Southern and rural people among the many recognised in today’s Queens Birthday Honours include:
Order of New Zealand:
Dame Malvina Lorraine Major, GNZM, DBE, of Hamilton. For services to New Zealand. The recognisition would be for her services to music but she was a diary farmer.
Ms Beverley Anne Wakem, CBE, of Porirua. For services to the State.
Beverley was Chief Executive of Radio NZ when I worked for Radio Waitaki. She called into the stuido one day and made a very good impression on us all. She was later General Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for what was then Wrightson Limited.
Owen Marshall Jones, ONZM, of Timaru. For services to literature.
Professor Peter Donald Graham Skegg, of Dunedin. For services to medical law.
Mrs Robyn Denise Broughton, MNZM, of Invercargill. For services to netball.
Ms Fiona Farrell, of Akaroa. For services to literature.
Fiona grew up in
Dr Ronald George Gibson, of Morrinsville. For services to veterinary science.
Mr Brian Martin Hight, of Auckland. For services to agricultural publishing.
Mr Clive Paton, of Martinborough. For services to viticulture and conservation.
Mr Alister Douglas Malcolm Brown, of Wellington. For services as a chef. (Neither southern nor rual, but he’s a grat advocate for meat).
Ms Fiona Louise Campbell, of Wanaka. For services to art philanthropy.
Mr Ross Alexander Corrigan, JP, of Hawera. For services to farming and the community.
Mr Lindsay Galloway, of Christchurch. For services to Chatham Islands agriculture.
Mr James Millton, of Gisborne. For services to the wine industry.
Mr Alfred James Wakefield, of Rangiora. For services to harness racing.
Mrs Dorothy Rosemary Acland, of Peel Forest. For services to the community.
Mrs Shona Joyce Beck, of Kaitangata. For services to the community.
Mr Colin Edward Heslop, of Culverden. For services to the community.
Mrs Yeverley Kristine McCarthy, of Wanaka. For services to the community.
Mr James Harding Crosby Morris, of Omarama. For services to the community.
Dr David Henry Mossman, of Havelock North. For services to veterinary science.
Mrs Verna Elizabeth Stevens, of Gore. For services to the RSA and the community.
Mr John Dougal Stevenson, of Dunedin. For services to broadcasting.
Dougal was a regular participant in celebrity debates to raise money for IHC. Fellow debater Pinky Agnew once caused him to blush by describing him as the thinking woman’s crumpet.
Among others honoured I was pleased to see that Rod Deane received a KNZM for services to business and the community. Included in the latter would be many years of service to IHC.
John Kirwan also received a KNZM for services to mental health and rugby. While his All Black career was notable it his his more recent work in helping people with mental health problems that makes him worthy of this honour.
Michael Cullen will also be a knight. My political bias gets in the way of understanding why he deserves it.
Background notes on all those honoured are here.