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Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 - Citations for The Queen's Service Medal

ABURN, Mr Gary John

For services to conservation

Mr Gary Aburn is a conservationist and world renowned predator catcher who has contributed to the protection of kakapo, a critically endangered New Zealand national treasure with only 126 birds remaining.

Mr Aburn was pivotal in the rescue of kakapo on Stewart Island in the 1980s, leading cat control work and using dogs to track and capture female kakapo birds for transferal to safe islands, personally capturing 44 birds. The current population and management of kakapo today is the direct result of his efforts on Stewart Island. He began his conservation work helping with cat eradication on Hauturu in the Hauraki Gulf in 1977. He was field supervisor of the successful possum eradication on Whenua Hou. He was part of a small team eradicating stoats on Te Kakahu in Fiordland. As a Department of Conservation ranger he was resident ranger for 10 years on the West Coast of the South Island in the only breeding ground of the kotuku (white heron). Mr Aburn has performed contract predator and pest eradication work for the British, French and Australian governments on islands around the world.

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ANDREWS, Mr Bryan

For services to the community and sport

Mr Bryan Andrews was a committee member and President for seven years of the Auctioneers Association of New Zealand until 2013.

As an auctioneer and organiser Mr Andrews has lent his skills to a range of charitable organisations, facilitating the raising of more than $6 million for the wider community. This includes more than $1 million raised for Canterbury children's charities via the Rotary Club ball, of which he has been a committee member as well as auctioneer for the past 15 years. He has been a Trustee of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation since 2007 and a fundraising auctioneer for the Trust for 22 years. He has served as Chairman of the Christchurch Regional Trustees of the Foundation. He was involved with cricket as a player, commentator and Convenor of Selectors for Canterbury Cricket in the 1970s and 1980s. He held various official positions with the Canterbury Park Trotting Club until being elected President in 1997. He was involved with the amalgamation of the three Canterbury trotting clubs to form the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club in 1999, where he served on the Board until 2004. Mr Andrews is currently President of the Christchurch Golf Club.

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ANDREWS, Mr Edward Brian

For services to the community

Mr Edward Andrews has been the Supervisor of the Nelson Men's Night Shelter since 1994. The Night Shelter is housed in the grounds of All Saints Anglican Church and run in conjunction with a Trust, and provides short term accommodation and other related services for homeless men in Nelson.

Mr Andrews is the sole staff member of the Shelter and has been responsible for shopping for food, toiletries and cleaning materials, the provisioning of an evening meal and breakfast for Shelter users and their immediate associates, keeping the Shelter's facilities clean, and managing the Shelter's finances. He receives minimal remuneration and reimbursement of expenses for his 24/7 role, and for the first eight years as Supervisor he did not receive a salary. Through his role he has been able to help many men find permanent accommodation and has in some instances helped men into employment in factories and on fishing boats. Mr Andrews has also encouraged some of the men to grow vegetables and herbs, which are used for the Loaves and Fishes meals that are provided four days a week by the All Saints Church for the poor in the community.

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BAKER WILSON, Ms Susan Eileen (Sue)

For services to historical research and war commemoration

Ms Sue Baker Wilson has carried out extensive research on the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company (NZETC) of World War One.

Ms Baker Wilson has communicated with families and descendants of NZETC and the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion and organised a visit to France where the men served. Her research led to the identification of Sapper Michael Tobin as the first New Zealand Expeditionary Force death on the Western Front, resulting in his grave being officially recognised. She has cultivated contacts with the city of Arras in France, contributing to a visit of representatives from Arras at the opening of the Arras Tunnel in Wellington in 2014 and a Mayoral delegation to Waihi in April 2015. She is project manager for the construction of a permanent memorial to the NZETC, which will be dedicated in 2016. She has helped raise awareness of WW1 suicides, with solders now officially recognised as deaths attributable to war service. She developed what is believed to be the country's first e-memorial to World War One enlistments. She successfully lobbied for a Council-owned archive room for historical material from Katikati to be stored and readily accessed. Ms Baker Wilson has researched and written numerous historical stories which have been recorded for radio.

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BILLENS, Mrs Judith Merenako

For services to Māori

Mrs Judith Billens has contributed in the areas of education, health, business development and Iwi development in the Nelson Marlborough region.

Mrs Billens has held numerous governance roles in various organisations since the 1990s. She is currently a member of Te Tau Ihu Iwi Health Board, the Māori Women's Welfare League, the Child Youth and Family Care and Protection Panel, representative of Kotahitanga Nelson City Council Iwi forum and representative for Ngati Tama Regional Intersectional Forum. Her previous Board involvements include Wakatu Inc, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Te Rito Violence, Age Concern, Women's Refuge, and Ngati Tama kit e Tau Ihu Manawhenua Trust. She is the current Chair of the Cultural Council for Ngati Tama. She has been involved with the Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology Iwi Advisory Board, Nelson Marlborough Health and Disability Support Advisory, Nelson Area St John Advisory, the New Zealand Care Advisory Board, and the Public Health Advisory for Nelson Marlborough Health Community. Mrs Billens has been the Principal Director of Aotearoa Tourism Māori since 2010.

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BIRCHALL, Mr Allen Clement

For services to landscape architecture

Mr Allen Birchall has contributed to landscape architecture, especially in Dunedin, for more than 50 years.

Mr Birchall has run Astonville Nurseries for more than 50 years. He opened Cherry Court Lodge (now Cargills Quality Hotel), designing and constructing the inner courtyard. He has landscaped numerous private Dunedin gardens, commercial properties such as Cadbury's, Palmer's Quarry Garden, and Woodland Village, as well as public spaces such as Dunedin Teachers' College and a number of Otago University precincts. He has planted 15,000 rhododendrons throughout Dunedin and founded the Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust. In the wider region his landscaping can be seen in Mosgiel Park, Glenfalloch Gardens, Port Chalmers Cruise Ship passenger terminal, Southland Polytechnic, Dunedin and Wanaka Airports. He has contributed to public education on improving the landscape environment through the media, public meetings and landscape design courses, and his 1972 book 'Living in Landscape'. He co-founded the New Zealand Association of Landscape Designers in 1967 (later known as the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Inc and the Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand Inc). Internationally, Mr Birchall oversaw the landscape design at the Pacific Harbour development in Deuba, Fiji in the 1970s and has designed other Pacific Island resorts.

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BROWN, Mrs Paku Jane

For services to Māori

Mrs Paku Brown has promoted Māori language and culture through a range of organisations in the Gisborne area.

Mrs Brown continues to work full time as a Kai arahi reo Māori language expert at Te Kura Kuapapa Māori o Nga Uri a Maui in Gisborne. She has taught Te Reo Māori since 1986, having begun her career as Kaiako at Manutuke Te Kohanga Reo. She has provided cultural training to a variety of groups at Whakato Marae in Manutuke. She has delivered training on the art of karanga at local marae and with organisations in the community, such as Gisborne Hospital. From 2000 to 2012 she was the Kaumatua for the Tairawhiti Police and assisted with a number of powhiri and official functions for the Gisborne Police. She has provided guidance for the proper processes involving Māori tikanga and kawa, and provided cultural advice for the establishment and opening of a new Gisborne Police building in 2008. Mrs Brown has been Kaumatua of the Tairawhiti Māori Netball teams since 1998 and provided training and assistance in tikanga practices when the teams have travelled to marae in other tribal areas.

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BROWN, Mrs Shirley Doris

For services to tennis

Mrs Shirley Brown has contributed to tennis on the West Coast as a champion and veteran player, administrator, tournament organiser, club captain and mentor since the 1950s.

Mrs Brown has been Club Captain of West Coast Veterans Tennis since 1979. Between 1952 and 1970 she won 18 senior open titles, as well as several Buller titles. She has been the fundraising coordinator of the Grey United Tennis Club since 1950, and the organiser of Grey United Twilight Tennis business hours competition since 1996, which has raised more than $40,000 towards improving facilities for the Grey United Tennis Club. She has been in charge of the annual West Coast Whitebait Wimbledon Tournament held over Labour Weekend since its inception 35 years ago. This has included overseeing the tournament, associated raffles and catering, as well as playing in the tournament. She has been made a Life Member of the Grey united Tennis Club, the West Coast Veterans Tennis Club and West Coast Association Tennis. Mrs Brown continued to play until the age of 83, when she stepped down to care for her ill husband.

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CHE, Mrs Weixing, JP

For services to the Chinese community

Mrs Weixing Che has contributed services to the Chinese community in New Zealand for 12 years.

Mrs Che was elected Deputy Chairwoman of the New Zealand Chinese Women's Association in 2003 and Chairwoman in 2006. She has been a Senior Honorary Advisor to the Auckland Cambodia and Chinese Kung Luck Association since 2010 and also holds senior Honorary roles in the New Zealand Song Qingling Foundation, the New Zealand Qingdao Association, the New Zealand Teo Chew Nang Association and the New Zealand Peaceful Unification of China Association. Under Mrs Che's leadership, the New Zealand Chinese Women's Association has developed a strong agenda of social activities such as dragon festivals, Christmas Parades, dances and visits to the elderly. Mrs Che has helped many Chinese families to settle into life in New Zealand. The Association and Mrs Che personally have donated funds to the New Zealand Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Christchurch, the Foundation of the Blind, the Salvation Army and earthquake relief efforts overseas.

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COUTTS, Mrs Wendy Corrine

For services to people with disabilities and motorsport

Mrs Wendy Coutts has contributed to CCS Disability Action in a voluntary capacity since the 1980s and has been active with Speedway New Zealand for more than 30 years.

Mrs Coutts has held numerous roles within CCS Disability Action including President of the Marlborough Branch, Regional Chair of Nelson/Marlborough, Regional Representative on the National Board for the Central Region, Chair of Finance National Board, the first female President of the National Board from 2007 to 2011, and is currently a member of the Board Assets and Liabilities Working Group and a Committee member for Nelson/Marlborough. She led the organisation through a major governance review in 2011. She initially joined the Blenheim Eastern States Speedway Club before being elected as a Board member of Speedway New Zealand in 2000. She served as President from 2003 to 2007 and continues to serve on the Speedway New Zealand Appeal Panel. Mrs Coutts has been President of Diabetes New Zealand Marlborough Inc since 2011, where she has contributed to growth in membership, the sharing of governance knowledge and implementation of best practice, and strengthening the voice of the organisation in the community.

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CRAWFORD, Mrs Nancy Kathleen (Kit)

For services to people with Williams Syndrome

Mrs Kit Crawford has devoted 32 years to raising awareness of Williams Syndrome (WS), a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with cardiovascular problems.

Mrs Crawford joined the New Zealand Hypercalcaemia Parent Support Group in 1982, which received information from the equivalent organisation in England, until the New Zealand group ceased. She continued to receive information from overseas and in order to pass this on to other families she established the New Zealand Williams Syndrome Association (NZWSA) in 1989. She maintained personal connections with all member families and distributed any required information with minimal membership fees. She ran fundraising initiatives for the association and attended public functions to raise awareness of WS, arranging for articles to be written in magazines and newspapers, and for television segments. In 1992 she initiated the biennial NZWSA camps to bring together WS sufferers, their families and care-givers, and therapy professionals. She organised the funding for these camps to ensure all those wanting to attend were able to, in order to bring together isolated WS families. As the association grew she established a committee to support member families and set up regional coordinators to manage support on a local level. Mrs Crawford has since handed over her leadership responsibilities but continues to be involved.

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DUNWOODIE, Mrs Geraldine Butler

For services to heritage preservation

Mrs Geraldine Dunwoodie has played an integral part in the establishment and running of The Treasury, which houses the Hauraki-Coromandel Archive and Family Research Centre in Thames.

The Treasury opened in 2003 and the adjoining purpose-built climate controlled archive was opened in 2014. Mrs Dunwoodie was a member of the Hauraki Thames Indexing Group from 1998 to 2003 and developed the idea of a safe storage facility to preserve documents and records of the heritage of the Hauraki region. She was a member of the Coromandel Heritage Trust steering group in 2001 and has been a founding member of the Coromandel Heritage Trust Committee since 2003. She wrote the Trust's business plan and drafted many of the policies required to manage and operate the Centre. Leading up to the establishment of The Treasury she collected a large volume of records and resources to ensure there would be a collection of some significance present when the archive opened. She currently holds the role of curator until a permanent curator is appointed and is responsible for sourcing funding grants and cataloguing all material received. She is the Trust representative on local heritage groups such as Hauraki Heritage Coromandel.

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FLEMING, Mrs Erin Meryl, JP

For services to the community

Mrs Erin Fleming established the Christian Community Care (CCC) food bank in 1999 and managed the service until its closure in 2013.

Mrs Fleming established CCC utilising a small bedroom in her home. The service quickly grew and premises were secured in Kayes Road, Pukekohe, where it operated until it was forced to close due to the lease expiring. At its peak CCC volunteers cooked a three course mid-day meal from donated ingredients each Monday for anyone who wished to join them, often feeding up to 200 people. CCC would enlist up to 126 volunteers each week in various capacities from collecting food, sorting food and clothing, preparing food parcels, preparing meals, organising a crèche, and contributing to the management committee. The CCC also distributed food parcels each Monday, used clothing and furniture was available for free and counselling, budgeting, cooking and anger management classes were available. Special parcels were put together for Christmas, containing donated food and presents for children, and distributed to up to 90 families in need. Each school term Mrs Fleming raised funds to select and send around 12 children to Chosen Valley camp. Mrs Fleming has also been a Justice of the Peace since 2004.

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FRASER, Ms Harima Thelma Renei

For services to veterans and Māori

Ms Harima Fraser has been instrumental in the development and revival of the 28th Māori Battalion (NZ) Association, with a specific role to support the remaining Battalion soldiers since 2004.

Ms Fraser has volunteered her time as a caregiver and supporter of the veterans, organising and coordinating their reunions, and attending commemorative events. In 2006 she recognised that a number of surviving Battalion members were not receiving a war pension and worked to ensure they received their correct entitlements. She has been instrumental in ensuring the veterans and their families are visible on commemorative occasions around New Zealand and internationally, often contributing her own time and funds to ensure this has occurred. She has worked with the veterans on a history of B Company, a joint project between the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Education. At the request of the veterans she initiated the development of the 28th Māori Battalion website launched in 2009. She has actively promoted Māori language and culture (te reo Māori me ōna tikanga) in the workplace. As a registered teacher Ms Fraser has taught te reo Māori in the public sector for more than 20 years.

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GIFFORD, Mr Neilson John

For services to squash

Mr Neilson Gifford has been involved with the sport of Squash since 1964, initially as a member of the Morrinsville Squash Club.

Mr Gifford has managed New Zealand Squash Association and Waikato Squash Association Junior teams, coached players to achieve New Zealand Squash recognition, been a New Zealand selector, a New Zealand Examiner of Referees, and National Director of Coaching, Training and Development for New Zealand Squash. He established coach and referee structures in Malaysia and Singapore. In 1987 he designed and developed a transportable mini squash court so that squash could be included in the Kiwisport programme and encourage young people to take up the game. New Zealand Squash adopted his design, which is now part of every squash district in New Zealand. He wrote and produced video and resource materials for schools to accompany the court, and in the Waikato he became involved in the training of primary school teachers in the Kiwisquash programme. He was Chairman of the Morrinsville Club and the Waikato District. He is a Life Member and Patron of both organisations. In 2010 and 2011 Mr Gifford was a member of the New Zealand Squash Hall of Fame Selection Panel.

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GOCK, Mr Moo Lock (Joe)

For services to the horticulture industry

Mr Joe Gock has been a market gardener since the 1950s.

Mr Gock was a pioneer in raising kumaras using under-earth heating in modern hotbeds. He also developed a disease-free strain of kumara, now a mainstay of the kumara industry known as Owairaka Red. In partnership with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research he developed a prototype kumara curing shed, which reduced kumara crop losses from 50 percent to less than one percent allowing the seasonal crop to be marketed all year round. In the late 1950s he successfully grew seedless watermelons and to distinguish this placed stickers on individual fruit, now a common practice and marketing tool in the industry. In the 1980s he bought and patented a mould for bushel-sized polystyrene boxes for packing and transporting broccoli while keeping it fresh. These polystyrene boxes are still in wide use today. He has been a member of the Chinese Commercial Growers Association for more than 60 years, and has mentored young Chinese growers. He is also a member of the Dominion Federation of New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers. Mr Gock was featured in the 2012 book 'Sons of the Soil: a history of Chinese Market Gardeners of New Zealand'.

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GOODIN, Mr John Patrick (Steak)

For services to the community

Mr Steak Goodin has contributed to the community in Taranaki for more than 30 years.

Mr Goodin has held Presidencies of the Okato Rugby Domain Board, Squash and Opunake Racing Clubs. As Vice-Chairman of Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing he contributed to the effort to build a major racing facility in New Plymouth. As a member of the Taranaki Dame Malvina Major Foundation committee he has helped raise funds and the profile of the Foundation in Taranaki. A member of the START Taranaki Charitable Trust Board for five years, he was closely involved in fundraising and opened his home to many male youth offenders, providing farm work experience to help them in their rehabilitation. A Caregiver for 18 years for Child Youth and Family, he and his wife have had 58 children and young people placed with them (not including those youth via the START programme). As Chair of the Taranaki Life Education Trust he has added a second classroom and vehicle to the Trust. He also built 50 life-size giraffes to advertise the Trust. Mr Goodin has also served on the Auckland Sacred Heart Boys College Boarding Hostel Board and as Chairman of Saint Patrick's Okato Parish Council.

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HALL, Mrs Valmai Jeanne (Val)

For services to senior citizens and people with disabilities

Mrs Val Hall established the Sunshine Service in Gisborne in 1982 to provide transport services for the elderly and disabled.

Mrs Hall has worked tirelessly to keep Sunshine Service running and has been Chairperson since 1994. She has been instrumental in raising funds to purchase nine vans for the service since it began. The service receives no government funding and relies solely on donations and fundraising. Organisations such as rest homes, Stroke Support and the Blind Foundation rely on the service to transport client groups and individuals. There are approximately 1,500 clients using the service. She has conducted induction courses for all new drivers and assistants to ensure they can give quality care while transporting clients. She arranged for guest speakers from blind, Alzheimer's and stroke groups to present to the volunteers so that they may better understand the care needs of passengers. She has also been involved with the National Executive Council of the Girls Brigade, the Aged Peoples Welfare Council, as a Parish Clerk of the Gisborne Presbyterian Parish, coordinator of Bible-in-Schools at Kaiti School for 15 years, and was the Manager of Dunblane Elder Care Complex for 18 years. Mrs Hall led fundraising efforts to rebuild the St Andrews Church after it was damaged in the 2007 earthquake.

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HALSTEAD, Mr David Leigh

For services to business and the community

Mr David Halstead has contributed to the Christchurch community through a range of organisations.

Mr Halstead is a Life Member and former President of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, having been a member since 1994. He was Chair of Business New Zealand Manufacturer's Forum from 2006 to 2009, and is currently Chair of the Merivale Business Association. He was a member of Christchurch College of Education Board from 1997 to 2007, during which time he held the positions of Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Since 2007 he has served on the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Council, including as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a Director of the Christchurch Polytechnic Holding Company Limited and a Trustee of the Otautahi Education Development Property Trust. He has served as Honorary Consul for Austria in the South Island for seven years. He was the Founding Chairman of Clown Doctors' Charitable Trust in 2008 and 2009, having taken on the role to help establish Clown Doctors in New Zealand, form a Board of Directors and achieve charitable status for the organisation. Mr Halstead has been an elected member of the Christchurch City Council Fendalton/Waimairi Community Board.

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HEATH, Mrs Susan

For services to foster care

Mrs Susan Heath has been a foster carer since 1998, caring for approximately 70 children, from new-borns to 13 year olds, for periods ranging from single emergency nights to four years per child.

Mrs Heath has maintained a commitment to improving her skills to provide the best possible care for vulnerable children, attending National Caregiver Training workshops to keep up-to-date with research and trends in foster care. She was a member of the National Foster Care Conference organising committee in Tauranga in 2008, and has attended annual National Foster Care Conferences between 2008 and 2014, mostly at her own expense, to gain knowledge and pass this on to other caregivers to improve foster care in the Bay of Plenty region. She was invited to attend the International Foster Care Organisation Conference in Victoria, Canada in 2011. She assisted the Fostering Kids Regional Coordinator to successfully start foster care associations in Waikato, Taupo, Tokoroa, Whakatane and Rotorua, and is a proactive committee member of the Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association. She has been Chairperson of the Tauranga Foster Care Association since 2012. Mrs Heath organised the Home for Life meeting in Tauranga to clarify processes for permanent care, and reduce barriers between Child Youth and Family and foster carers.

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HUDSON, Mr Ronald Boyd

For services to Māori

Mr Ronald Hudson is a respected kaumatua, known for his knowledge of history, tikanga te reo Māori, and te Ao Māori, and his counsel and support for social and health services.

Mr Hudson's whakapapa links him to the South Taranaki iwi of Ngati Ruanui and Ngaruahine, and the Western Bay of Plenty iwi, Whakatohea. He is a resident of, and active in, Palmerston North where he is the tribe's key advisor. He supports social services and health groups by providing guidance in tikanga and counsel ensuring that health services are delivered in a kaupapa Māori way.  He is kaumatua for Manawhenua Hauora, and Whare Rapuora, MidCentral District Health Board, and has been an integral part of Te Mauri o Rangitaane o Manawatu (Council of Elders). He has been a cultural advisor to a number of organisations and was an advisor for Ngati Ruanui and Ngaruahinerangi during settlement of their treaty claims. He has supported initiatives to improve the knowledge and health of te reo Māori and was involved in the Te Reo o Taranaki Trust which compiled text to be used by the Māori Language Commission in its national Māori language dictionary project. Mr Hudson contributes to the breakfast show on Kia ora FM.

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HUGHES, Mr Leonard Keith

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Leonard Hughes joined the Tairua Fire Brigade in 1969 and served there until 1977, before moving to Pauanui and joining the Pauanui Volunteer Fire Brigade, where he has served the past 38 years.

Mr Hughes was a member of the Brigade Competition Track Team in Tairua for 18 years and Pauanui for six years. He was a representative of Pauanui Brigade at Auckland Provincial Association Competitions and Conferences for 12 years. He has delivered fire safety messages to schools and community groups. He served on the Thames Valley Goldfield Association for four years and rose through the ranks to become President from 1990 to 1992. He was a founding member of the local Land Search and Rescue organisation and Pauanui Jet Rescue Service in 1978. He continues to serve with these organisations and is Chief Fire Officer of Pauanui Fire Brigade, a position he has held since 2000. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Brigade. Mr Hughes was a driving force within his Brigade to establish a 'first response' medical capability to provide a greater service to the community, leading to the establishment of the First Response Medical Team in 2002, of which he was a founding member.

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JENKS, Mr Cyril Elder (Elder)

For services to the welfare of wild horses

Mr Elder Jenks and his wife Marilyn Jenks have been involved with the Kaimanawa Horses since 1995 and in 2003 established a new society to address the welfare of these horses at all levels.

They have saved the lives of more than 1,000 heritage horses that would have otherwise been culled by putting them up for adoption at a biennial muster. Mr and Mrs Jenks continue to provide a programme of support and monitoring to ensure the adopted horses continue to live useful lives in an appropriate environment. They have facilitated the cooperation of the New Zealand Army, the Department of Conservation and Animal Welfare groups to manage the numbers and welfare of wild horses. The pair organise an annual show for the Kaimanawas with sponsored prizes for owners to showcase their ex-wild horses. They have held clinics on horsemanship, pony shows, and established a range of Kaimanawa clothing to raise funds for raising awareness of and saving wild horses. They organise an annual bus trip in collaboration with the New Zealand Army to travel into the Kaimanawa ranges to view the wild horses in their natural habitat. Mr and Mrs Jenks organised for a sign to be erected on the Desert Road in 2013 declaring the area 'The Home of the Kaimanawa Heritage Horses'.

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JENKS, Mrs Marilyn Kathleen

For services to the welfare of wild horses

Mrs Marilyn Jenks and her husband Elder Jenks have been involved with the Kaimanawa Horses since 1995 and in 2003 established a new society to address the welfare of these horses at all levels.

They have saved the lives of more than 1,000 heritage horses that would have otherwise been culled by putting them up for adoption at a biennial muster. Mr and Mrs Jenks continue to provide a programme of support and monitoring to ensure the adopted horses continue to live useful lives in an appropriate environment. They have facilitated the cooperation of the New Zealand Army, the Department of Conservation and Animal Welfare groups to manage the numbers and welfare of wild horses. The pair organise an annual show for the Kaimanawas with sponsored prizes for owners to showcase their ex-wild horses. They have held clinics on horsemanship, pony shows, and established a range of Kaimanawa clothing to raise funds for raising awareness of and saving wild horses. They organise an annual bus trip in collaboration with the New Zealand Army to travel into the Kaimanawa ranges to view the wild horses in their natural habitat. Mr and Mrs Jenks organised for a sign to be erected on the Desert Road in 2013 declaring the area 'The Home of the Kaimanawa Heritage Horses'.

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JONES, Mr David Peter

For services to the community and philanthropy

Mr David Jones is a foundation member of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, which has raised more than $2 million for charity since it was established in 1998.

Mr Jones has been a tireless behind-the-scenes worker who has been involved in promotion of events, setting up functions, coordinating volunteer labour and liaising with key partners to ensure fundraising events and projects are carried out effectively. He was involved in coordinating a venture to clear a five year waiting list for children requiring treatment for glue ear in South Auckland in 1998 with the Trust donating $40,000 for a free mass surgery for 120 children over the course of two weekends. He has worked on projects that have benefitted the Starship Children's Hospital, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, Middlemore Hospital, Camp Quality and Canteen. He organised the functions for the Trust's Operation Heal campaign in 2010, which raised $230,000 to purchase a high tech operating microscope for the National Burn Unit. Most recently Mr Jones was involved in organising an event in 2014 which raised $250,000 for vital equipment at the new neo-natal unit at Middlemore Hospital.

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KAINUKU, Mrs Faye Mollie (Mollie)

For services to people with diabetes

Mrs Mollie Kainuku has contributed to diabetic nursing for more than 30 years.

Mrs Kainuku was Nurse Supervisor Night Duty at Masterton Hospital for five years and Provider of Specialist Diabetic Nursing Services for the Wairarapa District Health Board from 1995 to 2012. She made herself available, often unpaid, on a 24 hour seven day a week basis to help patients, including with shopping and complex family and social issues. She has advocated on behalf of Diabetes New Zealand Wairarapa - the organisation she played a large role in rescuing from disbandment - with the District Health Board for community funding for insulin pumps and self-management courses for all child sufferers of Type 1 Diabetes. Outside working hours she organised self-management courses to get Type 2 diabetics more involved in the control and management of the disease. As a member of the Wairarapa Health Trust she helped raise funds for hospital equipment and ambulances. She inaugurated free clinics at Papawai Marae in Greytown and in the Cameron Community in Masterton for Māori and Pacific Islanders. Since her retirement Mrs Kainuku continues to be involved in Diabetes New Zealand Wairarapa as a volunteer and Patron.

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KNIGHT, Dr Barry Caine

For services to health

Dr Barry Knight has provided 50 years of medical service to the Tokoroa district.

Dr Knight's medical duties included obstetric and anaesthetic duties at Tokoroa hospital, and in earlier years assisting police with medical and road traffic situations. He came to Tokoroa in 1965 working as a General Practitioner and Anaesthetist at the hospital. Until recent years he was on the emergency medical roster for after-hours service, including road accident call outs, weekend surgery consultations, and other medical events. He has a reputation for his good early diagnostic skills and early referral for specialist care. He has assisted with more than 2,000 childbirths during his career. He was the President of the Rotary Club of Tokoroa. Dr Knight is known for providing medical services to some families without seeking payment.

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LAMB, Mr Murray Philip

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Murray Lamb has been a member of the Woodend Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1977.

Mr Lamb was appointed as Chief Fire Officer when the Woodend Brigade became independent of the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1995. He was instrumental to the business planning and strategy work to obtain Fire Service agreement to extend the Woodend Fire District to include response coverage and risk management for the development of the Pegasus Town area. He led the coordination of two successful Emergency Rescue Services Showcases in 2013 and 2014, opening these services up to the public and providing networking opportunities between the various emergency and rescue service organisations. He has overseen training with other emergency agencies, particularly with St John Ambulance to ensure Woodend Brigade is prepared to provide initial emergency medical response. He has also ensured his Brigade is trained to an advanced level to deal with high impact traffic incidents to cover the dangerous State Highway 1/Pineacres Corner intersection within the Woodend Fire District. He coordinated and oversaw the response of Woodend Brigade resources at the Canterbury Television site within hours of the February 2011 earthquake. Mr Lamb has led various successful fundraising initiatives to improve the facilities and equipment available to the Brigade.

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LOGAN, Mrs Kathryn Jane (Jane)

For services to swimming and waterpolo

Mrs Jane Logan has contributed to swimming and waterpolo since 1978.

Mrs Logan has taught and coached swimming in Manurewa and Papakura since 1978, and continues to take classes nearly every morning for Swimming Club members and members of the Counties-Manukau Masters. She has served the Manurewa Swimming Club in a variety of coaching roles and has served several periods as Chief Coach, a position she has held since 2004. In the 1980s and 1990s as Counties Education Officer she trained hundreds of older swimmers and teachers in Kiwiswim programmes to teach basic skills to children at schools in Counties Manukau. She assisted with teaching disabled children how to swim at Homai College. She coached Jason Griffith and Aaron Bidious, both swimmers with disabilities, who competed at the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996, where she attended as team coach. Since 2011 she has coached Special Olympic swimmers, and is currently coaching Sam Muir James for Open Water Swimming for the 2015 World Games. She has been the honorary coach for Manukau Masters Swimming Club since the late 1990s, and has coached teams to Italy and Perth for World Masters championships. Mrs Logan has been the principal under 12 coach for the Mountford Park Waterpolo Club since 2007.

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LOGAN, Mr Terence Robert (Terry)

For services to swimming and waterpolo

Mr Terry Logan has been involved with swimming and waterpolo on a voluntary basis since the 1980s.

Mr Logan served as a Committee member to the Manurewa Swimming Club from 1980 to 1997, and served as Club President on three occasions. He was a Committee member of the Marist Waterpolo Club from 2000 to 2003 and served as Secretary. He made submissions to the Manukau City Council when the Mountford Park Swimming Pool was being built to ensure it was deep enough to play waterpolo, enabling the sport, and other deep water pool sports such as underwater hockey to be brought to South Auckland. He was a founding member of the Mountford Park Waterpolo Club, was Founding President from 2005 until 2011, President again in 2014, and continues to serve on the Committee. More than 1,000 children have been through the Club since its establishment. Since 2005 Mr Logan has organised and administered a Social Waterpolo League on Sunday evenings, including organising teams, draws, referees, maintenance of equipment and record-keeping, and since 2008 he has organised and administered an Intermediate Schools Waterpolo League.

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MACPHERSON, Mrs Ethel Taihaere

For services to Māori and education

Mrs Ethel Macpherson was a teacher on the East Coast and in Gisborne for 51 years and is dedicated to the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori.

Mrs Macpherson is regarded as an expert of the tribal dialects of the reo of the Ngati Porou people. She has provided translations for Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, including 'Te Takenga Mai o Te Kumara Ki Aotearoa' (How the Kumara Came to New Zealand). She was involved in a group called Te Ropu Haukiwi, which was set up to contribute stories of interest to young students of Te Reo Māori, and a number of their books were published by the Ministry of Education. She was involved in the Manukura Project between 2006 and 2008, which provided mentoring and advice to the students at Gisborne Girls High School. She is an accomplished translator and in 2009 was a Kai pānui (Reader) of the Nga Tamatoa Translation Project. In 2010 she translated two stories which encouraged whanau to be safe around water. Mrs Macpherson is a Life Member of the Māori Women's Welfare League.

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MATTHEWS, Mrs Prudence Jane (Prue)

For services to heritage preservation

Mrs Prue Matthews has contributed to the preservation of the history of the Marlborough region for many years, having begun this work with her late husband Nevil in the 1980s.

Mrs Matthews has spent many hours interviewing, collating oral histories and referencing information about people and events in the region. She has co-authored the books 'The History of the Police Force in Marlborough', 'The History of the Rapaura District' and 'The Matthews Family History'. She was a key contributor and co-editor of the Marlborough Historical Society's magazine for four years. She was instrumental in the compilation of Clubs Marlborough's 125th anniversary commemorative history book. She has driven heritage preservation projects such as the restoration of the ex-convict ship Edwin Fox, the cob cottage at Riverlands and the White's Bay Cable Station. She was a founder of the Blenheim Riverside Railway Society, which built a six kilometre railway link between the cities' museums over 30 years. She contributed to the establishment of museums at Renwick, Havelock, Picton, White's Bay and Blenheim. Mrs Matthews has been a member of the Marlborough Art Society for 40 years, serving on the Committee and as Convenor of Studio activities, and currently teaches a pastel painting class.

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MCCALLUM, Mrs Norma

For services to the community

Mrs Norma McCallum founded the organisation Waikanae 2000 in 1993, a programme aiming to improve business, leisure and environmental aspects of Waikanae, and was President for eight years giving an average of 25 to 30 voluntary hours each week.

Waikanae 2000 focused on the revitalisation of the commercial heart of the town, encompassing the filling of 13 empty shops in Mahara Place, the establishment of Mahara Gallery, and the creation of a unique town logo for use by business and community groups. The group also installed plaques on historic buildings, Welcome to Waikanae signs, coordinated regular market days and organised business seminars for local enterprises. Mrs McCallum has been an active member of Keep Waikanae Beautiful and was instrumental in introducing projects for graffiti-free areas, beach clean-up and work at the Waimea Lagoons and Waikanae railway station. She organised Clean Up New Zealand Weeks involving local schools. She is currently a volunteer at the Waikanae Police Base and coordinates her local Neighbourhood Support Group. She was President of Waikanae Business and Professional Women and President of the Kapiti Chorale. She was a coordinator for the Kapiti Coast Adult Reading and Learning Association from 1990 to 1996. Mrs McCallum founded the Karori Historical Society and served as President from 1973 to 1984.

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MCFEDRIES, Mrs Lynette Ann (Lyn)

For services to surf life saving

Mrs Lyn McFedries has contributed to lifesaving and swimming in Otaki since 1966.

Mrs McFedries joined the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club in 1966, and was its secretary for 38 years.  She has also been the club's team manager, a competition official, and was a member of its fundraising committee. In addition to administrative duties, she also contributed to planning trips to competitions for athletes and their supporters. She was the chaperone for the Manawatu Swimming Centre Representative Team for five years. She was a founding member of the Otaki Amateur Swimming Club and served on its committee for 26 years, as well as coaching learn to swim classes. She was a surf official at both regional and national levels. She was a member of the Otaki Pool Organising Committee, which resulted in the construction, heating, and covering of a public swimming pool in Otaki. Mrs McFedries is a life member of several surf lifesaving and swimming clubs, and has received service awards from Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and the Manawatu Swimming Centre.

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MCFEDRIES, Mr Napier Hugh

For services to surf life saving

Mr Napier McFedries has contributed to lifesaving and swimming in Otaki for more than 50 years.

Mr McFedries joined the Otaki Surf Lifesaving Club in 1963, and has been its swimming coach since then. He was a founder member of the Otaki Amateur Swimming Club and served on its committee for 27 years, as well as organising and running learn to swim classes.  He has coached developing swimmers, which has helped many surf club members to achieve the target times necessary to become lifeguards. He was the Team Manager for the Manawatu Swimming Centre Representative Team for five years. He is currently a national surf lifesaving competition official. He was a member of the Otaki Pool Organising Committee, which resulted in the construction, heating, and covering of a public swimming pool in Otaki.  Mr McFedries is a Life Member of several surf lifesaving and swimming clubs, and has received service awards from the Manawatu Swimming Centre and the New Zealand Swimming Association.

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MCKENNA, Mr Colin Peter

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Colin McKenna has been a member of the New Zealand Fire Service since 1975 and has been the Chief Fire Officer of Featherston since 1996.

Mr McKenna has given more than 40 years' voluntary service to the Featherston community through the Featherston Volunteer Fire Brigade, St John and Civil Defence. As a fire fighter and mechanic, he willingly uses those skills in the community beyond his role at the Fire Service, including assisting the Police. Mr McKenna is a well-respected and conscientious leader and his energy and hard work are instrumental in the success of the Featherston Fire Brigade. He serves as a mentor to colleagues and ensures appropriate support is provided to them after traumatic incidents.

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MCLEAN, Ms Vivienne Carol

For services to conservation

Ms Vivienne McLean has contributed to conservation for more than 15 years.

Ms McLean is a founding trustee and has served two terms as Chair of the Kauri 2000 Charitable Trust, established in 1999. She played an integral part in the planning and plating of 40,000 kauri trees at more than 35 sites on the Coromandel Peninsula, most of them recovering from the impacts of historic logging, gold mining or failed farm development. This work has involved organising sit preparation and hundreds of planters each year, including the participation of four Coromandel schools. Her more recent achievements include initiating discussions with the Kauri Dieback Programme that have resulted in Kauri 2000 playing an active role in raising public awareness of kauri dieback. More recently, this involvement has led to the formation of the new Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum, an independent community-based organisation working with the national dieback programme, the Department of Conservation, the district and regional councils and local groups to protect kauri around the Peninsula and prevent the spread of the disease. She is Chair of the Forum's management group. Ms McLean has also served as Chair of the local ratepayers' association and Secretary of the reserve management group.

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MITAI-NGATAI, Mr Minarapa

For services to Māori and the community

Mr Minarapa Mitai-Ngatai has been involved with hockey as a coach and player in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty since 1944, and as a referee and manager since 1948.

Mr Mitai-Ngatai has coached Bay of Plenty Under 11 Development Squads and most recently was coach of the Selwyn Primary School Maxi Team in 2013. He is a saxophonist and has performed at a variety of events, including at funeral processions for close to 40 years. He has performed at Hinemoa Point Marae for events and fundraisers and has performed at Anzac Day ceremonies. He has performed in New Zealand and Australia with the Maureen Haira Māori and Pacific Island Group. He worked for Radio Te Arawa and recorded local artists to play on the station. Mr Mitai-Ngatai has contributed to carvings for the Kahumatamoemoe Marae and Hongoeka Marae and carved the baptism font for St Michaels Church in Rotorua.

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MUTHUMALA, Dr Daniel, JP

For services to the Sri Lankan community

Dr Daniel Muthumala has been involved with the Sri Lankan community in New Zealand since the early 1980s.

Dr Muthumala was involved with the establishment of the United Sri Lanka Association in 1983 and served as Secretary from 1992 to 1995. He pioneered the establishment of the Sri Lanka Association of New Zealand in 2004 to promote Sri Lankan culture, particularly among Sri Lankan youth, and forge links between Māori and Sri Lankan cultures. He was instrumental in obtaining an array of Sri Lankan drums and ensuring the availability of tutoring. He has worked with Orongomai Marae in Upper Hutt on Waitangi Day celebrations since 2004, staging cultural presentations such as Sri Lankan children singing in Māori backed by Sri Lankan traditional drumming. He was Convenor and a Committee member of the Wellington Theravada Buddhist Association from 1981 to 1989. Dr Muthumala raised funds for the Sri Lankan tsunami appeal and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1998.

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NELLEY, Ms Betty Edith

For services to history and tourism

Ms Betty Nelley was Chief Executive of the iconic and award-winning Kauri Museum at Matakohe from 2008 until her retirement in 2014, having held various other positions with the Museum since 1995.

During Ms Nelley's 19-year involvement she developed the Museum into a leading resource centre for the development of the kauri timber and gum industries in New Zealand and a key tourist attraction for Matakohe. Through daily busloads of tourists the Museum has remained financially stable without Council support. The Kauri Museum was recognised in 2012 as the first museum in the world to receive a carbon-zero certification for its overall use of energy and in 2013 the Museum won the Project Achievement Award for Innovation/Environment/Technology at the Museums Aotearoa Award for its green initiative. She has played a key role in a project to research the history of kauri spanning thousands of years. She has contributed to the researching and recording of stories of those from the district who fought in the First World War, helping families discover more about their family members who never returned. Ms Nelley is a member of the Rotary Club of Maungaturoto and Districts and is a past President of the Club.

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PANAPA, Mr Stewart Tuari John James (James)

For services to Māori and education

Mr James Panapa has been Ruahapia Marae representative on the Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Board and has been a Trustee on the Marae's Committee since 1976.

Mr Panapa was Chairman of St Joseph's Māori Girls College Parent Teachers Association from 1979 to 1982. He has served on various Boards of Trustees for a number of schools for 28 years, most recently as Chairman of Mangateretere School Board of Trustees since 2007. He has been an advocate for the role of education in improving the lives of Māori, putting himself through teachers training in his 60s to further contribute in this area. He has taught Te Reo Māori at various colleges around Hastings and Napier, and most recently at Mangateretere School since 2008. Since 1948 he has held various positions within the Waipatu Māori Catholic Club including Chairman and is the current Treasurer. He was Vice Chairman of the Light House Trust from 2003 to 2005, a Napier based organisation for psychiatric patients with a broad spectrum of mental health issues. He was Chairman of the Community Organisation Grants Scheme from 1995 to 2004. Mr Panapa established a community garden and delivers vegetables grown in the garden to families in the area.

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PETAIA, Mr Teaku

For services to the Tokelauan community

Mr Teaku Petaia is a founding member of the Atafu Tokelau Community Group which was formed in the 1970s with an initial focus on supporting the resettlement of new Tokelau migrants to New Zealand.

Me Petaia has held the positions of Vice President and President of Atafu Tokelau Community Group and is an active member of the Tokelau Elders Group, which has published a Tokelau language resource called 'Hikuleo I te Papa of Tautai: Echoes from the Fishermans Rock'. He was a founding leader of the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group, which was established through the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in 2008 and 2009 as a key advisory group. The group contributed to the development of Tokelau Language Week in 2012, now an annual event in New Zealand. He has been a committee member of the Society for the Translation of the Tokelau Bible for five years, contributing to the complete translation of the New Testament in collaboration with the New Zealand Bible Society in 2009. Mr Petaia has been involved with the Pacific Islands Presbyterian Church in Porirua for more than 40 years in various roles including Chairman of the Choir since 2011 and President of the Tokelau Youth Group.

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PIRANI, Mr Ian Herbert

For services to conservation

Mr Ian Pirani has contributed to conservation and the environment.

Mr Pirani is a former goat farmer who has given voluntary service to wetland preservation and other farm environment initiatives. Early in his farming career he suggested to his employer to fence rather than drain a wetland. Later he and his wife established the largest water fowl collection in Australasia and were the first people to privately breed whio in captivity. He joined the Wellington Acclimatisation Society as a councillor in 1964, serving until 1972 and was a Councillor on the National Acclimatisation for three years. In 1974 he was a co-founder of Ducks Unlimited, through which he and his wife initiated a Pateke breeding programme and nesting boxes for Grey Teal throughout New Zealand. He strongly advocates for the profitable live harvest of feral goats from indigenous forests for environmental reasons and for use as a meat export. Mr Pirani has served on a variety of environmental and farming boards including the Meat and Wool Board as a member of the Goat Advisory Group, on the Eastern Fish and Game Board, Bay of Plenty Goat Farmers Association, the Department of Conservation East Coast Board, and the National Trust of Balance Farm Environment Board.

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PIRIKAHU, Mrs Mere Neehi

For services to Māori

Mrs Mere Pirikahu has been involved with kapa haka as a founding member of the Patea Māori Club and is currently a member of South Taranaki Taikura Roopu 50 plus kapa haka group.

She is kuia for Nga Rauru Kitahi and has been involved in promoting the revitalisation of te reo and the holding of paepae on the marae of her iwi, working with women on traditional waiata, karanga and tikanga practices. She was a secondary school teacher at Hawera High School for 40 years before becoming a teacher at Te Hunga Ririki Te Kohanga Reo from 2005 until her retirement in 2013. Mrs Pirikahu has been a member of the Māori Women's Welfare League since 1960.

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RANCE, Mr Brian David

For services to conservation

Mr Brian Rance and Mrs Chris Rance have contributed to conservation projects in the Southland area for over 20 years. They have been the de-facto managers of the Te Rere Reserve, which has a resident population of Yellow-Eyed Penguins, for many years. They have organised and led planting and maintenance days and coordinated the annual penguin counts. They both serve on the Te Rere Reserve Advisory Committee and Mr Rance was one of the lead writers of the reserve's management plan. Mrs Rance has sourced funds to keep the project running and has organised visits for people to the reserve and educated the public about conservation issues. She is also a representative of the Southland Ecological Restoration Network. They established the Southland Community Nursery and Education Centre on their property, where they grow native plants for local development and educate school groups. Mr and Mrs Rance were instrumental in establishing the Otatara Landcare Group and they won the Loder Cup in 2002; New Zealand's premier award for plant conservation.

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RANCE, Mrs Christine (Chris)

For services to conservation

Mrs Chris Rance and Mr Brian Rance have contributed to conservation projects in the Southland area for over 20 years. They have been the de-facto managers of the Te Rere Reserve, which has a resident population of Yellow-Eyed Penguins, for many years. They have organised and led planting and maintenance days and coordinated the annual penguin counts. They both serve on the Te Rere Reserve Advisory Committee and Mr Rance was one of the lead writers of the reserve's management plan. Mrs Rance has sourced funds to keep the project running and has organised visits for people to the reserve and educated the public about conservation issues. She is also a representative of the Southland Ecological Restoration Network. They established the Southland Community Nursery and Education Centre on their property, where they grow native plants for local development and educate school groups. Mr and Mrs Rance were instrumental in establishing the Otatara Landcare Group and they won the Loder Cup in 2002; New Zealand's premier award for plant conservation.

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RICHARDSON, Mrs Beth

For services as a nurse and to the community

Mrs Beth Richardson has worked for 30 years as a Nurse Practitioner at Waikeria Corrections Centre and is the 16th longest serving staff member at the prison.

Mrs Richardson has worked a rostered four days a week and has been an after-hours on-call nurse, treating prisoners any time of the day or night. In the late 1960s she was a member of Country Girls Club and was involved at the national level until amalgamation with the Young Farmers' Club. She has been an active member of the Women's Division of Federated Farmers, now Rural Women, for many years. She has served on the local school Board and has been a member of the Indoor Bowling Club and Hall Society for many years. In 2008 she joined the Te Awamutu branch of Altrusa International and is an active member. Mrs Richardson received The Queen's Girl Guide award in 1965 and the Governor-General's Young Adult Award in 1970 for services to the community.

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ROBERTS, Mr Ian Charles

For services to the community and education

Mr Ian Roberts has been a member of the Lions Club of Kairanga for 37 years and served as President in 2004 and 2005.

Mr Roberts has been the approved pyrotechnic leader for the Lions Club's fundraising fireworks displays since 1990. He has organised between ten and fifteen fireworks displays each year since, which have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for community causes. Manawatu displays have audiences in the many tens of thousands annually. His role has required in excess of 300 voluntary hours each year to safely plan and stage the various displays and to coordinate the teams who deliver them. His experience with pyrotechnics has included making recommendations for pyrotechnic displays with government agencies in the 1990s and has included recently involvements with the Environmental Protection Agency reviewing rules and regulations pertaining to both indoor and outdoor pyrotechnic displays. He has spent more than 30 years as a school principal and had more than ten years' experience as a New Zealand Educational Institute Counsellor and Industrial Advocate. After retiring as principal of Terrace End School in Palmerston North he served as Chairman of the school's 125th celebrations in 2009. Since retiring Mr Roberts has had continuous involvement as a consultant to schools over the past 15 years.

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ROBERTSON, Mr Arthur Morris (Morris)

For services to the community

Mr Morris Robertson has contributed to the Khandallah community for almost 50 years.

Mr Robertson has been President of Wellington North Rotary Club, District Governor, District Chairman of the Rotary Foundation and a Director of Rotary New Zealand World Community Service. He was Chairman of the Khandallah Kindergarten Committee, a member of the Raroa Intermediate School Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Queen Margaret College Board. He was Secretary of the Khandallah Scout Group and Chairman of the Hills District Scouts. As member of the Khandallah Presbyterian Church Property Committee he managed the project to reconfigure the church to open it up to the Village. As a member of the Khandallah Community Forum he lobbied the Council for traffic safety improvements including a new pedestrian crossing. He played a leading part in the renovation of the Khandallah Town Hall and its development as a community centre. A Life Member of Khandallah Arts Theatre, he has designed and built sets and undertakes publicity activities. He is a member of the Onslow Historical Society. As a Freemason Mr Robertson has been Master of Westminster Lodge, voluntary editor of the national magazine and provides assistance to The Freemasons Charity.

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RODDA, Mrs Christine Muriel

For services to netball

Mrs Christine Rodda has been heavily involved with netball in the Canterbury region since the late 1980s.

She was Chair of the Christchurch Netball Centre (CNC) Board from 2011 to 2014, during which time she led a restructure to form a governance board, which necessitated updating the Centre's constitution, regulations and policies. She previously served as Vice President of the CNC from 1996 to 2010. She researched and produced a comprehensive Representative Team Manager's Manual for both Canterbury Netball and the CNC, and a comprehensive health and safety manual for the latter. She launched and guided a Mentor Scheme for Coaches at CNC. She was Convenor of South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Tournament from 2002 to 2013. In 2012 she was a member of Netball New Zealand (NNZ) Zone Four Working Committee and a member of NNZ Core Consultation Group in 2011. She has been President of the Christchurch Girls High School Netball Club, a member of the Canterbury Sports Foundation, a founding member of South Island Junior Netball Development Committee, and a Selector and Manager of Canterbury and Christchurch representative netball teams. Mrs Rodda was a member of the Metro Sports Facility Project Committee from 2013 to 2014.

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SHEARING, Mr Robert Arthur (Bob)

For services to the intellectually disabled and the community

Mr Bob Shearing is Vice-Chairman of the Templeton Welfare Council, overseeing the continuation of services for the intellectually disabled community since the de-institutionalisation of Templeton Hospital.

Mr Shearing instigated the establishment, and is currently Chairman of, the Enrich Community Chaplaincy Trust which employs community chaplains who provide social and spiritual support to the intellectually disabled. The chaplains also help to run Balls and Choirs in the sector. He is also Chairman of the Chapel of the Holy Family Trust, which was established to ensure the continuation of the Chapel on the Templeton Hospital site. He was a Christchurch City Councillor for two terms until 2011 and a member of the Riccarton Wigram Community Board from 1996. He was Chair of the Zero Waste Working Party and oversaw the implementation of the Council's Waste Policy and introduced the Three Bin waste minimisation system. He is a Trustee of the Wigram Airforce Museum, Christchurch Racecourse and Riccarton House and Bush. Mr Shearing is also Chairman of the Hei Hei Broomfield Community Trust, Hornby Community Care Trust and the Rose Historic Chapel.

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SHEPHERD, Mr James Edward (Jim), JP

For services to the community

Mr Jim Shepherd has been involved with Rotary and pipe bands in the Taranaki region and was a Trustee and Board Chair of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand.

Mr Shepherd has been a member of the Rotary Club of Inglewood since 1976. He is currently Treasurer and has previously been Secretary, Assistant District Governor and served two terms as President. He has been a member of the City of New Plymouth Caledonian Pipe Band since 1964, where he is the current Pipe Major. He was the Treasurer and Pipe Band Coordinator of the Taranaki Search Light Tattoo and has been involved with six military tattoos. He was a member of the Management Board of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association. He was co-founder of the Inglewood High School Trust and was a member of the school's Board of Governors for 13 years. He has also been a member of the Boards of Governors for Waitara Central and Inglewood Primary Schools. Mr Shepherd has been Treasurer of the Taranaki Gundog Club since 2001 and is the Treasurer for the Gordon Setter Club of New Zealand, which promote responsible dog ownership within the Taranaki region and New Zealand respectively.

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SIMPSON, Mrs Yvonne Mary

For services to women

Ms Yvonne Mary Simpson has had a long association with Soroptimist International, a world-wide service organisation for professional and business women. She will take up the role of International President of Soroptimist International in July 2015.

Ms Simpson has been employed at Westland High School for 33 years in a variety of roles including the Director of International Programmes. Much of her spare time has been dedicated to voluntary work for Soroptimist International project for women and girls. She demonstrated her strong leadership and management skills when the Westland Club was hosting the South West Pacific International conference to be in Christchurch in 2012. Plans were severely disrupted by the devastating earthquakes. She responded by mobilising her team and organising a West Coast conference at short notice with the local club hosting over 300 delegates from around the world. Ms Simpson has devoted much of her life to education and the advancement of women issues through her involvement in both professional and volunteer projects.

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SNEYD, Dr Elizabeth Sarah Neal

For services to music education

Dr Elizabeth Sneyd and Mr Craig Utting are music teachers in the Wellington region and jointly run the Music Learning Centre from their home in Tawa.

Dr Sneyd and Mr Utting have provided lessons for children from families who have been unable to afford music lessons, for minimal or zero fees. In 2013 Dr Sneyd co-founded a charitable trust to provide free music tuition to students from low decile schools in Porirua. They have donated more than 100 instruments to the trust, and volunteer their time to run the free music programme with help from other volunteers. For many years Dr Sneyd and Mr Utting have also run a training orchestra for string players. Since 2014 the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra has been based in Cannons Creek in Porirua. The Orchestra has free and open access, a total membership of around 100 and performs frequently in the Porirua community and beyond.

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SPOONER, Mr Lindsay John Blair

For services to the New Zealand Fire Service and the community

Mr Lindsay Spooner joined the Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1977 and has since completed 37 years of service, becoming Deputy Chief Fire Officer and then Chief Fire Officer in 1994.

Mr Spooner has taken a keen interest in his Brigade's role in planning for civil defence emergencies. He secured funding for a generator to ensure the fire station can be self-sustaining in the event of an emergency. He has been active in the Brigade's contributions to search and rescue, particularly in the Kaimai Ranges. He has promoted and maintained his Brigade's status as a Rope Rescue Brigade, which has required additional training and commitment. In July of 2014 he demonstrated calm and professional leadership whilst overseeing 54 emergency call outs in a 12 hour period in response to a storm which uprooted trees and removed roofs from houses. He was also involved in other activities within his community such as scouting, as a member and former President of the Credit Union committee, teaching skills to youth such as welding and driving, and contributing as a rugby coach and to building projects for Te Aroha Primary School.

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SPRATT, Mr Allan Graeme Derek (Derek)

For services to agriculture

Mr Derek Spratt instigated the formation of the first Rural Support Trust in New Zealand, which has since been used as a model nationwide, and has chaired the Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust since 2008.

Mr Spratt assisted the Ministry for Primary Industries and Civil Defence in responding to floods in the Eastern Bay area in 2004 and 2005, which inspired the need for the Rural Support Trust. He has been a member of Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers for 46 years and was Provincial President from 2004 to 2008. He has been Chairman of the Bay of Plenty Agricultural Advisory since 2005. He was made a Life Member of the Bay of Plenty Farm Cadet Scheme in 2003, having served as Chairman for 12 years. He has worked with Fonterra and the Regional Council to establish a Clean Streams Accord, which has been in place for several years. He has been involved with various school committees and was elected to the Hamilton Education Board. Mr Spratt has provided assistance to schools for agricultural Fieldays, organising the event and judging livestock, and has also provided assistance to the Te Puke Agricultural and Pastoral Society Show.

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STANCLIFF, Mrs Olga Jean

For services to music

Mrs Olga Stancliff has contributed to music for more than 50 years.

Mrs Stancliff has been a full-time piano teacher in Whakatane training a large number of children and adults in performance piano and music theory. She has mentored many teachers and students who have gone on to successful musical careers, including the New Zealand National Band and the National Youth Orchestra. She has been accompanist to the Edgecumbe Choir since the 1980s and since the 1970s to the Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass Band, with whom she has performed in provincial and National Championships and an Australian Brass Band Championship. She has been a teacher and player at the Whakatane Music Society since 1973, has played a prominent part in Whakatane Little Theatre Orchestra and the Whakatane Community Orchestra and accompanied soloists and ensembles at Whakatane's Trident High School including at NCEA rehearsals and assessments, Country Women's Institute groups as well as musicians in Rotorua and Tauranga. She served as the Whakatane representative for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music for more than 30 years. Mrs Stancliff was a volunteer for the SPCA.

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SULLIVAN, Mr Mervyn Craig (Craig)

For services to rugby

Mr Craig Sullivan held the roles of Executive member, Vice President, President and Chair of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union between 1974 and 1994.

During this period Mr Sullivan was appointed to the New Zealand Rugby Union Junior Advisory Board, which organises junior representative rugby including Under 16 and Under 18 tournaments. He has been Liaison Officer for visiting teams playing the Crusaders and other Canterbury teams. He was Tour Leader of three Rugby World Cup tours and a number of other rugby tours to England, France, South Africa and Hong Kong. He is a member of the Appeals Committee of Canterbury Rugby. He was Club President of Suburbs Rugby Club from 1971 to 1974. Under the umbrella of this club he established in 2014 the Halswell/Wigram Club with two teams, chairing the organising committee and providing equipment. He is a member of the Lancaster Club of retired sports administrators and has been Chairman. He was a member of the Victory Park Board from 1988 until the 1990s, serving a period as Chair. Mr Sullivan has been a member of Christchurch West Rotary Club since 1976 and has served as President.

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SUTHERLAND, Mr John Gray (Jock)

For services to cricket

Mr Jock Sutherland has been involved with cricket in Nelson for 40 years.

Mr Sutherland has served on the Board of Nelson Cricket Association, Central Districts Cricket Association and New Zealand Cricket. He is a Life Member of the Wakatu Cricket Club, Nelson Cricket Association and Central District Cricket Association. Mr Sutherland was a key driver for the fundraising effort of the cricket and athletics codes to raise $760,000 to contribute towards the $3.8 million international Pavilion at Saxton Field Oval in Nelson. Subsequently Nelson has hosted three international games for the Cricket World Cup in 2015.

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TARAWA, Mr Herewini Selwyn

For services to Māori

Mr Herewini Tarawa has served a number of organisations in Taumarunui as Kaumatua including Te Waka Pu Whenua Māori Adult Community Education Centre since 1999, Taumarunui Kōkiri Community Health Trust and Child Youth and Family since 2000, Māori Wardens since 2004, and Tarrangower Kindergarten since 2012.

Mr Tarawa has also officiated as Kaumatua at a number of local events, such as the opening of the Ruapehu District Council Library. He has been Māori Cultural Advisor to the Taumarunui Police since 2002, introducing the practice of regular Mauri Atawhai meetings. He is kai whakamana for the Department of Corrections and is a member of the Waikato District Health Board's Kaumatua council. He is involved with the Hinengakau Development Trust. He contributed to the repatriation of Tuwharetoa Taonga from Te Papa Tongarewa. He developed the Te Tira Kahurangi programme with his wife, which deals with perspectives, practices and procedures for sudden death situations, and has delivered the programme since 1992. He has presented on the Te Tira Kahurangi programme and indigenous education at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Hawaii.

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TURNER, Mr Ronald James (Ron), JP

For services to the community

Mr Ron Turner is a former New Zealand Army officer who has volunteered in the Wellington community.

Mr Turner retired from the New Zealand Army after 22 years' service having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has volunteered in a number of organisations in the Wellington community, including as a member and Chair of the Johnsonville Free Kindergarten, a member and President of the Johnsonville Lions Club, and a member and President of the Johnsonville Licensing Trust. He was a member and President of the New Zealand Licensing Trust Association, the Wellington Justice of the Peace Association, and the Wellington Returned and Services Association. He is a member of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage First World War Centenary Committee, the Wellington City Council First World War Centenary Committee and the RNZRSA Remembrance Committee. He is a Justice of the Peace and voluntarily supervises reading at Johnsonville Main School.  Mr Turner is recognised for his leadership and selfless dedication to the community.

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UTTING, Mr Craig Michael

For services to music education

Mr Craig Utting and Dr Elizabeth Sneyd are music teachers in the Wellington region and jointly run the Music Learning Centre from their home in Tawa.

Mr Utting and Dr Sneyd have provided lessons for children from families who have been unable to afford music lessons, for minimal or zero fees. In 2013 Dr Sneyd co-founded a charitable trust to provide free music tuition to students from low decile schools in Porirua. They have donated more than 100 instruments to the trust, and volunteer their time to run the free music programme with help from other volunteers. For many years Dr Sneyd and Mr Utting have also run a training orchestra for string players. Since 2014 the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra has been based in Cannons Creek in Porirua. The Orchestra has free and open access, a total membership of around 100 and performs frequently in the Porirua community and beyond.

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WHATA, Mr Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick

For services to Māori

Mr Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata has spent more than 50 years as a Trustee of various Māori Land Trusts and Incorporations, serving as Chairman on a number of Trusts

Mr Whata was Chairman of Te Karaka Inc for more than 20 years and was Chairman of Ngati Pikiao Environmental Protection Society from 2011 to 2014. He has been Chairman of Te Takinga Marae Trust for more than 20 years. He has worked towards bridging the cultural gap between iwi and non-Māori, hosting many non-Māori groups on the Te Takinga Marae and improving bicultural relationships with councils and government agencies. He has been an iwi spokesperson on environmental issues, succeeding in engaging councils with local iwi to find solutions for pollution issues and the protection of the environment. He has been a member of the Okere Scenic Board for a number of years. He has been a Court Attendant and Kaumatua of the Rotorua Courts for 25 years, acting as a mentor for Māori staff and installing protocols for the protection of Māori taonga used in violent cases. Mr Whata has been Kaumatua for Rotorua Boys High School for 14 years.

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WILLIAMS, Mrs Yvonne Louisa Maria (Bonnie)

For services to youth

Mrs Bonnie Williams was a founding member and has been North Shore Coordinator for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren since 1999.

Mrs Williams has been the liaison officer and spokesperson since 1996 for Auckland Dyspraxia Support Trust, which she was a joint founder. She was a founding member of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She has been an advocate to Work and Income New Zealand for families with children with disabilities. She runs a group for teenagers with invisible disabilities such as Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and other conditions, which meets fortnightly, and fundraises for this group for members to attend a camp held annually. She has fostered children for Child Youth and Family Services, has provided and coordinated food parcels for families in need and mentored staff at Heart for Youth. Mrs Williams runs the youth choir for St Francis Catholic church in East Coast Bays and has been a parish counsellor.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 28 May 2015

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