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Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 - Citations for Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

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

BAIN, Mr John Walker, JP

For services to the community and sport

Mr John Bain has contributed to the Northland community for more than 35 years.

Mr Bain has been closely involved in sports committees, raising funds for the North Auckland Rugby Union to successfully bring it into a sound financial position, and serving on the Whangarei Golf Club Committee. In the 1990s he joined the Sport Northland Board, returning in 2011 and fundraising for a new Sport Northland base. He was Whangaruru Rugby Coach for Māori Youth from 1992 to 1994. He joined the Whangarei St John Ambulance Area Committee in 1977 and has served as its Chairman since 1984. He helped raise funds to build a new ambulance station in the 1970s. His has been a member of the St John Ambulance Northern Regional Committee, the Northern Regional Trust Board, and in 2014 he was appointed a Member of Priory Chapter, National. He served for 25 years as the initial founder, Chairman and fundraiser for the rescue air ambulance charity Northland Emergency Services Trust. Since 2003 Mr Bain has been a member of Northland District Health Board and the Northern Regional Council, of which he was Deputy Chairman from 2000 to 2013.

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BOND, Mrs Colleen Margaret

For services to netball

Mrs Colleen Bond has been involved with the sport of netball for more than 40 years as a player, coach, umpire and administrator.

Mrs Bond was a player of club and representative netball until 2001. She has umpired in the Eastern Southland Netball Saturday Competition since 1967. At a national level she has umpired at the Netball New Zealand (NNZ) National Championships, the Coca Cola/National Bank Cup from 1997 to 2003, and for the Netball New Zealand National Umpires Squad. Internationally she umpired for the Asian Youth Games in 2002 and the World Championship in Jamaica in 2003. Since the 1970s she has tutored umpires at regional and national levels, and been a practical examiner for local and regional levels. She was an NNZ Panel Tester from 2001 to 2009, and since 2003 has been Netball Southland South Island Secondary Schools Umpire Tournament Coach and a member of the NNZ Coaching Panel at various tournaments since 2005. Since 2012 she has been an International Testing Panel Cadet and a member of the Australia/New Zealand Championship Umpire Coaching Panel. She has coached various teams at a range of levels since the 1980s. Mrs Bond was involved in netball administration, particularly with the Eastern Southland Netball Umpires Association, for close to 30 years.

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BROWNING, Mr Andrew Garth (Garth)

For services to health and the community

Mr Garth Browning has worked to improve the lives of addicts and people with mental health issues on a voluntary basis.

Mr Browning was Assistant Manager of the Auckland Drug Information Outreach Trust from 2000 to 2003 and is currently New Plymouth Coordinator of the Needle Exchange Services Trust. He has engaged with various agencies in the community to protect the health of drug addicts, helping them with accommodation and access to health services. He gives public presentations and education sessions at Bridge programmes and Alcohol and Drug clinics. He has been involved with a number of public initiatives for safe handling of needles and syringes. He has been involved with the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, helping to organise training camps and establish equality of access to health providers for Māori. He initiated a physical presence at Big Gay Out events to educate people about HIV and Hepatitis B and C. He has been involved with Body Positive, an advocacy group for people with HIV/Aids. He is a founding member and advisor for Rainbow Taranaki, a LGBT youth support group. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Mr Browning assisted with the organisation of the 'Turn the Living Page' programme at Puke Ariki library, where members of the public could talk with mental health clients about their conditions.

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BURKHARDT, Mr Henri Jacques (Harry)

For services to Māori

Mr Harry Burkhardt has made contributions to Māori, health and the arts.

Mr Burkhardt has been the Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, which trades as Te Puia, since 2007. He is currently the Chairman of the Ngāti Kuri Trust Board and also was one of their Treaty Negotiators. He is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Panel for Primary Growth Partnerships, an executive member of the Packaging Council and a trustee on the A+ Trust. He was an appointed Board Member on the Auckland District Health Board from 2003 to 2010. He chaired the Audit Risk and Finance Committee from 2004 to 2007 and was then Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Finance Committee from 2007 to 2010. He chaired the Ngāti Whatua o Orakei Health Clinic from 2010 to 2014. In 2007 Mr Burkhardt was part of a Māori Economic Development working group in Taranaki, a joint initiative between Venture Taranaki and the Māori Health provider Tui Ora.

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CLAPHAM, Ms Linda Maldwyn

For services to the community

Ms Linda Clapham was instrumental in the formation of the Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust in 2002 in an effort to revitalise the small township.

Ms Clapham served as a foundation member and later as CEO of the Trust. Establishing the Trust involved securing the support of the Northland, Whangarei and Auckland Councils and petitioning the Rodney District Council and Auckland Regional Councils to obtain approval for sewer and water utilities for Te Hana, as well as the lease of an area of the Te Hana reserve for the Trust to develop a Cultural Tourism Centre and community marae to serve the Auckland and Northland regions. She utilised her skills as an architect to oversee the construction of the buildings and pre-European Pa and village which now comprise the Te Hana Te Ao Marama Māori Cultural Centre. She oversaw the raising of funds towards the completion of the project and successfully obtained Qualmark status for the Cultural Tourism Centre. She obtained support from various tertiary education providers to deliver youth development training courses through the Centre to increase employment opportunities. Ms Clapham was also involved in the establishment of Guardians of the Kaipara, an entity set up to protect the natural characteristics of the Kaipara Harbour and environs.

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COLEMAN, Dr Lynne Melissa

For services as a sports doctor

Dr Lynne Coleman is a sports doctor for high performance athletes in New Zealand.

Dr Coleman gained her medical degree in 1984 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (Otago) in 2001 while working full-time as a General Practitioner. Since 2004 she has been involved in, and led the medical team for the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams. At the same time, she has also served as medical director for Swimming New Zealand, Athletics New Zealand and Basketball New Zealand and as team doctor for a number of our national men's and women's sports teams including New Zealand Rugby Union teams. She has been a Member of the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand since 2008, a body which considers disputes and disciplinary matters in sport, including anti-doping violations; was an elected member of the Waitemata District Health Board from 2001 to 2010; and has volunteered her time to the regional sports Trust on the North Shore (Harbour Sport) since 2006. Dr Coleman is widely regarded and respected within the sector for her long-standing commitment to New Zealand high-performance sport through her work as a sports physician.

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COMER, Ms Margaret Anne (Maggie)

For services to philanthropy

Mrs Maggie Comer has been employed with the Gallagher Group of Companies in Hamilton for 30 years, during which time she has contributed to the philanthropic activities of the Gallagher Group and has shared her governance experience with a range of organisations in the Waikato region on a pro bono basis.

As a member of the Gallagher Executive Board Mrs Comer has been responsible for the Corporate Sponsorship budget, and has been responsible for the development and implementation of human resources policies for the Group. As a Trustee of the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust she has organised sponsorship through the Gallagher Group for a number of fundraising events, and established a group of women to develop fundraising initiatives for the Trust. She is a Director of Hospice Waikato, Waikato Rugby Union, and is a Director of Reclaim Another Woman (RAW), an organisation aligned to Women's Refuge, who educate and mentor abused women. Mrs Comer is a Past President of the Waikato Employers and Manufacturers Association, Parentline, Community Living Trust, and the Waikato Chamber of Commerce.

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DALEY, Mr Paul David

For services to education

Mr Paul Daley has had a 43 year career in education and has been the founding Principal of Sancta Maria College since 2003, a co-educational college for year seven to thirteen students in the East Auckland Catholic community.

Under Mr Daley's leadership Sancta Maria has grown and successfully shown high levels of academic achievement. He was Principal of Takapuna Grammar School from 1993 to 2003 and as a teacher he was involved with the Auckland Mathematical Association, serving as President in 1984 and 1985. He was an executive member of the Auckland Principals' Association. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) for 12 years and in this role has been involved with a number of Education Review Committees for the Ministry of Education. He is currently a member of the Ministry's Advisory Group for Bullying Prevention and Response. Mr Daley was involved with the St Vincent de Paul Society in the 1970s, has been involved with St Mark's Church in Pakuranga since 1980, and was Chairman of the Bucklands Beach Sea Scouts from 1994 to 1997.

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DALEY, Mr Trevor Frank

For services to music

Mr Trevor Daley has been involved with music in Southland since the 1970s.

Mr Daley has served as President of the Southland Musicians' Club since 1976. He has served on the Invercargill City Council Community Arts Grants Committee and the advisory committee to the Council for the Civic Theatre Artists' Corner. Since 1996 he has been Chair of the steering committee of the Invercargill Performing Arts Centre. He was Chair of the inaugural advisory panel for Southland Polytechnic School of Music from 1988 to 1994 and was reappointed in 2012. He founded the Southland Entertainer of the Year and Southland Music Awards in 1987 and organised the show until 2002. He established and has produced the Southland Guitar Legends show for the past five years. He was a founding member of the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and remains a serving member of the committee. He was an adviser to Backwaters Trust, which was formed to run fundraising concerts for the youth of Western Southland. Mr Daley is the entertainment coordinator and stage manager for the New Zealand Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

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DE LISLE, Associate Professor Rae

For services to music

Associate Professor Rae de Lisle is highly regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost piano teachers and an internationally respected researcher into musician's injuries.

Associate Professor de Lisle was a renowned concert pianist until 1993 when an injury shifted her focus towards teaching and research. She established and directed the University of Auckland Academy of Music from 2000 to 2005. She has been Head of Piano at the University of Auckland School of Music since 2008. She is Artistic Director and founder of the Wallace National Piano Competition, which was set up in 2013 to provide a competitive platform for the best of New Zealand's young pianists. She has undertaken ground-breaking research into the rehabilitation and prevention of musicians' injuries and her research into focal dystonia has assisted several musicians to return to playing their instruments. She has given presentations throughout the world on injury prevention in pianists, including a number of keynote addresses. Associate Professor de Lisle has adjudicated international and national competitions and is an assessor for Creative New Zealand

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DELAHUNTY, Ms Sarah

For services to theatre

Ms Sarah Delahunty has worked in New Zealand theatre since the 1960s as an actor, writer, director and drama tutor.

Ms Delahunty's works have highlighted issues significant to young people and women. Her musical about motherhood 'Stretchmarks' was performed in 1985 and has toured New Zealand. She has written 29 plays, the most recent being '4 Billion Likes!' in 2014. She writes for younger people and has mentored young actors in the challenging roles she creates for them. Her work has included college productions, school holiday theatre for children and productions for the Young and Hungry and Fringe Festivals. She was the education officer at Downstage Theatre from 1987 to 1991. She has produced Kiwi deconstructions of classic literature such as '2b or nt 2b' and 'Eating the Wolf'. She was a playwright for the Adam Series in 2000. Ms Delahunty was made an Honorary Life Member of Downstage Theatre Society in 2008.

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DICKINSON, Dr Michelle Emma

For services to science

Dr Michelle Dickinson is one of the world leaders in the field of nano-mechanical engineering and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.

In 2009 Dr Dickinson set up New Zealand's first and only nano-mechanical research testing laboratory at Auckland University, the Dickinson Nano-mechanical Research Laboratory, which she currently manages. She set up her own non-profit organisation Nanogirl to inspire children and young people to show an interest in science and engineering, particularly girls. Through Nanogirl she travels around schools and museums and conducts practical hands on demonstrations to promote science and technology in a non-traditional manner. She is the co-founder of the charity OMG Tech!, which aims to provide all children with the means to learn about science and technology by providing equipment, transport and funding for children to participate in science-related activities. Dr Dickinson has written more than 40 peer reviewed scientific journal papers during her five years as an academic and has presented keynotes at international conferences.

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EDMONDS, Mr Richard Maurice (Rick)

For services to art and the community

Mr Rick Edmonds has contributed to the arts and Marlborough Sounds community for more than 30 years.

Mr Edmonds specialises in marine art-work showing the interaction of land and sea in the Marlborough Sounds. His work is displayed in many public galleries and private collections nationally and internationally. He has created large-scale murals and his artworks can be seen in more than 30 Visitor Centres throughout the country. His work has been subject of more than 32 solo exhibitions and in 2013 he exhibited in New York's Agora Gallery 'Out From Down Under: Fine Art from Australia and New Zealand' exhibition. He was a founding member of Havelock Theatre in 1999 and continues to be the Society's main playwright producing one play a year. He was the Society's President from 2010 to 2013. He wrote and produced several plays for Queen Charlotte College and supported students in an annual regional musical competition. Mr Edmonds was a co-founder and is the coordinator of the award-winning Link Pathway walk and cycle path between Picton and Havelock, which is being created partly from an early 1860s bridle path.

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ELLIOTT, Mrs Lesley Frances

For services to the prevention of domestic violence

Mrs Lesley Elliott is an anti-violence campaigner who established the Sophie Elliott Foundation in 2010 in memory of her daughter who was killed by a former boyfriend and to raise awareness of the signs of partner abuse among young people, their friends and families.

The Foundation works to reduce levels of domestic violence through education and to help young people foster healthy relationships and identify abusive ones through its Loves-Me-Not programmes in schools. The Loves-Me-Not programme was developed in partnership with the New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Social Development. The programme is delivered to year 12 students by Police-trained facilitators. Mrs Elliott is the author of 'Sophie's Legacy' and 'Loves Me Not – How to Keep Relationships Safe'. Her campaigning has been acknowledged to have had a direct impact on public policy, including the use of victim impact statements by courts. Mrs Elliott personally delivers talks on domestic violence to community groups and schools nationwide.

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FARRELL, Mr Terence John (Terry)

For services to conservation

Mr Terry Farrell has worked for the New Zealand Forest Service for 19 years and then 28 years for the Department of Conservation on the West Coast of the South Island. 

Mr Farrell is an expert in pest control, in particular, Tahr management and aerial 1080 projects and has been instrumental in the public's shift in awareness and acceptance of 1080 in general. In 2014 he managed the Government's Battle for our Birds Programme, the Department's largest scale aerial 1080 operation ever attempted in New Zealand. This programme drew heavily on work pioneered by his team on the West Coast. Hundreds of people were involved in the operations with Terry providing sound and supportive guidance to staff and managers. With his mix of extensive knowledge and practical experience, dedication, enthusiasm and people skills, he is held in high regard throughout the Department of Conservation. Mr Farrell has been a key player in the research and development of the Department of Conservation's approach, techniques and technology for the minimisation of pest damage to New Zealand forest and alpine environments and their fauna.

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HALATAU, Mr Latoatama (Latoa)

For services to the blind and the Pacific community

Mr Latoa Halatau has spent more than 30 years working in the disability support sector, providing support for blind people and Pacific people and extending beyond New Zealand to the Pacific Region in the past 10 years.

Mr Halatau was a social worker for the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind for 20 years. He currently manages Vision Pacific in partnership with his wife, who is also blind. Vision Pacific Charitable Trust is a not-for-profit provider contracted by the Ministry of Health to work with individuals to help them achieve their independent living goals. He is a member of a number of bodies that support the disability sector and is the co-Chair of the National Enabling Good Lives National Leadership Group. In 2003 through Vision Pacific he helped establish the Pacific Disability Forum, which aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the Pacific countries and territories. 20 countries to date have received assistance to form National Disabled Peoples Organisations and unite under a regional body. He was elected co-Chair of the Forum in 2011 and in 2012 he was elected Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Disability Forum. Mr Halatau has delivered presentations at United Nations conventions on issues concerning disabled peoples.

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HALL, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Davis

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hall served as the Senior Military Advisor and Commanding Officer of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan from 15 April to 30 September 2012. 

Throughout this deployment he oversaw the execution of the Team's mission to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan by undertaking reconstruction tasks and assisting with the provision of security in Bamyan Province. He demonstrated outstanding, calm and professional leadership in the aftermath of incidents on 4 August and 19 August 2012 in which five New Zealanders were killed in action and a further eight wounded. He ensured that the Team retained its operational effectiveness as a fully functioning and task worthy military organisation despite suffering significant casualties within a very short period of time. He was also responsible for planning and executing the successful redeployment of New Zealand forces from the Forward Operating Bases at Romero and Do Abe, located in the North-East of Bamyan Province, to the main New Zealand base at Bamyan. The success of the operation was due to Lieutenant Colonel Hall's meticulous planning and coordination of the movement of the various elements of the Reconstruction Team with supporting coalition forces.

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HENRY, Mr Geoffrey Thomas (Geoff)

For services to athletics

Mr Geoff Henry has contributed to sports, particularly Harriers, for more than 40 years.

On a voluntary basis Mr Henry has been heavily involved in the sport of Track and Field, Road Racing, Cross Country and other codes. With Wellington Athletics he has served in various roles including as President, and is the current Communications Manager. He has formed or re-established children's Athletic Clubs in Wellington Eastern Suburbs, Upper Hutt, Naenae and Otaki and assisted the establishment of Team Wairarapa. He coaches disabled children in 'Giving it a Go' sports programmes, Masters' athletes aged 80 years plus and adult athletes with disabilities as a 'No Exceptions' national co-ordinator. He helps train new coaches and runs Officials Courses. He has also coached snorkelling, diving, gymnastics, spearfishing and rugby, and led Squad Programmes at schools. He has held executive positions with the Wellington Underwater Club and was coordinating author of the first New Zealand Underwater Association Diver Certificate Programme. He is a past Chair of the Wellington City Council Hillary Commission and Community Sports Grants Committees and has been Official Starter at the World Mountain Racing and World Unicycle Championships. Mr Henry has held executive roles with Wellington Harbour City Rotary.

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HILL, Mr David Ernest Albert (Dave)

For services to Paralympic sport and health

Mr Dave Hill has contributed to Paralympic sports.

In 1973 Mr Hill was a founding member of the North Otago Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association (now Paralympics New Zealand) and helped fundraise for the North Otago Clubrooms in Oamaru. He arranged the building of a hot mix track for wheelchair sprint and slalom race training and organised competitive wheelchair games. He managed the 1978 National Games in Oamaru at Waitaki Boys' College. He chaired the Paralympics New Zealand National Sports Technical Committee and provided support for the New Zealand team at the 1980 Paralympics. He spearheaded fundraising initiatives for wheelchair racers to participate in the 1981 Japan Wheelchair Marathon, the 1984 and 1992 Paralympics and formed New Zealand Road Wheelers for half and marathon events. He was team manager or Chef de Mission for several international Paralympic events including the 1987 World Championships, Assistant Chef de Mission in Seoul in 1988, the 1992 Paralympics and the 1990 Commonwealth Games where he originated the Wheelchair Race demo for male and female racers. He was involved with the Salvation Army's Oamaru district until retiring in 2004 due to Superficial Siderosis. Mr Hill has since created a newsletter and run a plain language website for the illness allowing sufferers of Superficial Siderosis to establish a global information and support network.

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HORGAN, Miss Elizabeth Anne

For services to primary education

Miss Elizabeth Horgan has worked at St Joseph's School in Otahuhu for more than 40 years and has been Principal for the past 22 years, developing its reputation as a high performing low decile school.

Miss Horgan was a member for nine years and Chair for two years of the New Zealand Educational Institute Principals' Council and represented Auckland Primary Principals' on the Council. She was a member of the New Zealand Principals' Leadership Centre Mentoring project from 2000 to 2001 and has led an Auckland Principals' Mentoring Group. She is a former member of the Auckland College of Education Council. She contributed to the working party which developed the Catholic Character review process for the Auckland Diocese. She introduced the Reading Together Programme to South Auckland Catholic schools to foster parents' involvement with their children's literary development. She is involved with the Gladiators of Change programme, organised for parents from Otahuhu and Mangere to be more involved in their children's lives. She is involved with the Springboard Trust Initiative and the Quality Public Education Coalition. Miss Horgan has been a member of the Professional Development Committee for the Auckland Catholic Principals.

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JACOBSEN, Ms Rachel Ruth (Rachel Levy)

For services to New Zealand-United States relations

Mrs Rachel Jacobsen has been the Honorary New Zealand Consul for Seattle in the United States since 2009.

Mrs Jacobsen conducts her Consular duties on a 24/7 basis, quickly responding to New Zealanders in need. She founded the New Zealanders of Seattle culture and support group in 1979. She has been President of the Seattle-Christchurch Sister City Association, since 2004. She spearheaded fundraising in Seattle following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, raising US$45,000 towards the purchase of a First Response Vehicle and led a delegation to Christchurch to present the donated vehicle. She coordinated with the Seattle Arboretum Foundation Director to plan, develop and open a New Zealand Forest in 2013. The New Zealand Forest covers more than two acres and is the largest collection of native New Zealand plants outside of New Zealand. She worked with the Burke Museum Director to bring the Toi Māori exhibit to Seattle in 2006 and has supported the screening of New Zealand films at the Seattle International Film Festival. With her husband she has coordinated an annual hangi for expatriate New Zealanders. Mrs Jacobsen has helped organise an annual ANZAC Day commemorative event for the Seattle based Australian, Turkish and New Zealand communities.

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JOHNSON, Mr Timothy Clarence (Tim)

For services to disability sport

Mr Tim Johnson has contributed to disability sport for 19 years.

Mr Johnson is a tetraplegic who through his rehabilitation began to play wheelchair rugby, becoming a player and coach first with Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby and then Auckland Wheelchair Rugby. As a player his teams won the Wheelchair Rugby Bronze Medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, Gold Medal in Athens in 2004 and silver medals at the 1998 Toronto and 2006 Christchurch World Championships. He holds New Zealand Universities and University of Canterbury Blue awards for Wheelchair Rugby and Oceania Zone Championships, Australian and New Zealand Nationals awards. He has contributed to the sport's administration as a Parafed Board Member and as President of New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby, where he has led significant funding initiatives towards Wheel Blacks participation in the 2014 World Championships and 2016 Rio Paralympics. He has served on the New Zealand Olympic Committee as Athlete Council representative since 2003 and was Technical Delegate, Oceania Zone Championships for International Wheelchair Rugby in November 2013. Mr Johnson is a public speaker to schools and corporate groups on subjects such as overcoming adversity, elite sporting performance, setting goals and achieving high performance.

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JUDSON FARR, Mrs Ann Mary

For services to ballet

Mrs Ann Judson Farr danced with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company in the early 1970s before embarking on a 40 year ballet teaching career.

Mrs Judson Farr has taught at a number of ballet schools in New Zealand, primarily at the Southern Ballet School in Christchurch from the 1970s until 2002. She was director of the National Ballet School in Christchurch and founded the National Ballet School full time tertiary course in Christchurch in 1993. She has provided assistance to families experiencing financial difficulties by sewing costumes in her own time, providing ballet shoes and leotards for children to participate in lessons, and discounting fees. Many of her students have gone on to gain national and international recognition and awards, including international dancers Marc Cassidy and Kathleen Malee Smith. She travels around New Zealand as a senior examiner for the British Ballet Organisation (BBO), supporting teachers with new syllabus and technical lessons. She is a Fellow of the British Ballet Organisation and is the South Island Representative for BBO Australasia. In the 1990s Mrs Judson Farr collaborated with the Christchurch Community Trust in bringing a number of international dancers to Christchurch to perform and tutor.

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KERNOHAN, Mr David

For services to architecture

Mr David Kernohan is an architect who contributed to the development of world-leading practices for user participation in building design and management and methods for evaluating buildings in use.

Mr Kernohan taught architecture, urban design and building heritage and conservation at Victoria University of Wellington for more than 22 years, including as Associate Professor and Faculty Dean. He was appointed by the Building Industry Authority to investigate leaky homes. This investigation resulted in the 2002 Hunn Report and became a critical component in the review of the Building Act 1991, which led to the Building Act 2004 and the formation of the Department of Building and Housing. He also helped develop a Resolution Service for homeowners affected by leaky buildings. He took an active role in the planning and development of Wellington's waterfront, chairing the City Council's Waterfront Development sub-committee and later on the Board of Wellington Waterfront Ltd. He played a key part in the successful campaign to preserve Futuna Chapel in Karori. He is presently a Deputy Environment Commissioner and has held several management positions and directorships in public and private companies. Mr Kernohan has published two books about Wellington buildings and supported amateur arts groups including the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand.

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KINGI, Mr Mauriora, JP

For services to Māori

Mr Mauriora Kingi has held cultural support, advisory and interpreter roles with a range of Parliamentary and Ministerial Services, serving Governors-General, Prime Ministers and various Ministers of the Crown.

Mr Kingi has been Kaupapa Māori Director for the Rotorua District Council since 2001. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Te Puia, New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. He is a member of the Māori Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Rights New Zealand and the Nga Kaituhono Advisory Board. He has been Chair of the National Standing Body and Whakaruruhau for Te Reo, Tikanga and Performing Arts. He has been involved with Māori performing arts and speech competitions as a tutor and a judge of Kapahaka since the 1980s at local, regional and national secondary school and senior levels. He is the longest serving Judge at Te Matatini Whakataetae a motu National Kapahaka competitions. He has been involved with private training establishments as a founding member of He Kainga mo te reo, a volunteer for Arahia Academy and the Masters and Diploma degree in Social Work based at the Waiariki Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the Ture Whenua Act review panel for Te Puni Kokiri. Mr Kingi is the senior spokesperson for Te Pakira Marae – Whakarewarewa Rotorua and a recognised spokesperson for Te Arawa.

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MACLEAN, Dr Norman Edgar

For services to obstetrics and gynaecology

Dr Norman MacLean has contributed to obstetrics and gynaecology and medical education in Southland for more than 30 years.

From 1995 to 2005 Dr MacLean was Southland Hospital's Head of Department for Women's Health, Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chairman Senior Medical staff. He was a Lecturer and Examiner at Otago Medical School from 1995 to 2013 and was a highly respected teacher. His commitment to improve obstetric services and make them accessible for all, even during times of staff depletion, was enhanced by his communication skills and capacity to provide stability, continuity and leadership, mediation, support and respect for staff. As Senior Staff Chairman he improved the integration of senior medical staff and management. He was active in the Southland Division of the New Zealand Medical Association. He served from 2008 to 2015 on the Southern Institute of Technology Human Ethics Research Committee and the Finance and Grants Committee of the Southland Medical Foundation. He has served on the Volunteer Child and Youth Sub-Committee of the South Alive Project for the past four years. Dr MacLean has been granted Life Membership of Voice for Life New Zealand and is Patron of Pregnancy Help Invercargill, Right to Life New Zealand, and the Southland Multiple Birth Club.

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MACLEOD, Professor Roderick Duncan

For services to hospice and palliative care

Professor Roderick MacLeod has contributed to hospice and palliative care as a physician, researcher, teacher and mentor for more than 20 years.

Professor MacLeod spent nine years as medical director at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington whilst also being senior clinical lecturer at Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago. He became the first Southlink Health Professor in Palliative Care at Otago University. He has also worked as Director of Palliative Care at Otago Community Hospice, Hospice North Shore and as District Director of Palliative Care for the Waitemata District Health Board. He has been Associate Dean at the Dunedin School of Medicine and Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland. He is currently contributing to palliative care at hospitals in Sydney and is Conjoint Professor in Palliative Care at Sydney University. He has held several executive roles on Hospice New Zealand and has served on many advisory or steering groups involved with Asia Pacific Hospice Network, the Ministry of Health and the Palliative Care Council. Professor MacLeod has led or been part of 45 research topics in areas relating to terminal illness, published extensively and presented at numerous international conferences.

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MARTIN, Mr Bruce William

For services to tertiary education

Mr Bruce Martin served as CEO of the Eastern institute of Technology (EIT) from 1991 to 2004 and was Deputy Chief Executive of Aoraki Polytechnic from 1988 to 1991.

Mr Martin's leadership of EIT turned it into a flagship institute of technology with positive impacts on the local and regional economy. During his tenure EIT trebled in size and developed a comprehensive range of programmes across disciplines and from certificate to degree and post-graduate level. He was instrumental in building positive relationships and partnerships both locally and nationally and worked to lower fees for Hawke's Bay school leavers through the provision of scholarships. He was instrumental in the development and construction of the Pettigrew Green Arena, situating it across from EIT to bring EIT and the community closer together. Since stepping down from EIT he has become a well-known and respected education and management consultant, including chairing the Board of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Quality. Mr Martin has been a Board member and at times Chair/President of a number of not-for-profit organisations nationally and in the Hawke's Bay region.

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MASTERS, Mr Peter John (Pete)

For services to Search and Rescue, conservation and cycling

Mr Pete Masters has been a Board member of Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board and served as Chair for more than 11 years.

Mr Masters has led the Board through complex decisions on significant developments within the park, such as ski area facilities, a sewage treatment and disposal system, and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track, ensuring the protection of the natural and cultural values of the park and its people. He has piloted the Taupo Rescue Helicopter for more than 25 years, flying more than 600 missions to the Mt Ruapehu ski fields and more than 600 further missions across the broader Tongariro National Park. These missions have been conducted at all hours of the day and night, often in adverse weather conditions. He was instrumental in the support management of the 1995 and 1996 eruptions of Mt Ruapehu and assisting the GNS Science volcanic surveillance and monitoring teams. Mr Masters led the formation of Bike Taupo in 2004 and has overseen the development of more than 200 kilometres of new mountain biking tracks in the region, including the Great Lake Trail opened in 2014.

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MCCONNELL, Mrs Beverley May, QSM

For services to horticulture

Mrs Beverley McConnell is the owner and creator of the Arylies Garden in Whitford, Auckland, a 4.5 hectare garden plus 10 hectares of wetlands that is widely acclaimed in New Zealand and overseas.

Mrs McConnell was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2010 for services to horticulture. She continues to be involved with the Auckland Botanic Gardens, privately funding artworks and events, sponsoring the Supreme Award at the Sculpture in the Gardens and funding the main welcoming sculpture at the visitor centre. Her book 'Ayrlies – My Story, My Garden' was published in 2012 and has sold more than 3,000 copies. She was a driving force behind the establishment of the New Zealand Gardening Trust and was a co-founder of the Trinity Garden Festival in 1992. She is the Patron of the Garden Design Society of New Zealand and one of two Vice-Patrons of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. Mrs McConnell has been a Trustee of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust and a judge at the Ellerslie Flower Show.

HONOURS
Queen's Service Medal, Queen's Birthday 2010

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MCFARLANE, Mr Donald Gordon (Don), JP

For services to agriculture and the community

Mr Don McFarlane has been a prominent and active leader in the South Canterbury agricultural sector for more than 50 years.

Mc McFarlane operates a farm near Temuka and has also been instrumental in growing cooperative businesses for rural communities, including Combined Rural Traders, Farmlands, New Zealand Honey and Blackcurrants New Zealand. His efforts have unlocked development potential in the South Canterbury region and contributed to New Zealand's economic development. He has served as Chair of Aoraki Regional Development Council and as Federated Farmers South Canterbury President and District Councillor. He is currently involved with the community as Director of Presbyterian Support, through Temuka Challenge Trust, Ngai Tahu iwi, Lions International and as a Justice of the Peace. He has been involved in all of the new irrigation developments in South Canterbury and is currently a Director of Hunter Downs and South Canterbury Irrigation Trust. He chairs Clough Holdings and is a Director of Farmlands and Moeraki Investments. As a Nuffield Scholar Mr McFarlane has provided mentoring and training for young leaders.

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MILES, Ms Anne Edith

For services to education

Ms Anne Miles has made significant contributions to McAuley High School, a decile one school in South Auckland, as Principal since 2003.

Ms Miles utilised the findings of the Master's thesis of one of her staff to improve parental engagement with the school. With high percentages of parents attending consultation and information evenings it was identified that parents wanted further support for themselves so that they could in turn support their children. With support from the South Auckland Literacy Trust and ASB, classes in Literacy, Numeracy, Healthy Eating, Driver Licensing, Computer Skills, and Tae Kwon Do were offered to parents free of charge for ten years. During this time more than 500 family members were able to improve their skills and gain confidence leading some into further education, employment or to volunteer for Boards of Trustees of other schools. Ms Miles spearheaded initiatives to raise academic achievement and the school has seen outstanding improvements in NCEA and University Entrance results. Staff participated in intensive professional development. Fundraising was organised for welfare support and the pastoral care network was strengthened providing a strong support network to enable all students to succeed.

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MORGAN, Ms Paula Mary (Paula Hunt)

For services to dance

Ms Paula Hunt has had a career in teaching dance in Wellington. 

Ms Hunt has taught dance for more than forty years, and for over twenty years was responsible for organising summer dance schools in Wellington for students throughout New Zealand. She was appointed examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1985, and in 2005 was appointed Chairman of the International Board of examiners of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has trained and mentored a large number of new examiners and tutors who deliver the Academy's courses throughout the world. Since 2006 Ms Hunt has contributed to developing a series of new syllabi for students throughout the world who may progress to become professional dancers. She is well regarded for her passion, enthusiasm, energy and commitment, inspirational leadership and devotion to teaching others.

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MURRAY, Mr Graeme Douglas, JP

For services to tourism and conservation

Mr Graeme Murray has contributed to tourism and dark skies reserve in the Aoraki Mackenzie Country for fifty years.

Mr Murray was a major figure in the development of Lake Tekapo's Air Safaris, the company running sight-seeing flights over the Southern Alps and for whom he worked from 1971 to 2001. He then co-founded Earth and Sky Astro Tourism, a night-time astronomy tourism business. The company refurbished and installed a modern telescope in an unused observatory on Mount John and constructed a conservatory-like café. This successful business, attracting 75,000 tourists per year, has been coupled with personal contributions to preserving the darkness of the night sky in the Mackenzie region. Following attendance at the first UNESCO Starlight Conference in 2007, he became closely involved in the successful initiative to have part of the Aoraki Mackenzie region – 4,367 square kilometres – formally recognised in 2012 as a Gold Status International Dark Sky Reserve protecting the area's unique location for observing the stars, free of light pollution. It is one of the eight largest such Reserves globally. Mr Murray has served 20 years on the South Canterbury Regional Development Council and 14 years on the Mackenzie Tourism and Development Board.

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MURRAY, Mr Peter Francis

For services to basketball

Mr Peter Murray has been involved as a player and referee of basketball for the past 40 years and is the only Deaf person to become a level one referee in New Zealand.

Mr Murray has officiated at all levels from Secondary School level to National Tournaments and has referred internationally for the World Deaf Games on a number of occasions. He has often paid his own way to attend international competitions, taking unpaid leave from his job. He is currently an international referee educator for Deaf basketball referees. Mr Murray represented New Zealand at the World Deaf Games in Washington D.C. in 1965.

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NEVILLE-WHITE, Mrs Deirdre Gay

For services to children's health

Mrs Deirdre Neville-White led a small steering group from 1983 to 1991 to establish the Radio Lollipop charity in New Zealand, a play programme that operates in children's hospitals.

Mrs Neville-White was the founding Chair of the Board from 1992 to 2002 and continues to serve as a Director of Radio Lollipop New Zealand. The service began in Starship Children's Hospital in 1992, and then in Counties Manukau in 1996, with the organisation growing from an inaugural eight volunteers to more than 240 volunteers in five hospitals around New Zealand. Later years saw the establishment of stations in Whangarei Base Hospital and Waitakere. Most recently in 2013 a service was opened at the Christchurch Hospital. She was one of the founding Directors of the International Board, and became Chair of that Board in 2008. She remains the New Zealand representative to the Board. As Chair she began the process of establishing a new station in South Africa. New Zealand is the first branch of the charity internationally to commission research to identify the service's benefits to children, families and hospitals. Mrs Neville-White was a Trustee of the Auckland Zoological Trust Board, and was a volunteer for the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Red Cross for three years.

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NGAHIWI, Mr Nigel

For services to the blind and Māori

Mr Nigel Ngahiwi is the President of Kapo Māori Aotearoa New Zealand Inc, which is a national Kāpo (blind) Māori advocacy and service provider, which provides training, information, peer and whanau support and advocacy.

In the 15 years that Mr Ngahiwi has been a member of the Board of Kāpo Māori it has grown from a support group run by volunteers to a nationwide service provider run by and for Māori and their whanau. He has contributed to the development of a National Certificate in Self Advocacy for blind Māori and their whanau, to help empower blind people through skill development. He is currently Māori Kāpo representative to the New Zealand Disabilities Sector Advisory Group working toward the National Action Plan for the Human Rights Commission. Mr Ngahiwi is a member of the Convention Coalition Monitoring Group, which monitors New Zealand's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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O'HAGAN, Ms Mary

For services to mental health

Ms O'Hagan has been a leader in mental health, both nationally and internationally, for 30 years and has advanced the interests of people who use mental health services in many roles throughout the years as an advocate, advisor, writer, speaker, spokesperson, commissioner, consultant and social entrepreneur.

Ms O'Hagan developed PeerZone, peer-led workshops in mental health and addition, and is currently developing Swell, a collaborative online recovery toolkit for mental health service users and workers. As a result of using mental health services as a young woman she led in the development of the mental health service user movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s and established local and national peer support and advocacy organisations. She was a Winston Churchill Fellow in 1990 and was elected the first Chair of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in the early 1990s. She has been a psychiatric disability advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. From 2000 to 2007 she served as a New Zealand Mental Health Commissioner. Ms O'Hagan has recently completed a memoir called 'Madness Made Me'.

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PAEWAI, Mr Manahi, JP

For services to Māori

Mr Manahi Paewai played a principal role in the formation of Te Runanganui o Rangitāne and Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua Inc and since 2000 he has been Manager of Cultural and Political Services for the latter.

Mr Paewai has made contributions to the restoration and development of the Mākirikiri Marae and has been Deputy Chairperson since 1992. He became a member of Ruahine Māori Committee in 1975 later serving as Chairman from 1979 to 1990. He was appointed a Trustee of Kaitoki Marae in 1979 and from 1986 to 1989 he was Chairperson of Te Kohanga Reo o Kaitoki. He is a Trustee of the Kaumatua Flats at Kaitoki and a Management Committee member of Waimarama 3B4 Incorporation. In 2004 and 2005 he led the presentation of the Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua case before the Waitangi Tribunal. He played a major role in developing a memorandum of partnership with Tararua District Council. In 2002 he presented at the Kahungunu ka Moe ka Pata lecture series at the National Art Gallery in Wellington. He was a member of Papauma Māori Committee in 1997 and in 2009 was appointed Secretary of the Committee. In 2013 and 2014 Mr Paewai was the Cultural Advisory to the Rangitāne Settlement Negotiations Trust.

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PARSONS, Mr Thomas William (Tom)

For services to education

Mr Tom Parsons has been the Principal of Queen Charlotte College in Picton since 2004.

Over the last ten years, the roll at Queen Charlotte College has grown by 53 per cent. A positive change in how the school is viewed is attributed to Mr Parsons, his leadership style, and his ability to inspire his staff, students, and the community. He also supports other new Principals in the region and is the immediate Past President of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, having been an executive member for several terms. Mr Parsons has been nominated as a representative for a number of committees and Ministerial policy reviews, including membership of the New Zealand Teachers' Council for Initial Teacher Education and the Cross Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

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PEARCE, Ms Jennifer Helen (Jeni)

For services to sports nutrition

Ms Jeni Pearce has contributed to sports nutrition for 30 years and is a recognised pioneer and world leader in the field.

Ms Pearce ran her own private clinics for more than 22 years, during which time she was the nutrition representative for the Sports Medicine New Zealand Conference Scientific Committee and other sports nutrition bodies. She has worked pro bono with high performance athletes and teams including for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games since 1985, and as a consultant for international events, teams and athletes and the New Zealand Defence Department. From 2010 to 2012 she was head of performance nutrition for the English Institute of Sport and British Olympic Medical Institute Intensive Rehabilitation Unit and is currently Performance Nutrition Lead at High Performance Sport New Zealand. She has supported the development of sports nutrition diplomas and degree courses at New Zealand universities. She is currently President of the international 'Professionals in nutrition and exercise for sport' and was previously co-chair of the American College of Sports Medicine. Ms Pearce has published papers and books on health and sports nutrition, has been a media commentator on nutrition issues and presented key note addresses at many national and international nutrition and sports medicine conferences.

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PETLEY, Mrs Marcia Veronica Kathleen

For services to athletics

Mrs Marcia Petley has been a Board member for New Zealand Masters athletics since 1994 and has represented New Zealand Masters at the World Masters Athletics Congress held every two years.

Mrs Petley was Secretary for Waikato Masters Athletics from 1987 to 2014. She was an Official for Masters Championships and assisted with the organisation of major events such as Waikato and New Zealand Masters events, Oceania Masters Track and Field Meetings and New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships. She has also officiated as a Graded Track and Field Official at a number of localised events for Athletics Waikato. She was a founding member and Secretary of Frankton Amateur Athletics Club in 1964 and has held various Official positions in Club until the present. She has been a competitor at Masters Athletics competitions since 1980 and won 20 medals between 1987 and 2013 at the World Masters Athletics Championships. She has been a medallist at every Oceania Veteran Games and Oceania Masters Athletics Championships been 1985 and 2014. She has won New Zealand titles at the New Zealand Masters Track and Field Championships. Mrs Petley holds the World Masters Record for the 4x400 Relay W75 event.

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RAMEKA, Mrs Nora Tawhi

For services to Māori and education

Mrs Nora Rameka was a key driver of the resettlement of Takou Bay land by Māori, organising the provision of infrastructure and contributing to the Papakainga settlement.

Mrs Rameka was involved with the rebuilding and restoration of the historic Whetu Marama Marae at Takou Bay and the construction of campground facilities at Takou Bay for the public. She led the initiation of the Ngati Rehia Runanga and was the spokesperson on Treaty issues. She helped establish the Wananga in Kerikeri for the education of Māori across the Bay of Islands, leading to a partnership with the Northland Polytechnic and a new campus at Kerikeri by the Kororipo Pa. She contributed to obtaining historic places protection status for the Koropiro Pa and made a significant contribution to a multi-million dollar Heritage Bypass project at Kerikeri to protect two of New Zealand's oldest buildings: Kemp House and the Stone Store. Mrs Rameka was a Special Advisor on Māori Education at Waikato University, guiding the direction of Education Training courses, and has been involved with Group Special Education for the Ministry of Education, providing cultural competency training with a particular emphasis on helping Māori children affected by disabilities, learning disorders or abuse.

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RENNIE, Mr John Clive (Clive)

For services to education and sport

Mr Clive Rennie was Principal at Rangitikei College in Marton from 1986 to 1991, at Mountainview High School in Timaru from 1997 to 2000 and Otago Boys High School from 2000 to 2014.

Mr Rennie has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Association (NZSSSA) Council since 1999 and was Chairperson from 2007 until retiring in 2014. In this role he was instrumental in building a strong relationship between NZSSSA and Sport New Zealand, leading to the Sport in Education Project. He has been a member of the Otago Secondary School Sports Association and gave particular support to two Dunedin schools involved with the Sport in Education Project. He has been Chairperson of the Otago Secondary Schools Principals Association. He has recently been Chairperson of the Dunedin Secondary Schools Partnership, following five years on the management committee. He was Chairperson of the Alternative Education programme for the Aoraki Schools region from 1997 to 2000. He was a driving force behind the establishment of a Highlander Rugby competition for Otago/Southland secondary schools. Following a cancer operation Mr Rennie chaired the Survivors Committee in helping to organise Relay for Life events for the Cancer Society in Dunedin between 2012 and 2014.

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RITCHIE, Mr Bruce Stuart

For services to education

Mr Bruce Ritchie has been the principal of Massey High School in Auckland since 1994.

Mr Ritchie has established University of Auckland mentoring programmes for Pacific and Maori students and a Pasifika literacy programme. He instigated a restorative justice programme at the school. He is a founding member of 'Achieving @ Waitakere', a partnership between ten secondary schools in Waitakere and the Ministry of Education to raise the achievements of Māori and Pacific students. Mr Ritchie has served for over six years as a member of the University of Auckland's Vice Chancellor's Community Consultative Group, representing the compulsory education sector. He has volunteered his time coaching, umpiring, coordinating and governing secondary school sport. He has been a member of the Waitakere Netball Board for the past two years and has been a Trustee of Sport Waitakere. Mr Ritchie is actively involved in the administration of Massey High School Sport and previously served on the Auckland Secondary Schools Heads Association Sports Committee and is a Past President of the Auckland Secondary Schools Principals' Association.

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ROSIE, Mrs Robyn Rosemary

For services to education

Mrs Robyn Rosie has contributed to education, sport, health and welfare for more than 50 years.

At Te Wharau Primary School Mrs Rosie established some of the earliest reading recovery and support programmes for disadvantaged youth. She led and scripted school and community musicals and theatre productions, started the first Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Gisborne and coached Junior Netball and Gisborne Trampolining. As Principal of Elgin Primary School for 15 years she led several initiatives, including the first school breakfast programme in Gisborne and an award-winning healthy lunch menu, a school vegetable garden, and Tu Tangata and other programmes to strengthen Māori students' achievement. She established the Safe, Enjoyable, non-Violent School Environment programme, the Kids at Home Reading Programme and the first Gisborne School Duffy Books in Homes Programme. She was the Gisborne Jump Rope for Heart Co-ordinator with a special focus on Māori and Pacific Island health. Currently at Otamarakau School in the Bay of Plenty Mrs Rosie continues to teach and support children with healthy eating, Irlen's eye screening, prevention of bullying, entertainment and gymnastics programmes, and established the Green Machines environmental protection group.

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RUMBLE, Mr Allan Martin

For services to education

Mr Allan Rumble has more than 40 years' experience as a secondary school teacher and principal in the Bay of Plenty region. 

In 2004 Mr Rumble retired as co-Principal of Western Heights High School, the largest secondary school in Rotorua. He led the school to perform academically well above other schools of a similar decile. He also raised achievement levels of Māori students for NCEA levels 1 and 2 well above those of Māori students nationally. Following retirement, he was engaged by the Ministry of Education to act as an interim Principal at a number of 'at risk' schools. This role requires a combination of expertise in education with a skilful understanding of local context to ensure the school is acting appropriately to address problems and rebuild community trust. Mr Rumble has demonstrated a lifelong commitment and passion for education achievement in New Zealand.

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RYBURN, Mr James Stewart (Jim)

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community

Mr Jim Ryburn has served for 35 years with the New Zealand Fire Service as a career firefighter, rising to the rank of Station Officer in 2001.

Mr Ryburn took on the role of Welfare Liaison Officer for the Christchurch region following the earthquake in February 2011, during which time he has been responsible for ensuring that volunteer and career Fire Service personnel have access to appropriate welfare support. He has extended that welfare support to contractors who were involved in the earthquake response and has undertaken research in his own time to advise on providers of counselling and on dealing with Earthquake Commission and insurance claims. He has coordinated the effective delivery of the United Fire Brigades Association's Benevolent Fund resources in Christchurch following the earthquakes. He provided support for members of Brigades in Carterton following the tragic balloon crash in January 2012. Mr Ryburn has been an advocate for the New Zealand Professional Fire Fighters Union.

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SHELDRAKE, Mr Terrence Maxwell (Terry)

For services to sport

Mr Terry Sheldrake has contributed to sport, especially triathlon for more than 30 years.

In 1983 Mr Sheldrake helped establish the Eastland Triathlon Club in Gisborne and made a significant contribution to developing the rules for Triathlon in New Zealand. He was founder and event director in 1989 of the Eastland Duathlon event to support the Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust. He was the founding CEO of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti. He has been the Race Director of more than 120 Weet-Bix kids Tryathlons in New Zealand and the Pacific. He is the Patron of the Weet-Bix Tryathlon Foundation. He has directed cycling and mountain bike races and helped bring national and international triathlon events to New Zealand. As an elected member of the International Triathlon Union he has mentored many federations to embrace higher standards of excellence in their production standards, partnered with smaller and less developed national federations in Oceania and the Pacific to achieve at an international level, and has mentored Technical Officials. He was the competition manager for the 2003 Queenstown and 2012 Auckland ITU Triathlon World Championships and has officiated at both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games. Mr Sheldrake has organised fundraising events for Life Education Community Trust Gisborne.

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SMITH, Ms Kereyn Maree

For services to sports governance

Ms Kereyn Smith is a leader in sports governance in New Zealand.

Ms Smith served as Director of Sport Manawatu from 1988 to 1991, spent three years as Private Secretary to the Minister of Sport, Fitness and Leisure before becoming Senior Manager and General Manager of the Hillary Commission until 2000. From 2000 to 2011 she was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Academy of Sport (South Island) before being appointed as CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. During this time she was Board Chair of Netball New Zealand for six years in a period of significant modernisation, and led strong growth in participation. As Vice-President of the International Federation of Netball Association she was instrumental in re-structuring the association, developing umpiring, coaching and marketing panels, leading IFNA conferences and events such as World Netball Championships, World Youth Cups and FAST5 Netball World Series. Ms Smith has served as a Trustee of the Forsyth Barr and Carisbrook Stadiums and of the Skeggs Foundation, Council Member of the University of Otago and Director of the Highlanders Rugby Franchise and is a Rugby Advisory Committee member of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

HONOURS
New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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SMITH, Mr Neville Rohan

For services to philanthropy and the community

Mr Neville Smith has been involved with the Art Deco Weekend in Napier for more than 20 years and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Art Deco Trust in 2003.

Mr Smith, through his association with Brebner Print became the naming sponsor of the Art Deco Weekend in 1998. He has made a major contribution to the running of the Trust's annual Art Deco Weekend, a four day event which is internationally recognised and attracts more than 35,000 people. As Regional Naval Officer he has grown the presence of the Royal New Zealand Navy at the Art Deco Weekend to commemorate the assistance the Navy gave to the people of the region during the aftermath of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. He has also organised sponsorship and charity events for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Vision Impaired Children of Hawke's Bay, Iona College and Lindisfarne College. He established the Services Charitable Trust which has supported local schools through education grants to Taradale High, Napier Boys High, Hastings Boys High and Eastern Institute of Technology, as well as the Napier Army Cadet Unit, ATC 13 Squadron, and other smaller organisations and individuals. Mr Smith was a director of Brebner Print from 1980 to 2006 and was a director of Destination Napier from 1991 until 1996.

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STANTON, Mr Keith Albert

For services to business and philanthropy

Mr Keith Stanton has given service as a business mentor to his local community and has contributed to humanitarian projects overseas for more than 35 years.

Mr Stanton has had a long career with Stanton Bros Ltd, a commercial printers and stationers firm in Dunedin. He also established and is Chairman of the New Zealand wide distribution company SIFCO Distributors Limited. Since 1978 he has served on all of the Riccaton Rotary Club committees and as Director. He has taken leadership roles in the Methodist Church, and has served as a Trustee and steward in Upper Riccarton Church and a Trustee of the Wesleyan Investment Foundation of New Zealand. He has made personal and family trust donations totalling $2.24 million to more than 450 development projects in 15 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. These have included water projects, emergency appeals, sponsoring children and helping schools. In New Zealand Mr Stanton contributed to the construction of the Cholmondeley Children's Home Office Block in Governor's Bay, Canterbury and the upgrading of Highbury Wesleyan Church in Palmerston North.

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SWALLOW, Mr Paul David

For services to the State and the community

Mr Paul Swallow worked with the Ministry of Economic Development from 2004 to 2012 and following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011 he volunteered to assist Business New Zealand in helping businesses recover from the quakes.

Mr Swallow became Director of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust in 2012. He led a team of funding advisors to distribute nearly $100 million in donations within three years of the formation of the Trust. Having allocated the funds of the Trust he moved on to become the Project Manager of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct building project in 2014. He has continued to be involved voluntarily as Director of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust throughout 2014 until only a small amount of administration was required. He has volunteered for a number of organisations including the Helping Hands Foundation in Wellington, Youth for Christ in Lower Hutt, and in recent years the Plimmerton Community Trust. Mr Swallow was a key person in the establishment of the Parachute Music Festival and was involved from 1989 to 1994.

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TOWNSEND, Dr Anthony Haydon (Tony)

For services to health

Dr Tony Townsend has contributed to medicine for 45 years.

Dr Townsend is a part-time General Practitioner in Whangamata, having started his general practice career in rural Kawakawa. After a year in 1973 at National Women's Obstetric Hospital he was a solo GP in Te Araroa, 160 kilometres from the nearest hospital and visited patients on horseback. He established a new practice in Rotorua in 1974 which he operated solo until taking two junior partners four years later to serve 7,000 patients, including providing services for Māori on their own marae. He also attended accident scenes with Life Support Emergency services, ran a family planning clinic, and provided educational medical talkback radio. He took up general practice in Whangamata in 2001 in a designated teaching practice which serves 4,000 regular patients and thousands of seasonal visitors. He was editor of the New Zealand Family Physician journal for five years, an editor of the International Journal of Diabetes and a Deputy President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for three years. Dr Townsend is a Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Healthcare at Auckland University, and has served on numerous medical committees and conferences.

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TRASK, Mr Bruce Arthur

For services to the environment and sport

Mr Bruce Trask was a teacher for 24 years and held three Principal positions before establishing the Bay of Plenty Sports Foundation, now Sport Bay of Plenty, in 1988 and becoming its first CEO.

Mr Trask established the Community Sport Trust, through which he organised a number of recreational and competitive sporting events, some of which continue to run 25 years on. In 1993 he developed a Zero Waste Education programme for the Tauranga City Council, delivering the programme for the first time in 1994. The programme continues to be taught today and he has expanded the programme to 21 other local authorities around New Zealand. The programme offers waste minimisation education annually in more than 500 schools, and in 2011 he arranged for the resource materials to be translated into Te Reo. The success of this programme led to the establishment of Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust in 2000, which he co-founded and chaired for 13 years. Mr Trask promoted the Paper4trees recycling programme in schools and established Water4schools to encourage schools to collect rainwater for grey water use, irrigation or ablution blocks. The Trust has been the recipient of several environmental and sustainability awards.

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USSHER, Mr Richard Arland

For services to multisport

Mr Richard Ussher is regarded as one of the premier multisport athletes in the world and has been amongst the elite of Multisport and Adventure race participants for almost 10 years.

Mr Ussher is a former Ironman triathlon national record holder and a five-time winner of the Speights Coast to Coast race in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was runner up in 2013 and 2014. He was named in 2015 as the new race director of the Coast to Coast event. He was a member of the Adventure Sport New Zealand adventure racing team that won the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Challenge involved navigating a 400 kilometre route across Abu Dhabi over six days, incorporating trail running, sea kayaking, rope work, mountain biking, desert orienteering and adventure running. The team also won the title in 2010 under the title of Team Thule. He was the Adventure Racing World Champion in 2005 and 2006. He represented New Zealand in the freestyle mogul skiing event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Mr Ussher has coached a number of local athletes and is the co-founder of Flow Kayaks, which was formed in 2011.

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WIHONGI, Mr Allen

For services to Māori, the arts and education

Mr Allen Wihongi has contributed to the development of Ngapuhi as well as the arts and education.

Mr Wihongi had a 28 year career in education, including as a senior lecturer in the School of Design at Wellington Polytechnic, and as the Head of School and Manager of the School of Applied Arts at North Tec Tai Tokerau Wananga. He has been a member of a number of organisations and advisory groups. He was the National President of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of New Zealand Education, and director of its national conference. He has been a member of the Māori Art Education Advisory Group and the Australasian Institute of Art Educators. He was for 11 years the General Manager of Hapu and Iwi Development and is currently CEO of Te Runanga a-iwi-o Ngapuhi, which is a Kaikohe-based tribal organisation established to lead the spiritual, cultural, social, and economic growth of Ngapuhi. He is also the manager of the biennial Ngapuhi Festival. Mr Wihongi is a well-known artist, carver and creator of mixed media works who has acted as a Māori design consultant on national projects, including the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the National War Memorial in Wellington.

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WILKINSON, Mr Neil

For services to education

Mr Neil Wilkinson retired as Principal of Amuri Area School in 2015, having been in the role since 2005 and previously holding the position of Principal of Pleasant Point High School in 2004.

Mr Wilkinson introduced a range of innovative initiatives at Amuri Area School including a senior academy programme featuring outdoor education, carpentry, hospitality and rural skills; a programme for year 12 and 13 students looking for employment; and a flexible timetable to allow students to participate in trade academy programmes at Canterbury Tertiary College. He has been Chair of the Canterbury Westland Secondary Principals Association since 2011 and was pivotal to the greater Christchurch secondary schools' response to education renewal following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. He led discussions with secondary principals and the Ministry of Education to ensure secondary schools could determine their own outcomes based on facts gathered on population movement and from geotechnical reports. Mr Wilkinson chaired the working group on 'Network Provision/Models of delivery', ensuring all secondary schools could reach agreements and collaborate and helping communities achieve normalcy following the earthquakes.

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WILLIAMS, Mr Tawhirimatea Te Auripo Rewita (Tawhiri)

For services to Māori and education

Mr Tawhiri Williams has been involved in the education service for 47 years and is known for establishing Māori language immersion education in Ruatoki and Auckland.

Mr Williams is a teacher and Principal who, together with his wife, established bilingual and total immersion Māori medium education at Ruatoki School, which was the precursor to the kohanga reo movement and kura kuapapa Māori. Ruatoki School has been held up as an exemplar for bilingual education and Māori language immersion education. Mr Williams has grown the Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa to be a tertiary institute that specialises in the provision of Māori education, reo, tikanga and teacher training in te reo. The Wānanga also teaches Māori language to judges, lawyers and accountants. He has composed and tutored Kapa Haka, was involved in cultural competitions in the Rotorua, Whakatane and wider Waiariki region. Mr Williams has also been a national judge at Te Matatini competitions, a regional judge at Auckland competitions and a regional and national judge at Manu Kōrero competitions.

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WILLIAMS, Mr Waynne Stewart

For services to the television industry

Mr Waynne Williams has been involved with the television industry in New Zealand for 54 years and has held a number of management and line positions in television operations.

Mr Williams is one of New Zealand's best-known cameramen and has set an industry standard for camera crews as a Head Cameraman. He has worked on many New Zealand television 'firsts' including the first 'sound-on-film' interview, New Zealand's first drama series 'Pukemanu' and New Zealand's first current affairs news programme 'Compass'. He has worked on close to 10,000 news stories over six decades including French nuclear testing in the Pacific, the Springbok tour, the Crewe murders, the first MMP selection process and more recently the Christchurch earthquakes. He was one of New Zealand's first news film cameramen to work in a war zone in Vietnam and Malaysia. Throughout his career he has trained numerous young camera crews and has devoted 25 years of his career to training young talent in New Zealand and the Pacific. He assisted in the development of Fiji Television in the early 1990s, helping teach young Fijians the television trade. In more recent years Mr Williams has volunteered hours at the New Zealand Broadcasting School and has delivered training workshops throughout the country.

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WILLIS, Mr Michael Hedley

For services to wildlife conservation

Mr Michael Willis has contributed to a variety of rare animal and bird conservation projects in New Zealand for nearly 40 years.

Mr Willis established the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in north Christchurch, a wildlife preservation facility which has used recycling and sustainable practises since its inception nearly 40 years ago. He is a member of the Styx River conservation board, Styx Living Laboratory Trust. He has been involved in several Canterbury regional conservation activities such as digging out winding pines from Arthur's Pass and promoting the establishment of a Gene Bank to preserve genetic materials of rare and endangered livestock.  He was a major contributor to the Government's 'Nest Egg' kiwi recovery and other conservation programmes. In the 1970s he organised and took part in the rescue and preservation of Kunekune pigs from remote North Island localities, and prevented the extermination of Arapawa Island goats. During the 1990s he organised several expeditions to the Auckland Islands to rescue feral pigs, rabbits and cattle, which have been re-domesticated on the New Zealand mainland. Mr Willis is an inaugural member and past President of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Director of the International Rare Breeds Society.

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To be an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

DECLERCK, Mr Freddy Edy Andre

For services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemoration

Mr Freddy Declerck served 35 years with the Royal Belgian Navy before retiring in 2004, and has since been Chairman of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and was President of the Passchendaele Society of Belgium until 2015.

As Chairman of the Memorial Museum Mr Declerck has been responsible for promoting the remembrance of the Allies, in particular in those who fought on the battlefields of Flanders during the Great War. He is an acknowledged expert on the New Zealand Division's involvement on the battlefields of Flanders. He has welcomed and escorted a number of New Zealand dignitaries, including Prime Ministers and Parliamentary groups through the Museum. He has also assisted New Zealanders in locating family members buried in Flanders Fields. He brought a touring exhibition of World War One memorabilia entitled 'The Belgians Have Not Forgotten' to New Zealand in 2009. He helped organise the New Zealand Veterans Band tour of Belgium and France during the 2012 ANZAC commemorative events. He initiated and coordinated the annual Dawn Service in Polygon Wood at Butte's Cemetery. He played a major role in the twinning of the Zonnebeke Municipality in Belgium with the Waimakariri District Council in 2007. Mr Declerck was made a Life Member of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association.

HONOURS
Ridder Leopoldsorde (Knight Order of Leopold)
Officier Kroonorde (Officer Order of the Crown)
Officier Orde van Leopold II (Officer Order of Leopold II)
Militair Kruis 2de Klasse (Military Cross 2nd Class)
Militair Ereteken 1ste Klasse (Military Medal 1st Class)

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To be an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

EVRARD, Mr Sandy

For services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemoration

Mr Sandy Evrard is the mayor of Messines and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the role New Zealand played in Belgium during the First World War, particularly the liberation of Messines in 1917.

Since 1975 Messines has had a twin town relationship with Featherston, as most troops had departed from the Featherston Army training camp. Mr Evrard has upheld this relationship with Featherston and in 2000 travelled to New Zealand at his own expense to present at commemorations for the 25th anniversary of the twin town relationship between Featherston and Messines. Over the course of his 20 years as councillor and mayor he has supported the erection of a number of memorials honouring New Zealand and its soldiers, most recently in 2014 a life-size bronze statue of a New Zealand solider in the town square. He led a major redevelopment of the town's museum to highlight New Zealand's role in the battle, and organised for the museum to be opened with a formal powhiri. He has hosted the annual official New Zealand delegation for ANZAC Day in Messines, and organises a breakfast for New Zealanders on the day and for locals to fly the New Zealand flag. Mr Evrard supported two reburial ceremonies for New Zealand soldiers found during excavations of Messines in 2012 and 2013.

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MOTTRIE, Mr Benoit

For services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemoration

Mr Benoit Mottrie has been a committee member since 1990 and Chairman of the Last Post Association in Ieper (Ypres) since 2006.

The Association is a voluntary organisation that organises the nightly sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate memorial, which records the names of more than 55,000 Commonwealth soldiers including New Zealanders who were killed in the fighting around Ypres Salient during the First World War and have no known grave. The nightly ceremonies are attended by an audience of up to several thousand. Mr Mottrie oversees the provision of buglers and ushers, coordinating performances by visiting bands or choirs, arranging attendance by VIP and military representatives, and the securing of donations and recruitment of new members. He acts as master of ceremonies for major commemorative events such as Anzac Day and Armistice Day. He has supported the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service at Polygon Wood and the annual Anzac Day ceremony in Ieper. He was involved with reburial ceremonies in 2012 and 2013 for New Zealand soldiers killed in the battle of Messines. Mr Mottrie has taken buglers of the Last Post Association on a number of overseas visits, including to New Zealand in 2007 where they sounded the Last Post in several cities.

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To be an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

REYNAERT, Mr Steven

For services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemoration

Mr Steven Reynaert is the council historian and youth and cultural affairs coordinator of the Belgian town of Messines and has been instrumental in raising awareness of the role New Zealand played in Belgium during the First World War, particularly in the liberation of Messines in June 1917.

Mr Reynaert was the principal driver of the development in 2007 of a guided walk through Messines called 'In the Footsteps of the New Zealanders', the first and only guided battlefield tour in Flanders to focus on the battle of Messines and New Zealand's role. He has served as the main local guide for the past seven years, often taking tours in his own time. In 2013 he drove a project to digitise the tour for a mobile app to be downloaded for free from the local museum. He led a redevelopment of the town's museum, designing the internal content to focus on New Zealand's role in the battle and to highlight the modern day connection between Messines and New Zealand. He has provided logistical and organisational support for the annual Anzac Day ceremony in Messines and other major New Zealand commemorative ceremonies. Mr Reynaert has provided significant support to the development of the New Zealand government's western front heritage trail project.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 28 May 2015

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