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New YearHonours 2017 - Citations for Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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

BURROWS, Emeritus Professor John Frederick, ONZM, QC

For services to the State

Emeritus Professor John Burrows is a law lecturer, author, former member of the Law Commission, and was co-chairman of the Panel which reviewed the New Zealand constitution in 2012 and 2013.

Professor Burrows was appointed the Chair of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel in February 2015. The Panel was charged with designing and leading the public engagement process to consider the New Zealand Flag. The Panel sought alternative flag designs and suggestions from the public, selected the longlist and final shortlist, and carried out a public communications role in the lead-up to the first and second referendums. 1.75 million New Zealanders engaged with the process online, and the Panel received more than 10,000 flag design suggestions. Turnout for the first referendum was 48.78 percent of enrolled voters, and turnout for the second referendum was 67.8 percent of enrolled voters (more than 2 million New Zealanders). Professor Burrows led the Panel throughout the flag consideration project, and undertook a significant amount of unpaid work, particularly in promoting the public engagement process, and supporting and participating in media activities. Professor Burrows’ chairmanship was notable for its professionalism, and for his careful and considered approach and commitment to delivering an inclusive process resulting in significant public engagement.

HONOURS

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2013

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

FRATER, The Honourable Marion Anne

For services to the judiciary

The Honourable Marion Frater is Deputy Chairperson of the New Zealand Parole Board, a position she has held since 2007. 

Justice Frater was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Public Protection Order Review Panel in 2016. She was a Judge of the High Court from 2003 to 2007. Previously, she was a Judge of the District Court from 1990, where she sat in both the Family Court and the criminal jury trial jurisdictions and held the leadership role of Family Court Administrative Judge. She represented the District Court on the New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education Committee from 1994 to 2002, and was a member of judicial committees organising the 1993 International Conference of Women Judges and advising on gender equity and family violence issues. She has been a committee member of the New Zealand Association of Women Judges and was Chairperson of the Arohata Prison Board from 1999 to 2002. Justice Frater is a Life Member of the Wellington Women Lawyer’s Association and was a member of the Council of the Wellington District Law Society from 1988 to 1990.

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

GOFF, The Honourable Philip Bruce (Phil)

For services as a Member of Parliament

The Honourable Phil Goff has been the Member of Parliament for Mount Roskill and was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party from November 2008 to December 2011.

Mr Goff first stood for and was elected as the Member for the Roskill electorate in the 1981 elections, holding the seat until 1990. He became a Cabinet Minister in the Fourth Labour government following the 1984 election and held the portfolios for Housing, Employment, Environment, Youth Affairs, Tourism and Education during the period from 1984 until 1990. He was re-elected as MP for Roskill in 1993 and under the Fifth Labour government led by Prime Minister Helen Clark in 1999 he became Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Minister of Justice. From 1999 to 2008 he was Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, as well as Minister of Corrections at various points during this period. In 2005 he became Minister of Defence and Disarmament. In 2008, as Minister of Trade, he signed the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement, which had been negotiated over the preceding three years. Mr Goff retained his seat as MP for Mount Roskill in the 1999 election, and continued to hold this electorate until 2016.

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

HOWMAN, Mr David

For services to sport

Mr David Howman was Director General of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) from 2003 until July 2016, and was instrumental in shaping WADA into a highly respected and unified global organisation leading the fight against doping and wider issues of corruption and bribery in sport.

Mr Howman began his time with WADA in 1999 as a Foundation Board member representing Oceania, and served as Chair of the Legal Committee. He was Deputy Chair of the Independent Anti Doping Observer team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and the Chair of that mission at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. His time as Director General has enhanced New Zealand’s reputation for promoting the integrity and value of sport. He was responsible for drafting WADA’s sport anti doping Code, which has been universally adopted by international member bodies. He was instrumental in developing the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2005, which has been ratified by 183 of the world’s 195 UNESCO member states. He was Chair of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency between 2000 and 2003. Mr Howman has been Chair of New Zealand Tennis and a Board member for the Hillary Commission for Sport, Fitness and Leisure.

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

KAMO, Mrs Mary Catherine

For services to the welfare of prisoners

Mrs Mary Kamo was the first laywoman appointed to the New Zealand prison chaplaincy and recently resigned after 33 years working with prisoners at Christchurch Women’s, Paparua Men’s and Rolleston Prisons.

Mrs Kamo initially focused on providing ministry to prisoners and then increased the scope of her work to include counselling and support to both prisoners and staff. Her interest in inmates’ lives has often extended beyond the prison gates, as she has sought to help them successfully reintegrate into society. As well as offering inmates spiritual guidance, she has helped with their in practical needs outside prison, often at her own expense. She has been an early advocate for restorative justice and after the Canterbury earthquakes she was involved with the Community Justice Panel, which provided an alternative to court for low-level offenders. Along with her husband she has been kaumatua to Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou, a charity that aims to break cycles of inter-generational offending by ensuring children with a parent in a New Zealand prison has access to support services. Mrs Kamo is a member of the Maori Women’s Welfare League and is a strong advocate against violence towards women.

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KEANE, The Honourable Patrick John

For services to the judiciary

The Honourable Patrick Keane retired as a Judge of the High Court in 2016, having been appointed in 2003.

Justice Keane worked for the firm of Rudd Watts and Stone as a Crown Solicitor from 1977 to 1979. He was counsel for the Crown parties at the Commission of Inquiry into the Abbotsford Landslip in 1980. He was advisor to the Crown in respect of New Zealand Steel expansion and Comalco and other power supply contracts, and dealt with commercial litigation on behalf of the firm of Watts and Paterson from 1980 to 1985. He was appointed Crown Counsel at the Crown Law Office from 1985 to 1987. He was appointed a District Court Judge and Taxation Review Authority in 1987 and held Family Court and Trial warrants. He has been involved in Law Society work as a member of various committees tasked with legal education, judgement writing courses and reviewing security issues in the Family Court. He is regarded as an expert on judgement writing in New Zealand and Australia, where he has contributed to a number of courses for judges. Justice Keane has also undertaken work as a member of a Division of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.

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LUXTON, The Honourable Murray John Finlay (John), QSO

For services to the dairy industry

The Honourable John Luxton stepped down as Chairman of DairyNZ in 2015, having held the position since 2008.

Mr Luxton oversaw the development of DairyNZ, an "industry good organisation" that was created with the merger of Dexcel and Dairy Insight, and which was the first dairy industry body of its kind. He has played a key role in a number of significant policy and legislative changes in New Zealand, including the foundation policy work that led to the formation of Fonterra and the deregulation of producer boards. He led the dairy industry through a significant growth phase, with jobs in the industry peaking at 42,240 employees while contributing $13.2 billion to export revenue for 2014/2015. He has represented the industry as part of the Trade Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, helped launch a new strategy for sustainable dairy farming and a new water accord in 2013, championed research and development and education within the industry, established the Waikato Dairy Leaders Group and chaired the Industry Leaders Forum. He is a former Chair of the Tatua Co-op and a founder of Open Country Dairies and Kaimai Cheese companies. Mr Luxton is co-Chair of the Waikato River Authority, Chair of the Asia New Zealand Foundation and Hauraki Iwi-owned Pouarua Farm Partnership.

HONOURS

Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for Public Services, Queen’s Birthday 2003

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

RENNIE, Mr Iain Robert

For services to the State

Mr Iain Rennie was State Services Commissioner from 2008 until 2016, having previously been Deputy State Services Commissioner from 2007.

In this role Mr Rennie was responsible for the appointment of 38 Public Service Chief Executives and reappointment of 40 Public Service Chief Executives. A particular focus of his was increasing the number of women in Chief Executive positions from 15 percent in 2010 to 40 percent in 2016. He has seen the creation of Better Public Services, the Performance Improvement Framework, and new approaches to the development of Public Service leaders, which have provided Chief Executives with strategies and tools to lift the performance of the State Services. He contributed to the introduction of the ten BPS Results and functional leadership roles. He led work on the review and updating of the State Sector and Public Finance Acts in 2013. Between 1997 and 2007 he held three Deputy Secretary positions within the Treasury. Mr Rennie first joined the Treasury in 1986 and also held positions with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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ROSE, Mr Paul Randolph

For services to ophthalmology and optometry

Mr Paul Rose is an optometrist who designed the RoseK contact lens and fitting system for patients with keratoconus.

Mr Rose started his own practice in optometry in 1969, where he treated a number of patients with keratoconus (a cornea with a cone shape), a condition which proved problematic for fitting contact lenses. Over the course of a decade he worked on developing a lens design and fitting system that would be easy for the average optometrist to fit keratoconic patients. His first diagnostic set was able to fit 80 percent of keratoconic eyes with a 75 percent success rate, a much higher rate than had been previously achieved by his New Zealand colleagues. He made his RoseK lens and fitting system available to New Zealand optometrists and ophthalmologists in 1989, with Australian optometrists soon following. In 1994 Mr Rose was able to gain Food and Drug Administration approval for the lens design to be distributed in the United States, with the lens design subsequently distributed internationally in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. The RoseK lens series is now the most popular lens for keratoconus around the world and is prescribed in more than 90 countries with a success rate of more than 80 percent.

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STANLEY, Mr Michael Rowland

For services to sport

Mr Michael Stanley has been President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee since 2009 and represents New Zealand at meetings of the Oceania National Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the Commonawealth Games Federation.

Mr Stanley has been a selector for teams attending Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic Games. He played a significant role in the development of the AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health in Auckland, as a Trustee and as Chief Executive since 2004. He has played a leading role in high performance sport as a former Chairman of the New Zealand Academy of Sport North Island and as a Board member of High Performance Sport New Zealand. He has been a world champion and Olympic rower and in 1995 was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame with members of the 1982 eight oar crew. He was CEO of Rowing New Zealand from 1994 to 2003 and a Board member from 2004 to 2009. Mr Stanley has coached rowing at Westlake Boys High School for more than 15 years and is President of the North Shore Rowing Club.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 15 December 2016

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