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The Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List 2016 - Citations for Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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

BROUGHTON, Professor John Renata, ED

For services to Māori health, theatre and the community

Professor John Broughton is currently Professor in Māori Health, Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, Otago Medical School.

Professor Broughton was previously a founding Director of the Ngai Tahu Māori Health Research Unit from 1996 to 2011 and established and has been Director of the Māori Dental Health Clinic at the School of Dentistry since 1990. He is the New Zealand principal investigator for an international collaborative Indigenous Health Research Partnership studying early childhood dental caries in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He has written and/or co-produced more than 22 theatre productions that have been performed nationally and internationally for general audiences as well as in schools, Marae and prisons. He has been a member of the Māori Advisory Committee for the Otago Museum since 2000 and of the Mana Whenua Committee of the Otago Settlers Museum from 1995 to 2010. He was co-curator of the exhibition Te Ao Māori which opened in China in 2011. He has been Trustee of the Montecillo Veterans’ Home and Hospital and a member of the ethic and clinical committee in 2011. He is Board Chair of the New Zealand Institute for Cancer Research. Professor Broughton was Chairman of the Araiteuru Marae Council from 1983 to 1988 and is a Life Member.

HONOURS
Efficiency Decoration, 1992

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DAWSON, Ms Janice Amelia (Jan)

For services to governance

Ms Jan Dawson has made and extensive contribution to the New Zealand business sector and has been involved in the governance of a number of the largest commercial entities in New Zealand.

Ms Dawson’s professional directorships have included Air New Zealand, AIG Insurance New Zealand, Meridian Energy, Goodman Fielder, Counties Manukau District Health Board and Beca. She was appointed Chair of the Board of Westpac New Zealand in 2015 and is the first New Zealand woman to Chair the board of one of the major banks. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial and accounting sector and is the former Chair and Chief Executive of KPMG New Zealand. She has served on the University of Auckland Council, the Capital Investment Committee of the National Health board since 2011, and as a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum. She was the first woman President and was Board Chair of Yachting New Zealand from 2007 to 2013. Ms Dawson has been a judge of the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards, which distribute more than $1.65 million in grants to young people achieving excellence in the North Harbour region.

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

FARRANT, Mr George Gerald

For services to heritage preservation

Mr George Farrant has been Heritage Manager since 1982 and Principal Heritage Advisor since 2010 for the Auckland City Council and is recognised as a national leader in heritage protection.

Mr Farrant developed an innovative heritage protection system that established a comprehensive assessment process to identify and protect heritage buildings, items, trees, archaeology, geology and conservation zones in Auckland’s city and Hauraki Gulf Islands. He has collaborated with iwi to identify places of cultural significance and led negotiations with landowners to protect these sites. He developed systems of outreach into the community to allow groups and individuals to identify and recommend heritage protection to the Council. He has presided over numerous heritage restoration projects including the restoration of the iconic Civic Theatre, the restoration of Auckland Town Hall, the Auckland Art Gallery, and the Pah Homestead. He developed the concept of the Auckland Heritage Festival, which has run for ten years. Mr Farrant has contributed to the development of heritage policy in the Resource Management Act, in national and regional forums and has worked with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust to prepare documents on heritage good practice.

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

JONES, Ms Myrlene Dawn (Dawn), OBE, JP

For services to netball and education

Ms Dawn Jones has had extensive experience as an administrator and assessor of netball umpiring worldwide, most recently drawing up the Africa A award structure.

In 2008 when the International Netball Federation established advisory panels for coaching, umpiring and rules, Ms Jones was appointed to chair the panel responsible for international umpiring, a position she held until 2013. As a member of the INF Rules Panel she has also made a significant contribution to the revised Rules of Netball, including a new rule book with worldwide application. She has served on Umpire Panels at Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Youth Championships. In 1993 she was co-founder of the Senior College of New Zealand and remained foundation principal until retiring from teaching in 2003. She also helped establish other related schools and was the first CEO of the Academic Colleges Group, consisting of several educational institutions in New Zealand and overseas. Ms Jones subsequently established the administrative office of the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand and was its first Administrator.

HONOURS
Officer of the Order of the British Empire, New Year 1994

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MCCARTHY, Dr Dianne Christine, ONZM

For services to science, business and women

Dr Dianne McCarthy was Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2007 until 2014 and is passionate about encouraging women to commence careers and develop their leadership potential within science and research.

During her tenure Dr McCarthy raised the profile of the Society, strengthened its financial position and promoted a number of new initiatives, including the establishment of the Rutherford Foundation Trust and the development of the Society’s new national headquarters in Wellington. She oversaw the 2011 launch of the National Primary Science Week in schools. She co- established the New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme. She is a member of the jury for selecting recipients of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships. She is a member of the Board of the Cawthron Institute, a not-for-profit water science research organisation based in Nelson, and a Director of Powerhouse Ventures Ltd which creates start-up companies that take New Zealand science and engineering-based innovation to market. She has been a Trustee of the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum. She has been a Director on the Board of Grow Wellington and was a founding Trustee of the Business Trust Marlborough.

HONOURS
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2008

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

MILLER, Dr Thomas Ernest (Tom)

For services to medical research

Dr Tom Miller has contributed to medical research for 60 years and has published more than 140 works.

Dr Miller played a key role in the 1960s in the development of the research platform required to establish a School of Medicine in Auckland, focusing on kidney disease, specifically pyelonephritis. His studies of the disease over 30 years were published in many top ranked medical journals and led to overseas collaborations. He joined the University of Auckland in 1994, where he is now Emeritus Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine. From 1994 to 2001 he was Scientific Secretary to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, during which time he overhauled the grant processing procedures to reflect a more open and fair peer-review process. His systems are still in use today. He also took up a position with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand to help them establish a research programme. In the 2000s he focused on the field of infection control and his resulting analysis and publications saw him recognised as a world expert in the field and has resulted in significant change in infection control practice in hospitals around the world. Dr Miller is currently a member of the Auckland Medical Historical Society.

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PRINCE, Ms Jennifer Mary (Jenny)

For services to children and children's health

Ms Jenny Prince is a dedicated advocate for children and families, and has been involved with the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society for more than 30 years.

Ms Prince originally started working with the organisation as a volunteer, and was appointed as Plunket’s first female chief executive in 2009. She led the $15 million digitisation of Plunket’s services under the PlunketPlus service, which will help Plunket nurses better manage their time and benefit a greater number of new parents and babies. She is a registered nurse who has also contributed her expertise on a wider scale to the health and wellbeing of children through her involvement with organisations such as Waikato Hospital School of Nursing, and through volunteer work as village clinic nurse in Tonga, and in the South Auckland community with physically disabled children. Ms Prince has also held a number of leadership roles, for government initiatives such as the Government Green Paper on Vulnerable Children, and on a wider scale as a spokesperson for the strategic group Every Child Counts, a coalition of Plunket, Barnardos, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Te Kahui Mana Ririki.

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TEMARA, Professor William Te Rangiua (Pou)

For services to Māori and education

Professor Pou Temara is Professor of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori at Waikato University and is a recognised exponent of the art of whaikōrero (oratory) and mau rākau (Māori weapons handling).

Professor Temara is one of three directors of the Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori programme, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language under the umbrella of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He was one of the key founders of the programme and has contributed to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s Māori language strategy to improve the quality of Te Reo Māori throughout the country. Graduates of the programme are regarded amongst Māoridom as amongst the elite in the usage of Māori language, in great part due to his tutelage. He has previously been a kaumatua and lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Temara was the primary spokesperson for the Māori King for the Royal visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Tūrangawaewae in 2015.

Last updated: 
Monday, 23 May 2016

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