap Filler.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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