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

To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

BONIFACE, Mr Neil Douglas, JP

For services to local government and the community

Mr Neil Boniface is one of New Zealand’s longest serving city councillors, having first been elected to the Invercargill City Council in 1974 and has served on the City Council continuously since 1980.

Mr Boniface has held most roles with the Council, including 12 years as Deputy Mayor. He was Director of Electricity Invercargill Ltd for 24 years and was elected to serve on the Invercargill Licensing Trust Board for 27 years, six of those as Deputy President. He served as President of the Southland Justices of the Peace Association from 2013 to 2015 and continues to be the training officer for newly appointed JPs. He was a founding member of the steering committee for the Invercargill Citizens Advice Bureau and played a key role in its establishment and development over the past 38 years, during which time he has served continuously on the management committee and was Chairperson from 2007 to 2012. He was the key founder of the Southland Warm Homes Trust established in 2008 to facilitate the insulation of homes in a region with some of the oldest housing stock in the country and the most inclement weather. Mr Boniface has been Chair of the Southland Relay for Life Committee since inception and has been a Rotarian for 17 years.

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MCAUSLAN, Judge Sharon Elizabeth Couper

For services to the judiciary

Judge Sharon McAuslan was a District Court Judge from 1995 until her retirement in 2015.

Judge McAuslan was appointed to the Auckland District Court in 1995 before transferring to the North Shore District Court and finally to the Manukau District Court in 2000, where she remained until her retirement in 2015. While on the bench she served as the Criminal Liaison Judge for Papakura and Pukekohe District Courts. She was a member of the District Court Jury Judges Committee. Prior to her Judicial appointment she was an examiner for overseas lawyers seeking to qualify to practice in New Zealand at the University of Auckland. She has presented at numerous New Zealand Law Society seminars and was involved for a number of years as a team leader assisting with the Law Society’s Litigation Skills Programme. Judge McAuslan worked for the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Auckland in the early 1990s as a Senior Crown prosecutor.

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To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

MCINTYRE, Ms Stephanie

For services to the community

Ms Stephanie McIntyre has been a champion of the most vulnerable Wellingtonians throughout her working career, serving as the Social Justice Commissioner for the Anglican Church before becoming Director of Wellington’s Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) in 2004.

At DCM Ms McIntyre and her team assist people to put their lives back together through programmes which are practical, useful and innovative. Deeply committee to respecting and uplifting mana, they see many people make dramatic changes in their lives, becoming housed for the first time in their adult lives and achieving wellbeing and reconnection. She has worked to see the reality of homelessness placed firmly on the map and is a dedicated advocate for those whose alcohol dependence results in them ending up on the streets of Wellington. She has championed the establishment of harm reduction accommodation and in 2007 received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to the United Kingdom, United States and Canada to research ‘wet housing’ options. DCM’s annual bookfair fundraiser has become an iconic Wellington event. Under Ms McIntyre’s leadership DCM received the Dominion Post Choice Charity Award in 2013.

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To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

MOOIJ, Mrs Lynda

For services to foster care

Mrs Lynda Mooij and her husband John Mooij have been Child Youth and Family foster carers for 24 years, providing care for 11 children with high and complex needs in that time.

Having already had five biological children from previous marriages, Mr and Mrs Mooij decided they also had room to foster more children. Three of the foster children taken on by the couple have been provided permanent care and are now aged 31, 20 and 15. Their first foster daughter had severe medical conditions and was given a short life expectancy and their second foster child was a young man with down syndrome. They decided to focus on fostering children with intellectual or physical disabilities, recognising how hard it could be to find placements for these children. Their third foster child arrived with foetal alcohol syndrome, and with little knowledge of the condition Mrs Mooij joined a support group in Invercargill to ensure she could care for her foster daughter, later becoming the Southland community support person for helping families dealing with foetal alcohol syndrome. She has also delivered talks on the condition, including at the Fostering Kids conference in 2014. Mr and Mrs Mooij have received no remuneration for their foster care service.

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To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

NOBLE, Mr David Jonathan

For services to the State

Mr David Noble has been Chief Parliamentary Counsel since 2007, and has contributed to the effective operation of the executive, legislative and judicial wings of government through his leadership on drafting matters.

Mr Noble’s leadership has established the Parliamentary Counsel Office as a modern and leading example amongst offices of its kind internationally. Under his leadership, the Parliamentary Counsel Office has delivered an accelerated programme of Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement bills, and established the Pacific Island desk to assist with legislative drafting resource in the Pacific Islands. Mr Noble also achieved the delivery of the New Zealand Legislation System website and database, which ensures that the public has reliable access to Acts, Bills, and other legislative instruments.

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To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

SMITH, Ms Phillippa Catherine

For services to the State

Ms Phillippa Smith has been involved in the New Zealand public sector for more than 20 years in her roles as the inaugural Assistant Auditor-General Legal, Chief Advisor Legal in the State Services Commission and as Deputy Controller and Auditor-General from 2005 to 2015.

Ms Smith has led a number of reviews and inquiries, including the David Beckham/Mount Smart stadium inquiry, Sky City convention centre inquiry, the inquiry into aspects of ACC’s board-level governance, and the reviews of the response of the New Zealand Police to the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct. She performed the review of the Office of the Auditor-General’s handling of the complaints about Kaipara District Council’s wastewater scheme. She has contributed to the development of the structure and management of the Office of the Auditor-General, including the establishment of a new inquiries team. She played a key role as a member of the steering group for the five year policy and legislative process leading to the enactment of the Crown Entities Act 2004. She has presented internationally on independence, the constitutional role of the Auditor-General, conflicts of interest and governance. Ms Smith led the international team which completed a peer review of the Irish Audit Office.

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To be a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

VON TUNZELMANN, Ms Adrienne Fay

For services to governance and the community

Ms Adrienne von Tunzelmann has made significant contributions to governance and management across public and not-for-profit sectors.

Ms von Tunzelmann has had policy leadership in key areas of government and in inter-government negotiations, working at the Treasury, Ministry of Justice, and Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. She has been National President of the Institute of Public Administration and Deputy Chair of the New Zealand College of Management. She has held many roles aimed at enhancing legislation in New Zealand, such as membership of the Legislation Advisory Committee and Chair of the Consultative Group on Business Law on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. She was the chair of the New Zealand Women’s Refuge Foundation, is Vice President of Age Concern New Zealand, a member of the Council of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, a member of the PHARMAC Consumer Advisory Committee, and is a patron of the Tauranga Community Housing Trust, which provides housing for people with disabilities. She is a prominent member of the Tauranga community, where she has served as President of the Tauranga Region Chamber of Commerce, and led a revitalisation of the Chamber’s Business Women’s Network. Ms von Tunzelmann was a Trustee of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust.

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Honorary

To be an Honorary Companion of the Queen’s Service Order:

MOOIJ, Mr Johannes (John)

For services to foster care

Mr John Mooij and his wife Lynda Mooij have been Child Youth and Family foster carers for 24 years, providing care for 11 children with high and complex needs in that time.

Having already had five biological children from previous marriages, Mr and Mrs Mooij decided they also had room to foster more children. Three of the foster children taken on by the couple have been provided permanent care and are now aged 31, 20 and 15. Their first foster daughter had severe medical conditions and was given a short life expectancy and their second foster child was a young man with down syndrome. They decided to focus on fostering children with intellectual or physical disabilities, recognising how hard it could be to find placements for these children and that they had the skills to nurture them. Their third foster child arrived with foetal alcohol syndrome, and with little knowledge of the condition Mrs Mooij joined a support group in Invercargill to ensure she could care for her. Mr and Mrs Mooij have received no remuneration for their foster care service and have strived to ensure that the children they have fostered receive the best care, education and life experiences possible.

Last updated: 
Monday, 23 May 2016

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