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New Year Honours 2016 - Citations for Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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

ABBOTT, Professor Max Wenden

 For services to health, science and education

 Professor Max Abbott has been the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences since 1991 and is a Pro Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

 Appointed first national Director of the Mental Health Foundation in 1981 Professor Abbott played a leading role in reforming New Zealand’s mental health policies, law and services. He played a key part in opening up AUT to diverse health professions and developing the AUT Millennium sport science academy and AUT South Campus. He has made original contributions to public health and mental health research and is a prolific author and international presenter. He has chaired numerous national and international conference organising committees. He was appointed President of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in 1991, going on to establish and co-chair World Mental Health Day in 1992. This Day, since held annually, plays an important part in raising the profile of mental health issues world-wide. He is currently Senior Consultant to the WFMH Board. He founded in 2003 and has since co-chaired the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research. Professor Abbott has served on numerous governmental boards and committees. He has shown strong commitment to the development of the voluntary sector, professional and community organisations to pursue health, education and welfare objectives, including varied participation at local, national and international levels.

 HONOURS
 New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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

ANDREWS, The Honourable Pamela Jean

 For services to the judiciary

 The Honourable Justice Pamela Andrews was a High Court Judge from 2006 until her retirement from the bench in 2015.

 Justice Andrews worked in the Department of Justice as a contributing author for ‘Crime in New Zealand’ before working as a writer/journalist with the Consumers’ Institute. She worked in the External Aid Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1968 to 1973 before working in the criminal and departmental prosecutions sections of the firms of Luke Cunningham and Clere. She was employed by Kensington Swan as a solicitor from 1985 to 1986, as a partner from 1988 to 2002 and as a consultant from 2002 until her appointment to the High Court. She has been a part-time member of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority and has undertaken work as a member of a Division of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. She was seconded to the Hamburg, Germany office of NZMP, a subsidiary of the New Zealand Dairy Board in 2001 to establish the position of in-house legal and compliance manager. Justice Andrews has presented papers at various conferences in New Zealand and Australia and was co-author of Brookers ‘Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure’ (2001).

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

CIVIL, Dr Ian Donald Shepherd, MBE, ED

 For services to health

 Professor Ian Civil was appointed a Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and has since continued to serve the medical profession.

 Professor Civil has been involved with the Order of St John for 20 years and currently chairs the Clinical Governance Committee and is a member of the National (Priory) Trust Board. He was appointed Director of Trauma Services with the Auckland District health Board in 1992 and subsequently held roles as the Clinical Director of General Surgery, and Director of Surgery. He has promoted information gathering and audit of trauma care regionally and nationally and in 2012 he was appointed Clinical Lead of the Major Trauma National Clinical Network. He also works for the Health Quality and Safety Commission as Clinical Lead in its Surgical Safety (NZ) Initiative. He was instrumental in introducing both the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care and Early Management of Severe Trauma courses into New Zealand and served for six years on the Executive of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care, including two years as President. Professor Civil served nine years on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Council, during which time he was elected Chair of the Board of Basic Surgical Training, Censor in Chief, and ultimately President of the College.

 HONOURS
 Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military), New Year 1992

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

HAINES, Mrs Corinne Barbara

 For services to business

 Mrs Corinne Haines has been the Managing Director of Trimble Navigation New Zealand Ltd since 2003 and has worked there for 36 years.

 Under Mrs Haines’ leadership Trimble, based in Christchurch, has expanded significantly from a team of 42 to more than 280 staff across New Zealand and has established itself as a hot bed of talent for high-tech research and development. In addition to her role as New Zealand Managing Director, she also acts as the Financial Controller for Trimble in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Singapore. She led the company through the challenges of the Christchurch earthquakes and the fire that subsequently destroyed the company’s building. She took on the project management of Trimble’s new high-tech headquarters in Christchurch and with staff moving into the new $23 million facility in April 2014. Within the company, Corinne is seen as the ‘go-to’ person and is much admired by her team. She is active in the Parish of St Barnabas where she has been the Vicar’s Warden, a member of the Church’s Vestry, administration and fair committees, head of the hospitality committee and a trustee of the fundraising Trust for the Church’s earthquake repairs. Mrs Haines is a member of the 2015 Defence White Paper Advisory Panel, helping to provide independent advice on policy guidance, capability development and organisational direction.

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

HAPI, Mr Robin Michael

 For services to Māori, the community and governance

 Mr Robin Hapi has made a leadership and governance contribution to a number of sectors in New Zealand.

 Mr Hapi is a former public servant and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission for 13 years. He is the Chair of the Council of Te Wananga-o-Raukawa, and former Chair of Business and Economic Research Ltd. He is a member of the Callaghan Innovation Board, and the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board. He is involved in leadership roles in the Foxton community, including as President of the Foxton Rugby Club, Chair of the Foxton Save our River Trust, and a Trustee of the Foxton Flax-stripper Museum Trust. He has been a convenor of the Electoral College for the Te Awahou Project to establish a Dutch Museum/Māori arts and crafts centre in Foxton. He was Adjunct Professor at Massey University. Mr Hapi is an active member of his marae communities at Te Hauke, particularly the Kahuranaki Marae as Chairman of the Kahuranaki Trust. Mr Hapi is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and was a judge at the 2015 New Zealand International Business Awards. 

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

LEE, Mr John Allandale

 For services to business and tourism

 Mr John Lee has been the driving force behind the development of a number of successful businesses in the Cardrona Valley that underpin the local economies of Queenstown and Wanaka.

 While a merino sheep farmer, Mr Lee developed businesses that continue to operate successfully today - the Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Farm, and the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground. In 1970, he purchased Mt Cardrona Station, and developed the Cardrona Ski Field. The ski field opened in 1980 and continues to host a range of domestic and international snow events. He remained managing director until 1988. The cold product proving ground was established in 1984 for northern hemisphere based car and tyre manufacturers to test new products on snow and ice conditions. He was the managing director of the Proving Ground from 1984 to 2004. Snow Farm, New Zealand's only dedicated cross-country ski-field, was developed simultaneously and hosts international teams. In 2014 the Merino Muster was included in the prestigious World Loppet series of international ski races. He was managing director of Waiorau Snow Farm from 1984 to 2010 and a director of Snow Park, a dedicated terrain park from 2000 to 2013. Mr Lee contributed greatly to the development of the Crown Range road and stable mountain roadways, to encourage use of Cardrona Ski Field, and the Snow Farm.

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

LIDDELL, Mr Christopher Pell

 For services to business and philanthropy

 Mr Christopher Liddell is an internationally recognised businessman who has been CFO for Microsoft, Vice Chairman and CFO of General Motors, CEO of Carter Holt Harvey, joint CEO of First Boston New Zealand and is the current Chairman of Xero.

 Within New Zealand Mr Liddell is Chairman of the NEXT Foundation, Director of the Rotorua Island Trust, Director of Project Janszoon – the restoration of Abel Tasman Park’s ecology, Trustee of Pure Advantage, which promotes green growth, and former Chairman of Project Crimson, a private/public partnership to save pohutukawa. He has been Patron of the Auckland University Fundraising Campaign and launched the Mount Albert Grammar School Foundation with a $1 million donation and has established two annual tertiary scholarships for students and teacher awards at the school. He is a previous director of the New Zealand Rugby Union and the New Zealand Sports Foundation. Mr Liddell was Co-founder of the New Zealand Institute and director and founding Trustee of Knowledge Wave Conferences.

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

MACKENZIE, The Honourable Alan Donald

 For services to the judiciary

 The Honourable Justice Alan MacKenzie was a judge of the High Court from 2004 until retiring in 2015.

 Justice MacKenzie has acted for governmental organisations including the New Zealand Milk Board, responsible for regulation of the town milk industry, the New Zealand Meat Producers Board and the New Zealand Dairy Board, including advising on European Union access issues for dairy products. He advised the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Overseas Investment Commission on matters including the statutory management of DFC New Zealand Ltd, the implementation of the Trustee Banks Restructuring Act 1988, and the amendment of the Reserve Bank’s legislation in 1986 and 1989. He has been involved with several administrative law cases of note over the years. He contributed to the titles ‘Nuisance’ and ‘Money’ in the Laws of New Zealand. He was the New Zealand General Representative for Lloyd’s of London from 1975 to 2000. He was Chairman and Vice President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand from 1984 to 1988. Justice MacKenzie has also undertaken work as a member of a Division of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.

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

MASFEN, Mr Peter Hanbury

 For services to business and philanthropy

 Mr Peter Masfen was a director and Chairman of Montana Wines Ltd for 30 years, during which time it became New Zealand’s largest wine producer, vineyard owner and exporter.

 Montana was taken over by Allied Domecq in 2001, a contested takeover, a feature of which was Montana’s directors achieving an equal price for all shareholders. Mr Masfen has held numerous directorships of various other companies. He was appointed to the APEC Business Advisory Council from 2001 to 2005 and was a member of the Finance Working Group. He has been involved with a number of philanthropic and charitable trusts such as the P H Masfen Charitable Trust, Woolf Fisher Trust and JAB Hellaby Endowment Trust, as well as being a Board member and Trustee of King’s College and King’s School, the latter for a period of 38 years. He was a partner in the accounting firm Porter Wigglesworth and Grayburn for 22 years before forming Corporate Investments Ltd, which subsequently became Montana Group Ltd. He has made significant donations to many charities and sporting bodies, including the foundation gift to the current Auckland Cathedral Completion Project. He has represented New Zealand at rowing and recently worked with New Zealand Rowing to fund a Mens and Womens eight for the 2015 World Rowing Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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

MATTHEWS, Mr John Brodie

 For services to the arts and engineering

 Mr John Matthews is the Governing Director of the Technix Group of Companies and a Director of Waireka Property Ltd.

 Mr Matthews managed the development of the Technix bitumen and road construction and maintenance companies until 1999 and under his leadership Technix commissioned the largest bulk bitumen terminal and integrated bitumous products manufacturing facility in New Zealand. A second terminal was commissioned in Suva, Fiji in 1998 through Technix Bitumen Pacific and manufactures various grades of bitumen for distribution throughout the Pacific Islands. He managed the development of Fitzroy Engineering in New Plymouth, which before he sold it in 1992 was one of the largest heavy engineering companies in the country. Waireka Property Ltd is being developed as New Zealand’s first indigenous tree park and is reconstructing the Omata Stockade as an historically accurate replica of that which existed in 1860 during the New Zealand Land Wars. He has served as Chairman of the Save the Taranaki Opera House Committee and Chair of the Len Lye Foundation. He facilitated the construction of the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth opened in 2015. He donated $250,000 to the city for development of the streetscape envisioned to frame the Centre. Mr Matthews has sponsored various Mechanical Engineering masters and PhD students at the University of Canterbury.

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

MCCOWAN, Professor Lesley Margaret Elizabeth, ONZM

 For services to health

 Professor Lesley McCowan has been Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland since 2009.

 Professor McCowan is a sub-specialist in maternal-fetal medicine at National Women’s Health, and her main clinical interests are in management of high risk pregnancies. She is the secretary of the New Zealand Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has chaired the perinatal mortality review process at National Women’s for many years and was a founding member of the national Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She has been the Auckland principal investigator on the international SCOPE study since 2004, which aims to identify women early in their first pregnancy who will later develop preeclampsia, preterm birth or have a growth restricted baby. The SCOPE study has established one of the best pregnancy databases in the world. In 2015 she commenced the Healthy Mums and Babies intervention trial to explore maternal obesity and the risk of complications for mother and child. She was appointed to the Board of the Health Research Council of New Zealand in 2014 and is leading a study which aims to identify modifiable risk factors for stillbirth in late pregnancy. Professor McCowan has volunteered her time for New Zealand Action on Pre-eclampsia and is a member of the Ministry of Health ‘Tackling Smoking in Pregnancy’ technical advisory group.

 HONOURS
 Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2011

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

RADFORD, Ms Virginia Margaret (Ginny), QSO, JP

 For services to Girl Guides

 Ms Ginny Radford was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 1997 for her services to Girl Guides and has since continued to serve the organisation.

 In 1999 Ms Radford was elected as Chairperson of the Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the only New Zealander to hold this position. In this role she travelled to more than 20 countries to promote Guiding and was involved with an internal study of the Long Term Vision of WAGGGS. She was appointed as Director of the Board of Girl Guides Australia in 2012. She was elected to the International Board of Trustees of AFS, previously the American Field Service, in 2008 and has served as Vice Chairperson. She was instrumental in coordinating a fundraising campaign for girls affected by the Christchurch earthquake to attend a Jamboree in Rotorua. Since 2005 she has been a Board member and Vice Chairperson of the Olave Baden-Powell Society, the global fundraising group for World Guiding, and has been a member of delegations to the Middle East and Asia to promote Guiding as a single sex organisation which local girls may safely join and develop their potential. Since 2012 Ms Radford has been an Independent Director and Chair of EMQUAL, a deliverer of tertiary emergency management qualifications.

 HONOURS
 Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for Community Service, New Year 1997

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

SIMMONDS, Ms Penelope Elsie (Penny)

 For services to education, sport and the community

 Ms Penny Simmonds has contributed to education, sport and the community in Southland since the 1990s.

 Ms Simmonds has been Chief Executive of the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) for 18 years. She implemented the Zero Fees Scheme at SIT in 2001, which has attracted thousands of students to Southland, boosting the regional economy and reversing population decline. This has provided New Zealanders with the opportunity to gain NZQA approved qualifications up to post-graduate level without incurring high levels of debt and to develop careers previously considered unattainable. She instituted a marketing strategy which successfully increased SIT’s international student numbers from 29 in 2000 to 1,000 in 2014. She is currently President of New Zealand Hockey, having previously been Vice-President for four years and Chair of Hockey Southland for six years. She played a leading role in the development of world class hockey facilities including two Olympic standard water turfs in Invercargill, at which several international tournaments have been held. She is a Board member of the Community Trust of Southland and Venture Southland and holds a key role with the newly established Youth Futures Programme. Ms Simmonds is a Trustee of Film Otago Southland.

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

Joyce (Joy) Adele, Lady SIMPSON

 For services as a philanthropist

 Joy, Lady Simpson has been involved in fundraising for more than forty years in a voluntary and professional capacity. 

 Lady Simpson has been listed as one of Christchurch’s 50 Most Powerful People for her contribution to fundraising for a wide range of projects within the city. Together with her husband Sir Gil Simpson, they have had significant impact on Christchurch philanthropically. They first met when she was fundraising for the Christchurch City Mission in the 1990s and together have generously donated, and since raised millions for capital and operational projects for the Mission.  The couple are members of the St Andrew’s College Strowan Club for those who have pledged more than $10,000 to the college. Lady Simpson is committed to the social service and cultural areas within the community, being involved in many organisations, including Chair of the Isaac Theatre Royal Foundation Board, the Garden Events Trust, and the CHDB Arts Trust.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 14 December 2015

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