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

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

FENWICK, Mr Robert George Mappin (Rob), CNZM, KStJ

For services to conservation and business

Mr Rob Fenwick has made significant contributions to New Zealand’s sustainable development, wildlife protection, waste minimisation, environmental science and Antarctica, and iwi development over the past 30 years.

Mr Fenwick leads the Predator Free New Zealand programme and chairs the trust to save the kiwi and is a champion for volunteers in conservation. During his terms as Chairman of Antarctica New Zealand he led the oversight of Antarctica’s largest wind farm development and the $30 million ANDRILL climate science project. In 2010 he initiated the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute to conduct high quality environmental science on the ice. He chairs the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge. He has co-founded a number of successful businesses, most notably Living Earth, the country’s first and largest organic waste processing company. He led the development of New Zealand’s waste strategy which resulted in legislation to minimise waste and was inaugural chairman of the Government’s Waste Advisory Board. He was co-founder and chairman of New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and sits on advisory boards for Air New Zealand, Westpac, NEXT Foundation, Department of Conservation and Local Government New Zealand. He has close ties to Ngati Whatua and led the establishment of their successful broadcasting business MaiFM and is now a director of Ngati Whatua Orakei’s corporate board. Mr Fenwick has been chairman of St John in New Zealand and the Fred Hollows Foundation.

HONOURS
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen Birthday 2008
Knight of Grace, Order of St John, 2006

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

FRIEDLANDER, Mr Michael, CNZM

For services to philanthropy

Mr Michael Friedlander has contributed philanthropically through the Friedlander Foundation to many local businesses and organisations in the Auckland region since the 1960s.

The Foundation funds the bi-annual Harriet Friedlander Art Residency in New York and continues to be a major donor to the Auckland Art Gallery, Venice Biennale and Sculptor in the Park Ponsonby. Mr Friedlander has been a longstanding donor to Great Potentials, the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY programme), Youthtown, Foundation for Youth Development and Outward Bound. He has funded research programmes for dyslexia in children and regenerative and stem cell medicine for children with severe conditions. He has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as a member of the World Fellowship since 1990. In 2014 the Friedlander Foundation provided opportunities for 42 young people from low decile schools to register at the Bronze level of the Award and a further 60 places have been offered in 2015 for young people to commence at the Bronze level, while the initial 42 young people have been able to move on to the Silver level.

HONOURS
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen’s Birthday 2010

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

MACE, Mr Christopher Robert, CNZM

For services to science and education

Mr Christopher Mace has been Chairman of NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) since 2009.

During this time Mr Mace has forged relationships with other scientific entities and worked on improving the financial performance of NIWA. He chaired Auckland University’s South Pacific Marine Science Advisory Board from 2006 to 2012. In this role he assisted in guiding the development of the Leigh Marine Research Centre of the University. He was also a member of the University’s Campaign Leadership Committee from 2007 to 2012. He was Chairman of the Board of a joint effort between the Universities of Auckland, Wellington and Otago to establish a National Platform for advanced teaching and postgraduate research in marine sciences. He is currently a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Awards Selection panel and was a team leader of the Young Blake expeditions to the Kermadecs in 2012 and the Sub-Antarctic in 2014. He continues to serve on the Antarctic Heritage Trust Board, having joined in 2003. Mr Mace has supported the arts through the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Theatre Company, the Venice Biennale, the Arts Foundation and the Auckland Writers Festival.

HONOURS
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2005

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

TE REI, Mr Matiu Nohorua

For services to Māori

Mr Matiu Te Rei has served the Māori community in health, education, economic development, culture and Treaty of Waitangi Resolution.

Since 1989 Mr Te Rei has been pivotal in the growth of Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangatira, the development organisation for the Ngāti Toa Rangatira people, of which he is Executive Director. In this role he has led the establishment of a primary health service comprising four medical centres, a specialist nursing and health workers service, an addictions and primary mental health service and a disability residential service. He has been Principal advisor to the Runanga Council on the tribe’s business investments and operations and has led the Runanga’s promotion of tribal language, history and traditional customs. Since 1986 he has been responsible for preparing and leading Ngāti Toa’s Treaty of Waitangi claim and for developing the post-settlement entity and its organisational structure. He has served as Chair of Te Ohu Kai Moana Trust and Director of Kura Ltd. He is Negotiator for the Aquaculture Settlement, Chair of the Iwi Aquaculture Committee and led the legal challenge for the Foreshore and Seabed. Mr Te Rei is a founding member, Foundation Director and Te Purutanga Mauri of the Māori University Te Wānanga O Raukawa.

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

YOUNG, The Honourable Ronald Leslie (Ron)

For services to the judiciary

The Honourable Justice Ronald Young was a Judge of the High Court from 2001 until his retirement in 2015.

Justice Young was Chief District Court Judge from 1993 until 2001, having previously been appointed a District Court Judge in Dunedin with a Jury and Youth Court warrant from 1988. As Chief District Court Judge he was responsible for the effective and efficient running of the complement of 112 Judges from criminal, civil and Family and Youth court jurisdictions. He was a member of the Chief Justice’s panel reviewing media televising, photographing and use of sound recording in court. He was the driving force behind the judicial orientation programme for new Judges. He has sat on the Divisional Courts of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand and is also a Judge of the Vanuatu Court of Appeal. He was appointed President of the Electoral Commission in 2000. Justice Young was a solicitor with the Hamilton firm of McCaw Lewis Chapman before becoming a partner from 1977 to 1988.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 23 May 2016

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