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New Year Honours 2016 - Citations for Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

ALLAN, Dr Simon Gardiner

For services to palliative care

Dr Simon Allan has been Director of Palliative Care at Arohanui Hospice since 2005, having started as Acting Medical Director in 1995.

Dr Allan was instrumental in setting up the Education and Research Unit and has been the champion for implementation of EQulP4 accreditation audit at Arohanui Hospice. He was a key player in the development of the Palliative Care Partnership, a collaborative model for integrated palliative care between Arohanui Hospice and General Practice Teams, which has been implemented in other regions around New Zealand. He was integral to the establishment of the Hospital Palliative Care Team at MidCentral Health in 2002. He has been Chair of the Palliative Care District Group of the MidCentral District Health Board since 2013. He has been a key player in an ongoing research partnership with Massey University. He has been Clinical Advisor to Hospice New Zealand and a member of the Palliative Care Research Group. He has been Senior Clinical Advisor on Palliative Care to the Ministry of Health and co-clinical director of the Central Cancer Network. He has been involved with the international collaborative OPCARE9 performing research into end of life care. In 2015 Dr Allan was appointed President Elect of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine.

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ANDERTON, Mr Brian John

For services to the racing industry

Mr Brian Anderton has contributed to the thoroughbred racing industry as a jockey, trainer, breeder and administrator for more than 60 years.

Mr Anderton won 398 races as a jockey, and has trained over 1,300 winners, including the race horses ‘Random Chance’ and ‘Lord Venture’. He is a member of a number of racing organisations including Racing Otago, the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders and the Otago Owners & Trainers Association. He has also been a member of the Otago Racing Club for over 25 years, serving as President and is currently a Life Member and committee member. He has held many offices in these organisations and served on numerous national racing subcommittees. He has been a member of the New Zealand Racing Conference Executive Committee and numerous racing national sub-committees. He has sponsored the White Robe Handicap at the Otago Racing Club for more than 30 years as well as races in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. He was the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Racing Award in 1993 and the Dewar Stallion Award for top Australian Sire. Mr Anderton was inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.

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ARMSTRONG, Mr John Brodie

For services to journalism

Mr John Armstrong is a journalist who has covered politics at a national level for nearly 30 years.

Mr Armstrong retired as the chief political correspondent for the New Zealand Herald in 2015. Based in the Press Gallery at Parliament in Wellington, of which he is a Life Member, he worked for the New Zealand Herald from 1987. Over the course of his career he has covered 10 general elections and 28 Budgets. He was named Best Columnist at the 2013 Canon Media Awards and was a previous winner of Qantas media awards as best political columnist. Prior to joining the Herald, he worked at Parliament for the New Zealand Press Association. A graduate of Canterbury University's journalism school, Mr Armstrong began his career in journalism in 1981 with the Christchurch Star.

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AWAN, Mrs Bice

For services to mental health and rehabilitation

Mrs Bice Awan is a specialist in the field of rehabilitation and in 1998 established the Skylight Trust, an organisation providing support to children experiencing grief, trauma and change.

Mrs Awan remained in the role of Chief Executive until December 2014 and under her leadership the Skylight Trust grew to a successful organisation annually supporting more than 16,000 young New Zealanders and their families. The organisation assisted in the aftermath of such disasters as the 2009 Victoria bushfires, the Pike River Mine explosion, the Queensland floods of 2010 and 2011 and the Canterbury earthquakes. During her tenure the Trust developed a publishing arm which produces resources sold around New Zealand and internationally. She is a former Mental Health Commissioner. She is a Board member of the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust, the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Diseases and Deputy Chair of Wellington SPCA Board. She was a New Zealand Commissioner for Rehabilitation International, Chair of the Scientific Programme at the 18th World Congress of Rehabilitation International, and the New Zealand coordinator of an international study with Rutgers University into employing people with disabilities. Mrs Awan has been involved with the Resettlement of Refugees Committee for Refugee and Migrant Services and is a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

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BARKER, Mr James (Jim)

For services to the transport industry and philanthropy

Mr Jim Barker established Otorohanga Transport Ltd in 1963 and has since expanded this business to become one of the biggest locally owned and operated freight transport company in New Zealand, and holds the position of Chairman of the Barker Group.

Mr Barker, together with three initial partners, introduced Strait Shipping Ltd as a new Cook Strait freight ferry service in 1992. In 2002 the Blue Bridge passenger ferry service was established by Strait Shipping and is now responsible for a third of all transportations across the Strait. He introduced a driver training scheme to address a shortage of truck drivers, and supported the introduction of the iShift transmission in trucks imported into New Zealand, contributing to safer and more fuel efficient truck transport. He oversees a community support programme which contributes more than $120,000 per annum to a number of Otorohanga charities and groups. He has provided significant support to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, the Child Cancer Foundation, CCS Disability Action and the Kaipupu Sanctuary. Mr Barker has led his company in providing support to those in need, such as through transporting supplementary feed for farming communities in times of drought, mining equipment following the Pike River mining disaster, and emergency supplies in response to the Christchurch earthquakes.

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BERRYMAN, Professor Mere Anne

For services to Māori and education

Professor Mere Berryman has worked for more than 35 years to support students as a teacher, teaching mentor and academic.

Professor Berryman has focused her career on addressing disparities in education achievement of Māori students. She was instrumental in establishing and leading Te Kotahitanga research and professional development programme, which aims to raise the achievement of Māori students in secondary schools. She became the Director of the programme in 2012, after serving as the Professional Development Director since 2001. She served both as a researcher and the Director of the Poutama Pounamu Education Research and Development Centre for more than 14 years, and has worked with the Ministry of Education as the Director of the Building on Success Project in 2014. She has been an active member of many voluntary national advisory groups, including on a number of Ministry of Education forums, has presented at national and international conferences on special education, and has published ten books, including those on culturally responsive teaching methodologies. In 2013 Professor Berryman accepted the award for Te Kotahitanga at the World Innovation Summit for Excellent in Qatar.

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BISHOP, Emeritus Professor Alan Russell (Russell)

For services to Māori and education

Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop is renowned nationally and internationally for his educational expertise and his contribution to improving education outcomes for Māori and other indigenous populations.

Emeritus Professor Bishop has been working for more than 30 years as an educator specialising in culturally responsive pedagogies, most recently as foundation Professor for Māori Education at the University of Waikato. He was the architect and lead designer for the Te Kotahitanga research and professional development project, and served as Project Director for 11 years. His research into this and other similar projects, both in New Zealand and overseas, has seen him authoring or co-authoring seven books and 90 other publications, and present more than 100 keynote addresses to national and international audiences. When awarded the title of Emeritus Professor from Waikato University in 2014, the supporting statement asserted that ‘his work is viewed as one of the most significant contributions to educational research and practice in New Zealand in the last 50 years’.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

BOOCK, Mr Stephen Lewis

For services to sport and the community

Mr Stephen Boock has made significant contributions to a range of areas in New Zealand, particularly cricket and Special Olympics.

Mr Boock had a 17 year first class cricket career as a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and is one of only six New Zealanders to have taken more than 600 first-class wickets. He made his Test debut at Wellington in 1978 in New Zealand’s maiden victory over England and his career has included 74 Test wickets from 30 matches and 14 one-day internationals for New Zealand. Having concluded his playing career he served on the Board of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) from 2002 to 2011. He was appointed NZC President in 2012 and was heavily involved in the hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He has been heavily involved in Special Olympics having formerly held leadership roles at New Zealand and Otago levels. He has served as Chairman of the Otago Special Olympics Trust and as Patron of Otago Special Olympics. He has been Chairman of the New Zealand Foundation for the Blind ‘Life without Sight’ Appeal and Chairman of Otago Life Education Trust. Mr Boock is a former Dunedin City Councillor and is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Community Trust’s Southern Regional Advisory Committee.

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CARTER, Mr Daniel William (Dan)

For services to rugby

Mr Dan Carter made his All Blacks debut in 2003 and has played as first five-eighth since 2004, becoming the most capped All Blacks first five-eighth in 2012.

Mr Carter was a member of the victorious All Blacks Rugby World Cup squads in 2011 and 2015 and was also a member of the World Cup squads in 2003 and 2007. He became the fifth All Black to achieve 100 caps in 2013 and is the highest point scorer in test rugby history having ended the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 1,598 points. He ended 2010 as the leading point scorer in test rugby and later reclaimed the record from Jonny Wilkinson in 2011. He has been named the International Rugby Board’s International Player of the Year three times in 2005, 2012 and 2015. He made his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002 and was signed to the Crusaders in 2003. Mr Carter has won three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and six Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.

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CARTER, Mrs Victoria Mary

For services to the arts, business and the community

Mrs Victoria Carter has been Chair of the Auckland Arts Festival since 1999, previously a bi-annual and now a permanent annual event, helping the Festival to attract international artists and provide a platform for local artists.

Mrs Carter is Deputy Chair of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and was Director of the Auckland Racing Club from 2006 until 2014. She holds position of Director for Tax Management New Zealand and co-founded Cityhop, New Zealand’s only eco-friendly car share company, offering cars by the hour. She served for nearly ten years with the Auckland Kindergarten Association as President, Vice President and a board member and was Director for KidiCorp Childcare from 2005 until 2012. She is patron of the Christie Marceau Charitable Trust, a Foundation that funds teenagers to attend the Outward Bound Course. From 1998 until 2004 she was a Councillor at Auckland City Council. Mrs Carter has in the past mentored Auckland University of Technology students and been a guest lecturer and is currently a motivational speaker.

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CIVIL, Mr David Alexander

For services to the dairy industry

Mr David Civil pioneered the innovative solution for utilising dairy by-products as a fertiliser replacement to tackle the environmental issues surrounding the disposal of whey waste.

Mr Civil was approached in 1961 by the Waikato Dairy Group to assist with the removal of whey waste in accordance with new legislation. He formed DA Civil Ltd to begin spreading whey as a form of fertilizer onto locally owned farmland. In 1984 Civil Whey Distributors Ltd was formed as a joint venture with Fonterra. Civil Whey Distributors is now the largest disposal company of dairy by-products in New Zealand. Mr Civil developed the idea of maize silage production to utilise nutrients from whey applications to land, and his operations evolved to become the largest maize silage producer in the Waikato region. Prior to a full takeover by Fonterra in 2005 there were two divisions of the company – Hautapu Whey Transport 2002 Ltd and Dairy Grow 2002 Ltd, whose combined service for land-spreading of dairy factory effluent stretched from Maungataroto in Northland to south of the Taupo district. Mr Civil managed the Civil Whey Distributors from its inception until his semi-retirement in 2013 in a hands-on capacity, involving himself in the day-to-day organisation of truck movements, disposal arrangements, livestock management, and harvest operations.

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CRAIG, Mr Neil John

For services to business and philanthropy

Mr Neil Craig founded Craig’s Investment Partners in 1983 and has contributed to a range of organisations as a director or in a philanthropic capacity.

Mr Craig served on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange at a time of significant restructuring. His contribution to the development of a successful stock exchange and the wider New Zealand capital markets is well acknowledged within the investment industry. He helped establish and grow the local economic development agency Priority One and championed the establishment and development in Tauranga of one of New Zealand’s largest angel investors, Enterprise Angels, which he currently chairs. He is Chairman of Comvita Ltd and a former director of Mighty River Power. He was instrumental in the re-development of the Bay Oval Cricket ground in Tauranga, which has since hosted international matches, and is a current Trustee. He was recently elected to the Board of Cricket New Zealand. He has been a Trustee of Waipuna Hospice since 2008 and has sponsored their quarterly newsletter since 2005. In 2009 Craig’s Investment Partners formed a partnership with Hospice New Zealand to support all 29 Hospices throughout the country. Mr Craig helped establish and has been an advisor for the philanthropic Acorn Foundation since 2003.

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DAVISON, Mr Robert (Rob)

For services to the sheep and beef industries

Mr Rob Davison has contributed to the sheep and beef industry for 40 years.

Mr Davison joined the New Zealand Meat and Wool Board’s Economic Service in 1973 and has served the Board and its successor organisations as Research Officer, Economist, Chief Economist and Executive Director. He has been responsible for the development of sector wide information across the supply chain for red meat and wool. This involves 60 years of data from approximately 550 farms that are able to be aggregated and are representative of the entire sheep and beef and wider pastoral sector. The information flows into historical and forecast analyses for production and land and fertiliser use, processing patterns, and shipping requirements, allowing the sector to follow the value chain through to the consumer. The analyses are sought after at local, national and international level and are highly regarded by all those involved in the development and promotion of policy affecting sheep and beef farmers and to support commercial business decisions and product promotion for export and sale. Mr Davison has mentored many agricultural professionals who have worked in or with the Beef + Lamb Economic Service.

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DIXON, Dr Joanne

For services to clinical genetics

Dr Joanne Dixon has advocated for a national genetic service that would allow families across New Zealand with inherited disease to have access to a consistent level of care and advice. The national Genetic Health Service New Zealand was formally established in 2012 and she is serving as the inaugural national director.

Dr Dixon began as a sole practitioner clinical geneticist in Wellington in 1991. In 2000 she became the Clinical Leader of the Central and Southern Regional Genetics Service. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s she worked with the Ministry of Health on various projects, which included the establishment of formal genetic clinics for central New Zealand and the South Island. Initially to establish South Island clinics she flew fortnightly to Christchurch and Dunedin for clinics, while maintaining local services. To increase access she established the first outreach genetic clinics, with staff travelling to smaller centres on a regular basis. She has been the Coordinator of Advanced Training for Australasia in clinical genetics for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), of which she became a Fellow in 2002, and a member of the RACP’s Specialist Advisory Committee in Genetics. She supported and has assisted with the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme. Dr Dixon has recently completed her term as President of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

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ENOKA, Mr Gilbert Ernest

For services to rugby and sport psychology

Mr Gilbert Enoka has been a member of the All Blacks management team since 2000 in his role as Mental Skills Coach and Assistant Manager.

Mr Enoka has been a part of four Rugby World Cup programmes, including New Zealand’s 2011 and 2015 victories. He is well respected and educated in the mental health area and after 15 years continues to find new ways to communicate with the players and team management, providing a unique psychological element to aid the physicality requirements. He has the trust of the players and ensures he is accessible to them to address their needs. He has been a former New Zealand volleyball representative. Mr Enoka has worked with the Crusaders, New Zealand Cricket and the Silver Ferns in his field of expertise on local, national and international levels.

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FRANCE, Mr George Roger Wayne (Roger)

For services to business

Mr Roger France has contributed to New Zealand businesses for more than 40 years.

Mr France was appointed to the Board of Air New Zealand in 2001, acting as Executive Director until 2002. He was then appointed as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Air New Zealand’s Audit Committee until his retirement from the Board in 2015. He was one of Fonterra Group’s early Directors for six years until 2008, also serving on its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and as Chairman of the Fair Value Share Committee. In 2009 he was appointed to the Board of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and as Chairman of its Audit Committee. He joined the Board of Orion Health in 2013 and the Board of Southern Cross Medical Care Society in 2014. He has been Chairman of the private investment company Tappenden Holdings since 1997. He has previously been involved with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Allied Farmers Cooperative, Blue Star Print Group, Freightways Holdings and Coopers & Lybrand. From 1993 to 2000 he was a Director of Team New Zealand during the America’s Cup challenge and defence under Sir Peter Blake. Mr France was Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 2009 to 2012 and is a Trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation and the Dilworth Trust Board.

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FRANCIS, Mr William Peter (Bill), JP

For services to broadcasting and cricket

Mr Bill Francis has been involved with radio broadcasting for 51 years and is currently Chief Executive of the Radio Broadcasters Association.

Mr Francis began his career with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in Masterton in 1965. He moved to Auckland in 1983 to become Sports Editor of the newly launched Newstalk 1ZB. In 1993 he was promoted to General Manager of Talk Programming for The Radio Network, with a principal responsibility for Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport, a role he held for nearly 20 years. During this time Newstalk ZB was frequently ranked number one in rating surveys. He is Chairman of the New Zealand Radio Awards Committee, the Radio Industry Research Committee, Board member of the Advertising Standards Authority, a member of the New Zealand Music Performance Committee and the Online Media Standards Authority Complaints Board. He mentored some of New Zealand’s most influential broadcasters such as the late Sir Paul Holmes, Leighton Smith, Larry Williams, Kerre McIvor, Mike Hosking, Peter Montgomery and Murray Deaker. He has been a Director of New Zealand Cricket and Auckland Cricket and is currently a Trustee of the Auckland Cricket Development Fund. Mr Francis has authored nine books on cricket, sport and the media.

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GAULD, Professor David Barry

For services to mathematics

Professor David Gauld has been Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland for more than 15 years and has been one of New Zealand’s leading academics in the field of mathematics for more than 40 years.

Professor Gauld initiated a series of summer workshops for students and professional mathematicians with Sir Vaughan Jones, which led to the creation of the New Zealand Mathematics Research Institute (NZMRI). He was a co-Founding Director of NZMRI and was its Secretary for nearly 14 years. He organised two of the workshops and arranged the first ever Summer Topology Conference held in the southern hemisphere in 2002. He served as the first editor of the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics, and has since chaired the committee which oversees the Journal. As Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland he facilitated the establishment of university structures around the Marsden Fund, serving on the assessment panel of this fund, and the Public Good Science Fund. In the 1990s he facilitated initiatives to support Māori and Pacific students, such as the Aldis Scholarship and the University’s Tuakana mentoring programme. Professor Gauld is a former President of the New Zealand Mathematical Society and was appointed a Life Member in 2015.

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GLENN, Mrs Dianne, JP

For services to disabled women and the environment

Mrs Dianne Glenn has held board positions at local, regional, national and international levels with Business and Professional Women New Zealand (BPWNZ), Business and Professional Women International (BPWI) and National Council of Women New Zealand.

Through these organisations Mrs Glenn has conducted research, including a comprehensive collation of quantitative and qualitative data on disabled women as a basis for lobbying and measuring change, and has presented submissions to improve services and support for disabled women. She was a founding member of Franklin BPW in 1984. She was Oceania Coordinator and later Asia/Pacific Regional Coordinator of BPWI. She has been a member of the Auckland Conservation Board and has been involved with Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy Inc. As Chair of the Environmental Management Committee of the Auckland Regional Council she conceived a public campaign to raise awareness of air pollution in Auckland. Her 0800 SMOKEY hotline and website contributed to visible smoke tests being introduced for Warrant of Fitness checks, emissions standards being set for imported vehicles and regulations introduced to reduce the sulphur content of diesel. Mrs Glenn contributed to improving accessibility for disabled people on public transport and to Regional Parks, and introduced environmental programmes for schools.

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HICKMAN, Mr Kevin James

For services to aged care and sport

Mr Kevin Hickman was the co-Founder of the Ryman Healthcare Group of Companies and was the joint Managing Director of Ryman Heathcare, New Zealand’s largest rest home and retirement villages operator with 26 villages throughout the country, from 1984 to 2002, and sole Managing Director until 2006.

Mr Hickman has held the role of non-executive director of Ryman Healthcare since 2006. He was involved in the establishment of health education activities to improve the skills of less experience caregivers, which were later transferred from Ryman Healthcare to the Aged Care sector under the name of Health Education Trust. He has supported a range of charities such as the Christchurch Medical Research Fund and the Champion Centre for preschool infants and small children with disabilities. He has been a coach of track and field athletes for 25 years and has sponsored a number of athletes over the years. He has received the New Zealand Athletics Coach of the Year award. Mr Hickman has been active with the New Zealand Racing Industry as a race sponsor, breeder, and race horse owner.

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HIGHAM, Professor Charles Franklin Wandesforde

For services to archaeology

Professor Charles Higham is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeologists.

Professor Higham was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Otago in 1966 before being appointed Foundation Professor in 1968. He devoted the next decade to expanding the department and developing its international reputation. He was a foundation member of the James Cook Fellowship selection committee. He has been the acting Dean of the School of Social Sciences and a member of the Social Sciences selection panel for the Marsden Fund. He has directed archaeological research in Southeast Asia, with particular reference to Thailand and Cambodia, since 1969 and is now regarded as the leading authority on the region. His most recent research has concentrated on the origins of the Civilisation of Angkor. In 2013 his research was voted one of the top ten projects in the world at the Shanghai Archaeological Forum. He has maintained a key interest in Māori prehistory and has published on the subject. He is the only archaeologist to have delivered both the Wheeler and Reckitt lectures at the British Academy. Professor Higham is the New Zealand representative on the International Union of Pre- and Protohistoric Sciences and serves on the committee of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association.

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HOLMES, Emeritus Professor Janet

For services to linguistics

Emeritus Professor Janet Holmes has taught linguistics at all levels at Victoria University of Wellington over the past 45 years and continues to supervise international doctoral students.

Professor Holmes conducted the first social dialect study of New Zealand English, which fed into the million word contribution of New Zealand English for the International Corpus of English and the Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English. She bridged the research of teachers and linguists to show the applications of the study of language to the everyday problems of classroom communication. She was director and principal researcher for the Wellington Language in the Workplace project, which over 20 years has amassed the largest collection of recorded spoken interaction in everyday workplaces. This project has found new applications for linguistic research, such as the training of new migrants for the workforce and revealing workplace leadership in action. She has been an active mentor of junior academics, especially women and students from ethnic minorities. She has written or edited 25 books on sociolinguistic topics. She has served as Dean and on Victoria University’s Academic Board for a number of years. Professor Holmes has been involved with the New Zealand Linguistic Society and served on international bodies such as the International Pragmatics Society and the International Gender and Language Association.

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JOHNS, Mr Derek Roy

For services to electrical safety standards

Mr Derek Johns has contributed to electrical safety for consumers in New Zealand and globally for more than three decades.

Mr Johns has been the Chair of various International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) committees, such as the committee on ‘Safety of household and similar electrical appliances’, and has worked to ensure that the IEC’s large range of standards are consistent and compatible. The IEC has members from more than 40 countries. He has worked to develop the capacity of developing countries to understand and participate in the standards development process and ensure the standards are truly international, given the production of many appliances in these developing countries. He has covered the development of standards for a broad range of electric equipment from household appliances to farm appliances, power supplies and electric fences. He has played a key role in the negotiation of the Regulatory Co-Operation Agreement on Electrical and Electronic Products, which was appended to the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement, and was responsible for the quality and accuracy of the Comparative Regulatory Compliance Mechanism of the Agreement. Mr Johns serves as the Chairman of several Australasian electrical safety committees and has mentored younger experts in the field for leadership roles.

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MAY, Professor Helen

For services to education

Professor Helen May has had a 50-year career in the service of education.

Professor May began her career as a primary school teacher, followed by childcare, and tertiary teaching. She is now a renowned researcher and historian in early childhood education, and is Professor of Education at the University of Otago. She was foundation Dean of the College of Education at the University of Otago from 2006 to 2011, after the Dunedin College of Education was merged with the University. Alongside her career, she has been involved in advocacy and advisory roles for a range of early childhood policy initiatives, including improving the recognition, professional standards and qualifications for early childhood teachers. She was involved in the establishment of the first industrial union for childcare workers and its inaugural President. She was integral to the development of Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum, which is based around the idea of empowering children, and allows curricula to be shaped by different cultural perspectives. Professor May is the current President of the International Froebel Society, has presented widely at international conferences, and has published in history, curriculum and politics of early childhood education.

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MAYHEW, Dr Richard John (John)

For services to sports medicine

Dr John Mayhew has provided medical advice across a range of sports and was the first medical appointee to a specific sports team (the All Blacks), paving the way for other elite teams to recognise the value of using in-house medical knowledge to help elite athletes improve their performance.

Dr Mayhew was Medical Officer for the New Zealand squash team in 1988; the World Cross Country Championships in 1989; and the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in 1990. He has worked with elite teams such as the All Blacks and the New Zealand Warriors and teams at club level including the Northcote Rugby Club and the Shore Bays Athletics Club. He was on the Medical Committee of the International Rugby Board from 1988 to 2004, the FIFA Oceania Representative from 1999 to 2002, and was appointed to the Board of Drug Free Sport New Zealand in 2015. He has been a sports medicine consultant at the Millennium Sports Centre in Auckland since 1999 and was a senior lecturer in sports medicine at Massey University, Auckland from 1985 to 1999. Dr Mayhew was appointed a Trustee of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation in 2013.

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MCDONNELL, Mr John Mervyn

For services to cycling

Mr John McDonnell has been involved with cycling since the late 1960s.

Mr McDonnell has held numerous roles since 1992 within Cycling New Zealand including Councillor, Board Member, New Zealand Delegate to international meetings, Vice President, President, and Technical Advisor. He has officiated at numerous National, Centre, Club & Inter-club events (road & track) since the 1980s. He trained to be a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Commissaire (international cycling referee) & anti-doping Inspector in Egypt in 1991. Upon attaining UCI qualification he developed and implemented a national, centre & club commissaires’ course, and conducted multiple courses around New Zealand. Since 1991 he has officiated at 99 international UCI events including Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups, Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships and Continental Championships. He has held numerous roles within Whanganui Cycling Club and the West Coast North Island Centre. He has been a Trustee of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust, Cambridge since 2011. As a Board Member, he was involved in the process of the build and operational phases of the Avantidrome, Cycling Centre of Excellence in Cambridge. Mr McDonnell continues to officiate at track and road events locally, nationally and internationally and provides ongoing coaching and organisation of cycling events for school children on a weekly basis.

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MCEWEN, Dr Andrew Durrad

For services to forestry

Dr Andrew McEwen has been involved with New Zealand forestry since the 1960s.

Dr McEwen contributed to the improvement of sustainable forest management as a research team leader at the Forest Research Institute and as Chairman of the National Exotic Forest Description Steering Committee from 1988 to 1997. In his roles with the New Zealand Forestry Corporation between 1987 and 1999 he oversaw a period when corporatisation of production forest administration was introduced and the New Zealand Forestry Corporation was sold as part of the privatisation of State-owned enterprises. He achieved a smooth transition through Treaty of Waitangi issues, the development of a formal sale and purchase process for the Crown’s forests and the development of the Crown Forestry License process and the associated legislation. He has been a Trustee of Tane’s Tree Trust and the Haparangi A4 Ahu Whenua Trust. He was President of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry from 2008 to 2014. He helped establish and currently chairs the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Foundation, which is responsible for the funding of forestry awards and programmes, and the New Zealand Forest Certification Association. Dr McEwen has been a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Advisory Panel on Biological and Life Sciences and the Royal Society Primary Industry Committee.

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PRINGLE, Professor Kevin Craig

For services to paediatric surgery

Professor Kevin Pringle is a leading paediatric surgeon, lecturer and researcher in New Zealand.

Having taught at universities in the United States Professor Pringle returned to New Zealand in 1987 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Surgery and took up the position of Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a position he relinquished in 2014. He was responsible for establishing the first specialist paediatric surgical service in Wellington and served as Clinical Leader in Paediatric Surgery until he retired from Capital and Coast District Health Board in July 2015. In association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he regularly travelled to Fiji for up to two weeks between 1992 and 1998 to treat infants and children with congenital anomalies, undertaking perioperative and emergency care. He has conducted research on fetal lung and kidney development and co-founded the journal ‘Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy’. Over the past 20 years he has collaborated with Japanese colleagues on many research projects and jointly published papers. Professor Pringle was a founding member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society and has been President of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

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SHATFORD, Mr Phillip Graeme

For services to boxing

Mr Phillip Shatford has been a boxing coach for more than 30 years and has coached out of his own boxing gym Riverside Boxing Club since 1998.

The majority of Mr Shatford’s coaching has been done voluntarily, often up to 20 hours a week, and he has often had to fund his own travel around New Zealand and internationally. His boxers have amassed 55 National Amateur Championship Titles and he is the only boxing coach to win a New Zealand National Amateur Championship Title in every weight division. He has represented New Zealand as the Elite Men’s Amateur Boxing Coach at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In 2014 New Zealand Elite Men’s Representatives he has coached have won medals at the Sting Cup in Melbourne, the 52nd Gee Bee Tournament in Helenski, Finland, the 33rd Belgrade Winners Tournament and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He has facilitated fitness camps for local sports teams. Mr Shatford was President of the Canterbury Boxing Association and Development Officer for a number of years until 2011.

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SMITH, Mrs Annette Julia

For services to children's literacy

Mrs Annette Smith is the lead author and educational consultant of the PM Collection of primary school resources, originally published by Price and Millburn in New Zealand and now published internationally by Cengage Learning Australia.

The original PM Supplementary Readers, used by Mrs Smith as a primary school teacher, were out of print by the 1990s prompting her to approach the publishers to revive the resources as the PM Collection. She became a full time writer for the PM Collection in 1997 and has written more than 400 books and has contributed to a further 900 titles. Her educational resources are used daily in New Zealand, Australia and other English speaking countries and have been translated into other languages. Millions of copies of books in the PM Collection have been sold worldwide and have made a significant contribution to children’s literacy. She has focused on creating a complete literacy programme for students in their first eight years of schooling with resources for older students. She has overseen the publishing of the PM eCollection of online interactive books. Mrs Smith has delivered workshops at the New Zealand Reading Association, the Australian Literacy and Educators Association, and Reading Recovery conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

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To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:

TAUMAUNU, Mrs Waimarama, MBE

For services to netball

Mrs Waimarama Taumaunu was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1992 for her services to netball and has since continued to contribute to the sport in coaching and administration roles.

Mrs Taumaunu, a former captain of the Silver Ferns from 1989 to 1991, took on the role of assistant coach of the team in 1998 and again from 2008, later becoming head coach in 2011. She retired from the head coach role in 2015 following the Netball World Cup and Constellation Cup that year. From 1990 until 1998 she worked for the Hillary Commission developing and implementing strategies to improve and increase Maori participation in sport, during which time she helped establish the Maori Sports Awards. In 1998 she was appointed as national performance director for All England Netball and remained in the role until 2003. During that time she was also assistant coach for the England national team in their 2003 Netball World Championship campaign and was a Foundation Director of the English Institute of Sport. She has managed the CoachForce programme for Sport and Recreation New Zealand and in 2009 was elected to the Board of SPARC. In 2007 Mrs Taumaunu was the head coach of the Capital Shakers in the National Bank Cup.

HONOURS AND AWARDS
Māori Sports Hall of Fame inductee, 2007
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame inductee, 1996
Member of the Order of the British Empire, New Year 1992

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TOLERTON, Ms Jane

For services to historical research

Ms Jane Tolerton is a leading practitioner in the use of oral history in New Zealand, a prize-winning journalist, award-winning biographer, and war and gender historian.

Ms Tolerton co-founded the World War One Oral History Archive in 1987 and created a participants’ history of World War One, covering the veterans’ military training and experience at Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Palestine. The average age of the veterans was 90 and it was the first time that many of them had spoken about their experiences, requiring independent observation, earning the subject’s trust, and maintaining empathy when discussing emotionally difficult topics. A book that resulted from this work, ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’ was included in the New Zealand Listener’s 100 best books of 2013. Her biography of Ettie Rout, founder of the New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood that provided nursing care for New Zealand Expeditionary Forces, won the New Zealand Book Award for non-fiction in 1993 and the PEN Best First Book Prize. Ms Tolerton was Writer in Residence at Victoria University in 1996 and in 2014 received funding from The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund to research the role that New Zealand women played in World War One.

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TUREI, Archbishop William Brown (Brown)

For services to the Anglican Church

The Most Reverend Brown Turei has served in the Anglican Church since he became ordained as a Deacon in 1949.

Archbishop Turei was elected as the Bishop of Aotearoa in 2005, and was the first Ngāti Porou person to hold this position, and a year later was consecrated as Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. At 90 years of age is still active in his capacity as Archbishop. Prior to becoming Bishop, he served as the Archdeacon of Waiapū Diocese in Tairāwhiti for eight years, and as the Bishop of Tairāwhiti for 12 years. He has also served in the wider community as the Chaplain at Hukarere Māori Anglican Girls College for nine years, and as the Chaplain of the Napier Prison for four years. Archbishop Turei is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent leaders of Māori both within the church and beyond, and is highly respected for his ability to relate to people across all races and cultures.

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VAUGHAN, Mr Stephen Patrick (Steve)

For services to the New Zealand Police and the community

Mr Steve Vaughan retired from the New Zealand Police in 2014 as Detective Superintendent after 33 years’ service in a variety of roles.

Mr Vaughan, as Second in Command, was critical to the success of Operation Austin, a ten year high profile major criminal investigation of sexual offending within the New Zealand Police during the 1980s, resulting in a Commission of Inquiry being established. He showed a commitment to the training of Victim Support and Homicide Support Workers for more than 10 years and helped shape the victim-centric police model implemented by the New Zealand Police. He has led operations on notorious gang members, vehicle thefts, New Zealand’s largest ever aggravated robbery, and a joint New Zealand/Cook Islands investigation into corruption and drug supply within the Cook Islands Police Service. He has facilitated training for various national Police courses, such as Armed Offenders Squad selection and induction. He has been recognised on numerous occasions for his leadership and dedication to duty, receiving several Commissioner Merit awards. He has served as Vice-Chair, Director and Trustee of the Police and Families Credit Union. Mr Vaughan has volunteered as a coach for various primary and secondary sports teams in his community for more than 10 years.

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WALKER, Dr David John

For services to the State

Dr David Walker is the Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

In this capacity, since 2012, Dr Walker has acted as the lead negotiator in New Zealand’s bid for membership of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries representing nearly 40 percent of global GDP. He has led a dedicated team that coordinated the efforts and contributions of MFAT and the broader New Zealand public sector through years of negotiations to reach agreement in October 2015. The negotiation he led will provide an enormous opportunity to increase New Zealand’s free trade access to a substantial proportion of the world’s economy. This successful outcome and New Zealand’s membership of the Trans Pacific Partnership is directly attributable to his expertise in negotiations and his sustained effort and commitment. He was New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) until 2011. During his time with the WTO, Dr Walker represented New Zealand at the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations, and in April 2009 was appointed Chair of the Doha Round negotiations on agriculture.

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WALLER, Mr John Anthony

For services to business and the community

Mr John Waller has been active in high profile business in New Zealand since 1975.

Mr Waller has contributed his experience to numerous roles, including appointments from the Registrar of Companies to administer corporate failures affecting investors in circumstances where there were insufficient funds to allow for paid professional help. He held various government appointments to take leading roles in addressing some of the country’s most challenging insolvencies, including the Chase Corporation and the Development Finance Corporation. He took on the role of Chair of the Eden Park Redevelopment Board and was instrumental in this role in helping New Zealand secure the hosting rights for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Mr Waller has also been an avid annual fundraiser for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand ‘Shave for a Cure’ campaign for more than 12 years, has supported the organisation to develop wider business and philanthropic relationships, and been a mentor for Leukaemia sufferers following his experience surviving a bone marrow transplant in 2000.

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WILLIAMSON, Professor Norman

For services to the veterinary profession

Professor Norman Williamson spent eleven years on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand as a member and Deputy Chair, during which time he was the New Zealand representative on the Australasian Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists.

In 2011 Professor Williamson was appointed as independent Chair of the Australasian Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee, a position he currently holds.  He was a member and served two terms as Chair of the Council of Veterinary Deans of Australia and New Zealand.  He was a Board member of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) from 1993 to 2006 and served as Chair of the NZVA Foundation for continuing Education for six years.  He became Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Massey University in 1989, later becoming Programme Director of Veterinary Science from 2000 to 2011.  He developed a number of computer programmes to monitor and evaluate the performance of dairy cattle and other livestock.  He has supervised numerous post-graduate students, published more than 80 peer reviewed papers and delivered more than 100 conference presentations nationally and internationally.  Professor Williamson has held a number of international consultancies including in North America, Europe, Africa and more recently in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

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