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QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2017 - CITATIONS FOR OFFICERS OF THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT

To be an Officer of the said Order:

ASHTON, Mr Desmond Albert (Des)

For services to the New Zealand Defence Force and aviation

Mr Des Ashton was Deputy Secretary Acquisition with the Ministry of Defence from 2008 to 2016, during which time he had responsibility for delivering one of the largest Defence acquisition programmes in New Zealand.

This encompassed 16 projects at various stages of development with a combined final contract value of NZ $3.5 billion. Projects included the upgrade of the Air Force’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to keep them in service, the remediation of the Navy’s seven Protector Vessels, the upgrade of the Air Force’s P3K-2 Maritime Patrol fleet, and most recently the acquisition of new maritime helicopters for the Navy. Mr Ashton was involved with negotiating bilateral arrangements with the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Republic of Korea, which have facilitated recent acquisition projects and their introduction into service. He was appointed as a member and later Chair of the Defence Industry Committee of New Zealand. He was an engineer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1969 until 1993, during which time he was highly respected for his engineering skills with the Skyhawk aircraft. In the private sector he has had senior roles in companies including Safe Air Ltd, Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand’s heavy engineering divisions, and as Chief Executive of Port Marlborough Ltd.

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CAMERON, Professor Anne Victoria (Vicky)

For services to health

Professor Vicky Cameron is a scientist and academic who has been involved in the study of health and genetics for 30 years.

Since 1992 Professor Cameron has been based at the University of Otago, Christchurch and is currently Research Professor and Head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory at the school’s Christchurch Heart institute. Her research has primarily focused on cardio-vascular disease, specifically the disease’s increased likelihood in some families due to DNA variations as well as the disparity in occurrence and mortality between Māori and non-Māori and Pacific peoples. She has authored or contributed to more than 104 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, 125 conference proceedings, a book chapter and a patent for micro-RNA molecules, used as coronary diagnostic and prognostic tools. Through the Christchurch Heart Institute she has performed extensive genetic profiling of patients with heart disease, assembling a DNA bank of consented research data. She is lead investigator for a number of cohort studies and is co-leader of the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Professor Cameron has held a number of leadership roles within her field and faculty, including membership of the National Heart Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, Convenor of the Marsden Fund Council’s Biomedical Sciences Panel, and Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch Campus.

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CHAMLEY, Dr David Michael

For services to anaesthesia

Dr David Chamley is an anaesthetist at Middlemore Hospital and has contributed to anaesthesia throughout New Zealand.

Dr Chamley as the Head of Department was instrumental in developing the anaesthesia unit at Middlemore Hospital as an efficient and functional team. He provided strong clinical governance and effective medical participation as the Clinical Director of Surgical Services. He has served as the President of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists, and was granted life membership in recognition of his contributions. He was a key player in redefining the Society’s constitution and he played an active role in providing sound management and direction. As President he was responsible for strengthening the relationship with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. He is an advisor to ACC and to HDC and has used his experience and skills to resolve a wide range of issues. He has acted as Coroner’s assessor providing useful advice and counsel. Since the 1980s he has made, and continues to make a dedicated contribution to a number of international surgical charities by volunteering his skills as an anaesthetist in developing countries. Dr Chamley has participated in a large number of surgical trips to the Pacific, the Philippines, and Nepal.

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COOK, Mr Avon

For services to the manufacturing industry

Mr Avon Cook is an entrepreneur who has contributed to the successful development of several businesses in New Zealand and abroad since 1946.

Mr Cook is the current Chairman and Director of Fabricell International Ltd and the Director of Novatek International PTY Ltd. Fabricell is a leading medical, industrial and food processing protection supplier. Under Mr Cook’s guidance the company has grown significantly and is exporting its products to a wide range of countries. He has pioneered world-class products, such as the first anti-bacterial disposable glove for the food industry. He has also engaged in philanthropic activities and in 2011 Fabricell donated $250,000 worth of their product to the Christchurch Earthquake Disaster Fund. Under his guidance Fabricell has become the preferred supplier of disposable medicine gloves to the South East Asian market. Mr Cook has also been a highly active member of the Auckland Jewish Community and is a member of the Grafton United Cricket Club in Auckland.

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DUFFY, Mr Brendan Joseph

For services to local government

Mr Brendan Duffy was a Councillor from 1995 to 2004 and Mayor of the Horowhenua District Council from 2004 to 2016.

As mayor Mr Duffy oversaw the progression of a number of projects that benefitted the District, such as the Shannon drinking water and sewerage plant upgrades. He facilitated the establishment of the Lake Horowhenua Accord in 2013 to establish a programme of activities towards restoring the Lake’s environmental health. He helped drive the project to construct Te Takere Horowhenua Culture and Community Centre in 2012. He led an initiative in 2011 which led to the establishment of the Horowhenua Older Persons’ Network. He engaged with the local education sector to identify ways in which the wider community could contribute to children’s education, which resulted in Education Horowhenua, a collaborative approach between local schools and community education providers. He was Vice President of Local Government New Zealand from 2014 to 2016 and Chairperson of LGNZ Provincial Sector and LGNZ Zone Three from 2010 to 2016. He has been Chairperson of Life to the Max Horowhenua since 2006. Mr Duffy was a member of the organising committee of New Zealand Secondary Schools Mountain Biking Championships and has previously been involved with Lions Club of Levin, St Joseph’s School Board of Trustees, and Levin Waitarere Surf Lifesaving Club.

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DUNBAR, Mr William Robert (Bill)

For services to health and the community

Mr Bill Dunbar is a successful Otago businessman who has lent his skills to governing the Patients Aid Charitable Trust (PACT), an NGO which supports people with a variety of health and disability support needs.

Mr Dunbar became Chairman of the Patients and Prisoners Aid Society in 1987, after which time the work the society did with patients was split from prisoners and PACT was formed to focus on the support of people with intellectual disabilities and those recovering from mental illnesses. He played a significant role in making this an effective separation and became Chairman of PACT in 1990, and has continued in this role to present day. He has overseen PACT’s growth in turnover from $100,000 to more than $28 million for an organisation that supports more than 1,500 people and employs more than 450. Under his guidance PACT has spread from Otago to Southland, the West Coast and Wellington. PACT has also expanded its services to help people of all ages with physical disabilities and addiction and gambling issues, as well as employment and budget services to families and troubled youth. Within his local community Mr Dunbar has held offices with Dunedin and Cromwell Rotary Clubs and Cromwell Probus Club.

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EDWARDS, Mrs Susanne Patricia (Sue)

For services to synchronised swimming

Mrs Sue Edwards has contributed to synchronised swimming in New Zealand and abroad for more than 56 years.

Mrs Edwards has held many different administrative positions within synchronised swimming in New Zealand. These positions include serving as the Chairperson of Synchronised Swimming New Zealand (SSNZ) since 1988, as a member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation Board from 1983 to 2003, and as a Member of the Aquatics New Zealand Board since 2004. In 2011 her contributions to SSNZ were recognised with a Life Membership. She has also had an active career as a judge and referee for national and international competitions, officiating at Olympic Games, Commonwealth games, World Championships and numerous New Zealand domestic competitions. She is one of only five International Swimming Federation (FINA) Judge Educators in the world and her contributions to FINA’s Technical Committee were recognised with a FINA Gold Pin in 2009. Mrs Edwards’ commitment has been a key driver of the growth of synchronised swimming in New Zealand and she continues to work hard both nationally and internationally for the development of the sport.

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EMENY, Mr Craig Clifford

For services to aviation and the community

Mr Craig Emeny has contributed to the Chatham Islands community since 1985 through his business Air Chathams, which meets the Islands’ needs with a limited runway.

Air Chathams is the main transport service to and from the Islands and Mr Emeny has continued this service where others have withdrawn. Air Chathams went from being a small commuter/charter and freight service to connecting the Chathams to mainland New Zealand on a daily basis. The Air Chathams service now extends to Whakatane and Whanganui and has previously provided an air service for the outlying islands of the Tongan group. He has also invested in emergency aircraft and capability for life flight and serious injury transfers to service the island community. He is a past Chairman of Te One School Board of Trustees. Mr Emeny and his wife have supported community fundraisers, often providing free transport for people and freight, and provided sponsorship and supported local families.

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FENWICK, Mr Allan Raymond

For services to the thoroughbred racing industry

Mr Allan Fenwick has contributed to thoroughbred racing nationally and internationally and for more than 30 years has held honorary and senior positions in racing administration.

Mr Fenwick was Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing from 1993 to 2005, during which time he oversaw a number of reforms. This included the introduction of the Judicial Control Authority and the establishment of a national racing bureau to manage all race day entries, payment of stakes and fees to owners, trainers and jockeys, as well as overhauls of handicapping, training of apprentice jockeys, stud book registrations and websites. He has also been a Board member of the TAB and New Zealand Racing Authority. He was a member of the International Cataloguing Standards Committee representing the Asian Racing Federation and has delivered papers to forums overseas. He has supported the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame since its inception and continues today as a Board member. He has been involved with the New Zealand Racehorse Owners Federation for more than 40 years and was Secretary and Trials Organiser for the Manawatu Association between 1974 and 1986. In 2009 he again became Secretary. Mr Fenwick has also been a Board member of the New Zealand Equine Research Foundation since 1993 and Secretary since 2009.

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GANDER, Professor Philippa Helen

For services to the study of sleep and fatigue

Professor Philippa Gander has been involved in the study of sleep, the circadian body clock, and their implications for health and safety for more than 30 years.

Professor Gander is the Director of the Sleep/Wake Research Centre, which she established in 1998 on her return to New Zealand, having been a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Medical School and working in NASA’s Fatigue Countermeasures Program. She is recognised for advancing and applying scientific knowledge to develop new solutions to the health and safety challenges created by shift work, jet lag, and societal trends to restrict sleep. She has won multiple national and international awards for her work, particularly in the aviation industry, and has served as a scientific advisor to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, government agencies, industries, unions, and as an expert witness in accident investigation for the Courts. She is also active in research and advocacy to improve the sleep health of people of all ages in New Zealand and to reduce disparities in sleep health. Professor Gander has been an advocate for creativity and innovation to find new, practical strategies to improve health and safety, and in cross discipline arts/science collaboration.

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GRAY, Mr Wahiao Raymond James (Jim), JP

For services to Māori and governance

Mr Jim Gray has contributed significantly in the area of Māori governance and trusteeship, holding a range of chairmanships and directorships across various organisations.

Mr Gray has worked closely with the Māori Land Courts where he has been appointed a Professional Trustee on close to 40 Māori Authorities. He is recognised as one of the foremost authorities on the workings of Māori Trusts in New Zealand. Amongst other projects he has contributed to, he spent 20 years working on the Tikitere Geothermal Development project for the construction of a geothermal power station which would eventually become the first and only 100 percent Māori-owned power project in New Zealand. He developed and published ‘Introduction to Governance of Māori Authorities’ in 1996, the only NZQA local approved book on the subject. He was Vice President from 2007 to 2010 and then President from 2010 to 2013 of the New Zealand Trustees Association (NZTA). He is currently a Trustee for the NZTA Charitable Trust, the overseeing body for the Trustees Association. Mr Gray was the recipient of the Trustee of the Year Award in 1996 and the Trust of the Year Award in 1996 and 1997.

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HACKETT, Mr Alan John (A.J.)

For services to adventure tourism

Mr A.J. Hackett developed the modernised elastic bungy cord, founded commercial bungy jumping and, over 30 years, turned the adventure tourism activity into a global phenomenon.

Mr Hackett introduced bungy to the world when he jumped from the Eiffel Tower in 1987, sparking international media attention and widespread interest. Eighteen months later he opened the world’s first full-time commercial bungy site at the Kawarau Bridge, near Queenstown, with Mr Henry van Asch. This operation created a new visitor demographic and launched huge growth in New Zealand adventure tourism. He pioneered stringent national safety standards for the activity, which have been used as a base for regulating the industry across the world. Over the past 20 years, he has been dedicated to growing the AJ Hackett brand overseas and exporting bungy to Australia, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, China, France, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Russia and Singapore. He is widely known for his bungy stunts that earned him Guinness World Records, including jumping from the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado and the Macau Tower in China. He has made extensive donations to various groups and individuals. Internationally his sites support not-for-profit and charitable organisations through complimentary product and media exposure opportunities. Mr Hackett has also personally supported snow sport athletes and young entrepreneurs in New Zealand. 

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HADLOW, Mr Mark Selwyn

For services to the arts

Mr Mark Hadlow is an actor who over 35 years has performed in more than 130 theatre productions across a range of genres and roles.

Mr Hadlow performed his critically acclaimed one man show S.N.A.G. throughout New Zealand and internationally in Australia, London, Fiji and the Edinburgh Festival, for which he was also recognised with Best Theatrical Performance and Entertainer of the Year awards in 1993 and 1994 respectively. He has recently toured another successful one man show ‘MAMIL’ around New Zealand, profits from which have gone to assisting the renovation of the Martinborough Town Hall and constructing the Pauanui to Tairua Trail. He has supported other charitable causes such as the Christchurch City Mission, Multiple Sclerosis and prostate cancer. His television credits include the ‘Billy T. James Show’ and’ Willy Nilly’. He has acted in films such as ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy and ‘King Kong’ (2005), as well as working with independent new Zealand filmmakers on feature length and short films since the 1980s. He is a voice-over artist for radio and won the Best Character Voice Artist in the Radio New Zealand Awards in 2010. Mr Hadlow is a Reservist officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy and led the creative programming component of the 75th Anniversary of the RNZN in 2016.

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HAUMAHA, Assistant Commissioner Wallace Patrick, QSM

For services to the New Zealand Police and Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities

Assistant Commissioner Wallace Haumaha has been at the forefront of leading and building the cross-cultural capacity of the New Zealand Police to facilitate operations in culturally complex situations since 1996.

Assistant Commissioner Haumaha’s work in facilitating partnerships within New Zealand’s ethnically diverse communities has been recognised both locally and internationally. His understanding of the social, cultural and economic context of Māori saw him make a key contribution to the partnership launch of ‘Turning of the Tide’, a ground-breaking Whanau Ora Crime and Crash Prevention Strategy endeavouring to reduce the incarceration rates of Māori. He established the first Memorandum of Understanding between Police and 14 major Iwi groups in the Bay of Plenty District, marking the beginning of a long-standing partnership model to work with Police. He was instrumental in establishing the first MOU with Te Wananga o Aotearoa to launch a Police Career Preparation Programme for Māori, Pacific and ethnic people. Assistant Commissioner Haumaha was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Māori in 2014 and has supported the Commissioner of Police on the development of crime prevention advice to reduce the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system.

HONOURS

Queen’s Service Medal for Public Services, New Year 1997

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HIGGINS, Mr David Thomas

For services to Māori

Mr David Higgins has been Upoko Runanga for Moeraki since 1980 and recently retired as the Moeraki representative on Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu after two terms.

Mr Higgins was appointed as the Arowhenua Board member of the Ngai Tahu Māori Trust Board that lodged the Ngai Tahu claim before the Waitangi Tribunal in 1986. He was largely responsible for gathering and presenting much of the fisheries evidence that was presented to the Tribunal. His efforts in leading the Ngai Tahu Fishing Company resulted in Ngai Tahu having a substantial financial base prior to the eventual settlement of the Ngai Tahu claims with the Crown. In 2000 he was appointed as Pou Kura Taiao for the Canterbury Conservancy of the Department of Conservation. He played a key role in the establishment of the Ngai Tahu Cultural Mapping project in the 2000s, which is responsible for recording Ngai Tahu cultural knowledge on the Tribal Geographical Information System. He is a Committee member of the Ngai Tahu Fund Komiti, is a past member of the Ngai Tahu Contracts Review Komiti, and until recently was a Trustee and Chair of the historic Kaiapoi Pa Trust in North Canterbury. Mr Higgins is involved with his local community as a member of the Runanga Education Komiti and an education advisor to North Otago schools.

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HIHA, Mr Ruruarau Heitia (Heitia), JP

For services to Māori

Mr Heitia Hiha is a kaumātua of Ahuriri Hapū and a key driver of progress on the Ahuriri Hapū Treaty claims, having made clear submissions to the Waitangi Tribunal on seven different claims and been committed to attending negotiations.

Mr Hiha was a Māori All Black in the 1950s and has been a teacher and respected representative on a wide range of committees representing the interests of Māori within local and central government. He has been iwi liaison officer for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and kaumatua for Napier City Council, and chaired the Napier City Council's Māori Consultative Committee from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed to the Hawke’s Bay Conservation Board in 1993. He has been a Trustee for Mana Ahuriri Inc since 2009 and a Trustee of Te Awahohonu Trust and Tataraakina C Block Trust. Mr Hiha has been a Justice of the Peace since 1982 and was a Trustee of the Waiapu Diocese Board from 1987 to 2006.

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HOUSE, Ms Rachel Jessica Te Ao Maarama

For services to the performing arts

Ms Rachel House is an actor and director who has contributed to the performing arts sector for more than 25 years.

Ms House earned early acclaim in her career with her performance in Briar Grace-Smith’s one-woman play ‘Nga Pou Wahine’. Between 1994 and 2003 she performed in more than 25 theatre productions, including the lead role in Witi Ihamaera’s play ‘Woman Far Walking’. She has featured in a number of television programmes including 'Maddigan's Quest', ‘Hope & Wire’ and ‘Monkey’. She has played roles in major feature films including a lead role in ‘White Lies’ and supporting roles in 'Whale Rider', ‘Eagle Vs Shark’, ‘Boy’ and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’. She is an award-winning director who over the past 15 years has staged theatrical productions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and toured productions to Canada and Australia. After studying at the Prague Film School, she directed the New Zealand short film ‘The Winter Boy’ (2010). She has been instrumental in bringing Māori and Pacific culture to a wide international audience. In 2012 she directed the Te Reo Māori production of ‘Troilus and Cressida’ at the Globe Theatre in London. Ms House has several years of experience in radio production and as a voice artist, most recently voicing Gramma Tala in the Disney animated film ‘Moana’. 

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HUGHES, Mr Peter Guy

For services to mathematics education

Mr Peter Hughes has had a long career in mathematics education, having taught at secondary school level and been Head of Department, followed by more than 30 years lecturing at the Auckland College of Education, Palmerston North Teachers’ College and the University of Auckland.

In addition to teaching mathematics education at all levels from junior primary school to tertiary Mr Hughes has played a key role in Numeracy Development Projects (NDP) as a national Coordinator between 1999 and 2011. He has led research into the effective teaching and learning of mathematics. He was a co-writer for the professional development resources that were developed, including making a significant contribution to the creation of the number framework and diagnostic assessment tool. The NDP provided professional development to more than 20,000 teachers at both primary and secondary school levels and his resources continue to be widely used. He has advised the Ministry of Education during the redevelopment of the New Zealand Curriculum between 2002 and 2006 and advised the writers of the national Standards in Mathematics and Statistics in 2009. Mr Hughes’ ability to communicate high thinking concepts and complicated mathematical understandings in meaningful and realistic ways to teachers has played a significant role in mathematics education in New Zealand.

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HURIA, Ms Susan Mary

For services to governance

Ms Susan Huria is a specialist in Māori governance and has worked with a wide number of iwi and Māori organisations on constitutional reviews and strategy development, board appointments and evaluation, and as a board advisor.

Ms Huria was a director of the Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation, Chair of its audit committee, and was appointed a director of Ngāi Tahu Property in 2013 where she chairs the remuneration committee. She was a member of the Māori Governance Centre Advisory Board for the University of Waikato and a Trustee of First Foundation and Workbase, the national centre for workplace literacy. She served terms as a director of Radio New Zealand, Housing New Zealand, Watercare Services, Airways, and as Deputy Chair of AgResearch. She has held advisory board and review panel roles for the Advertising Standards Authority and Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. She is currently Chair of Veterinary Enterprises Group and a director of Marsden Maritime Holdings and Connexis. She is the independent Chair of the Māori Television Service remuneration committee and a Chartered Fellow and Auckland Branch Committee member of the Institute of Directors. Ms Huria co-founded her company Huria Anders in 2000.

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IKRAM, Professor Hamid

For services to cardiology and education

Professor Hamid Ikram has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine in New Zealand.

Professor Ikram has developed many new services in the field of cardiology that have improved the quality of care for patients. Since 1974 he has introduced several crucial services to cardiology in Christchurch and at the national level, including ultrasound heart assessment and the first heart rhythm testing method. He has actively engaged with Māori groups by learning Te Reo and establishing marae-based Māori-education and clinics with colleagues and Māori health workers. His most significant clinical achievement was the establishment of cardiac surgery in Christchurch in 1998. He has been extensively involved in undergraduate teaching and has trained numerous postgraduate doctors specialising in cardiology. His cardiac research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Since retiring in 2002 he has continued his research, lecturing and public speaking. Professor Ikram has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to Medicine and Cardiology, including Fellowships of the Cardiac Society of New Zealand and Australasia, and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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KHOURI, Dr Zafer (Zaf)

For services to odontology

Dr Zaf Khouri is a forensic odontologist and a dental surgeon and he has contributed to the field of forensic odontology for more than 35 years.

Dr Khouri has established a reputation both in New Zealand and overseas as an expert in several areas, including the dental identification of deceased individuals and the analysis of human and non-human bite marks. He is a founding member and past President of the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology (NZSFO). He has been Regional Coordinator for the NZSFO for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty-Coromandel region for more than 20 years. He was the Secretary of the New Zealand Dental Association Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch in 1993. He played a key role in the response to the Christchurch earthquake, providing his services as an assurance odontologist in the mortuary. He travelled to Australia to assist the Australian disaster victim identification team after the Victorian bushfires of 2009, and was a member of the first deployment of personnel to Phuket, Thailand following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. He has been instrumental in the training of forensic odontologists and is a regular contributor to education sessions and conferences both in New Zealand and overseas. Dr Khouri is one of only 21 individuals worldwide to have been awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in forensic odontology by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

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MCGOWAN, Mrs Wendy Elizabeth

For services to rural women

Mrs Wendy McGowan has been a member of Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) since 1975 and has held offices with the Kaharoa Branch, Provincial and Inter-Provincial Committees.

In 2005 Mrs McGowan became National Councillor for the Region Five area covering Coromandel to Gisborne. She was Vice President for two years, convened the Social Issues Committee and the Land Use Committee. She represented RWNZ on the New Zealand Food Safety Consumer Forum for four years. She was appointed National President of RWNZ from 2013 to 2016, during which time she led the delegation to the 2014 South Pacific Area Conference and the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) Triennial World Conference. She oversaw the implementation of changes to the structure of the governing body and rules of RWNZ and negotiated the sale of Access Homehealth Ltd during her term as President. She has been an individual member of the ACWW and was part of the RWNZ delegation to the South Pacific Area Conference in Tonga in 2011. She has served on the Rural Community Trust as the RWNZ representative. Mrs McGowan is a member of the Kaimai-Mamaku Catchment Forum and Federated Farmers Rotorua/Taupo Province, and has been President and Chairperson of Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre section for the province.

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MILNE, Mrs Caroline Harriette Eliza (Moe)

For services to Māori and health

Mrs Moe Milne has been directly involved in addressing mental health issues in the Māori community in her roles as a psychopaedic nurse and as a general and psychiatric nurse.

Mrs Milne has contributed to Te Hau Marire, the national Māori addiction strategy, and developed several education programmes that address Māori health. She has made significant contributions to Māori research at both policy and practice levels. She was a member of the Health Research Council and she chaired the Māori health research group that developed Te Ara Tika to improve research ethics with Māori. Her involvement has resulted in several important services for Māori, including an assessment tool for Māori with Alzheimer’s and support for Māori children with traumatic brain injuries. For the last decade she has been an active participant in the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, promoting awareness of health issues in Māori communities. She has spoken at a wide range of conferences within New Zealand and overseas to share her experiences and knowledge of health issues facing indigenous communities. For the past five years she has developed and delivered training in cultural competency within health services. Mrs Milne has been a member of the Māori committee of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for almost 20 years.

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O'NEILL, Mr Simon John

For services to opera

Mr Simon O’Neill has established himself as one of the world’s finest “heldentenors” (heroic tenors) with a powerful and dramatic voice suited to demanding operatic roles.

Mr O’Neill is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin, Vienna and Bayerische State Operas, and both the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals. He has performed at distinguished opera houses and concert-halls worldwide including Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has performed with top international orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has been included in the EMI release ‘Voices of German Opera’. He has demonstrated a commitment to the development of young New Zealand singers and was appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music in 2012, where he provides masterclasses and coaching sessions to advanced singing students. He has also been a guest tutor and artist-in-residence at the New Zealand Opera School. He is patron of the New Zealand Singing School Trust and the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing. Mr O’Neill regularly returns to New Zealand to perform at home with the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Opera.

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REID, Mrs Lynda Jean

For services to education

Mrs Lynda Reid was Principal of St Cuthbert's College in Auckland from 1996 to 2016, during which time she led the school to the highest levels of academic success, as demonstrated in 2014 when 45 percent of Year 13 students gained university scholarships.

To support the wider development of her students, Mrs Reid introduced a range of innovative programmes, championed personalised learning, introduced a second qualification with the International Baccalaureate diploma and established a residential, experiential education programme at Kahunui to build girls' resilience and critical life skills. She established strong professional learning programmes for her teachers, based on critical enquiry and autonomy in their areas of practice. She encouraged significant partnerships based on sharing of best practice, with colleagues both in New Zealand and overseas, and in particular with low decile schools in Auckland. She gave her time to leadership roles on a number of professional and advisory bodies, serving as the Vice President of Independent Schools of New Zealand and as a member of the Ministerial Group on the Reform of the Teachers' Council. Mrs Reid was a foundation executive board member of the New Zealand Initiative think tank.

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ROBINSON, Dr Geoffrey Maxwell

For services to medicine

Dr Geoffrey Robinson was the Chief Medical officer for the Capital and Coast District Health Board from 2005 until 2016.

From 1981 Dr Robinson was Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine at Kenepuru Hospital Porirua, and also for the alcohol and Drug Services of Capital and Coast DHB. He has contributed to textbooks and numerous research publications, particularly in the area of alcohol and drug dependence. He has been a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago, and an Adjunct Professor in the Bioscience Department at Victoria University. He is a Medical Spokesperson for Alcohol Action New Zealand. He was a member of the Ministerial Medical and Therapeutic Committee on AIDS, and also the Expect Advisory Committee on Drugs. He was Chair of the Board of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand from its establishment. Dr Robinson is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, where he was Chair of the Training Committee, member of the Examination Committee, member of the Foundation Committee of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and President of the New Zealand branch from 2008 to 2010.

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STEEL, Mr Graeme James

For services to sport

Mr Graeme Steel is Chief Executive of Drug Free Sport New Zealand and is a world-renowned expert on anti-doping.

Mr Steel was integral in forming the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency, which took over the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s anti-doping programme as an independent body in 1994, and was appointed Executive Director. The organisation became Drug Free Sport New Zealand with specific responsibilities to implement the World Anti-Doping Code in 2006 and he has continued as Chief Executive since that time. He has been involved in all areas of anti-doping, including developing and administering testing and education programmes. In the mid-1990s he was part of the team which developed the International Standard for Doping Control, from which the current International Standard for Testing was drawn. He was seconded to the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to assist in the oversight of the Doping Control Programme. He has served on World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observer Panels at a range of large international sporting events, including chairing the panel for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mr Steel was President of the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations and has been New Zealand’s representative for Oceania on the WADA Executive Committee.

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WHITCHER, Mr Geoffrey Alan

For services to business and education

Mr Geoffrey Whitcher has been instrumental in driving a number of successful business initiatives and as New Zealand’s first Equity Management Director pioneered capital market approaches that have advantaged a number of New Zealand enterprises.

In the early 2000s Mr Whitcher was a key organiser of the Knowledge Wave Conferences, which was pivotal to the establishment of KEA, a global network of expatriate New Zealanders with more than one million members. As the Commercial Director of the University of Auckland Developments he argued for the addition of a business incubator to the new International Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICEHOUSE). He served on the Board of ICEHOUSE for nearly a decade and was heavily involved in its expansion. He established and chaired the steering programme for Spark, now Velocity, the University of Auckland’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Since 2003 Velocity Alumni have launched 107 ventures, attracted more than $212 million in investment, created more than 535 jobs, and have sold products and services into 37 countries. As a founding director of the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Mr Whitcher was closely involved with the design and operation of the Master of Bioscience Enterprise and the Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.

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To be an Officer of the said Order:

WHITE, Ms Deborah Mary

For services to art

Ms Deborah White established the Kitchener Gallery in the early 1980s and has been involved in arts consultancy since 1987.

In 1996 Ms White was the founding Trustee and Secretary of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. She developed relationships internationally for Pacific artists and personally toured exhibitions to New York, London, Sydney and Melbourne. She established Pacific Artspace in Melbourne to assist contemporary Pacific artists to exhibit and was responsible for the highly acclaimed “Pacific Notion’ exhibit, which toured internationally. She established Whitespace Gallery in Ponsonby in 2003, which continues to exhibit New Zealand contemporary artists and through which she has encouraged and supported young emerging artists as its founding Director. She was the founding Trustee and Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary Art Trust formed in 2005 to present the Auckland Art Fair. For many years she presented a public programme for the Auckland Art Fair and in 2010 she developed Artweek Auckland, an annual art festival with more than 100 exhibits and events across the city all freely accessible to the public. In 2006 Ms White was a founding Trustee of the Newmarket Arts Trust and was involved in the sourcing of several public artworks for Newmarket.

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WILSON-FITZGERALD, Mrs Frances

For services to opera

Mrs Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald has had an international career as a voice coach for more than 40 years, playing for, coaching and studying under many of opera’s greats from New Zealand and abroad.

Mrs Wilson-Fitzgerald is currently Director of the Auckland Opera Studio and has worked tirelessly to develop the experiences and skills of young New Zealand singers. Her students have had success internationally and include Marlena Devoe, the Sol3 MIO brothers, and operatic tenor Simon O’Neill, as well as many others who have achieved nationally. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, worked as an accompanist and coach for Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University, and as a Lecturer in Vocal Performance at the University of Otago. With the New Zealand Opera Company she has served as Repetituer, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart and Chief Repetiteur, coach and chorus master. In the 1990s she founded the New Zealand Summer Opera School in Whanganui (now the New Zealand Opera School). She formed the Auckland Opera Studio in 2001 as a charitable trust to serve New Zealand’s musical talent. She does not charge for her lessons and teaches on a voluntary basis. Mrs Wilson-Fitzgerald previously formed Opera Corp. for young singers in Auckland in the late 1980s.

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Honorary ONZM

To be an Honorary Officer of the said Order:

BRUNING, Ms Jane Marina

For services to people with HIV

Ms Jane Bruning has contributed significantly to the support and care of women living with HIV in New Zealand.

Ms Bruning was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 and has been directly involved with raising awareness and providing support to other women that have been diagnosed with the virus. Since 2004 she has been the National Coordinator for Positive Women Inc., a support network for women and families living with HIV or AIDS in New Zealand. In that capacity she initiated a Positive Speakers programme in 2005 for women living with HIV to provide them with training and the confidence to speak publicly about HIV for the purposes of preventing and destigmatising the virus. In 2006 she created the first bi-annual HIV Family Retreat and led the first National HIV Destigmatising Campaign for Women. In 2011 she introduced the Global Female Condom Campaign in New Zealand and established the Rose House, a drop-in centre that provides a safe and confidential space for women and families living with HIV, as well as offering access to a social worker, health promoter and peer support. In 2013 she initiated the first HIV Women’s Seminar. Ms Bruning has been directly involved in providing training to health professionals on how to work with expectant mothers living with HIV.

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Last updated: 
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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