For services to local government and the community
The first thought that crossed Duncan Butcher's mind when he
found out about his Queen's Birthday honour was the ''guys''
behind the scenes who helped him and the bodies he served on
over the years.
Mr Butcher stepped down from local body politics last year
after 33 years serving Otago in various roles, most recently
as the Central Otago representative on the Otago Regional
He has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of
''I was taken a bit by surprise but when I think about it,
I'm proud of it.''
His career included time as Cromwell borough mayor, deputy
mayor of the Central Otago district and chairman of the
regional council from 2001 to 2004.
During that time, he faced the challenges of a town under
threat from the Clyde Dam and chaired the agency fighting to
prevent the varroa bee mite coming south.
He was involved in various trusts, including the Central
Otago Lakes Trust, the Otago Community Trust and the Otago
Goldfields Heritage Trust.
Mr Butcher said the honour had made him think back over the
years and what came to mind was all the chief executives and
town clerks he had worked with.
''Sometimes, people forget the amount of work they do to back
politicians and trustees.''
While it was the councils or boards that made the decisions,
it was the managers who had to put them into practice.
''I've come to appreciate that since October [when he
retired], the amount of help and how important those guys
Mr Butcher said he was enjoying his retirement and did not
miss hitting the road to Dunedin every few weeks.
He had been able to get a few things done around the home and
was enjoying spending time in Auckland with his
grandchildren, which is where he would be celebrating his
honour, the day after his 70th birthday.
Services to Maori
Riki Herengitana-Cherrington was blunt when told he had been
made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
''How the bloody hell did I get that?''But after the
72-year-old began listing his more than 50 years of service
to Maori in Invercargill, it is easy to understand why.
Mr Herengitana-Cherrington, of Nga Puhi descent, left the Bay
of Islands for Invercargill in 1959.
During his long involvement, he helped establish an urban
marae for Nga Iwi Katoa in Invercargill, and supported the
construction of a whare tupuna at Murihiku marae.
He also helped establish the first kohanga reo in the South
Island, on the grounds of Invercargill's Catholic Basilica.
He has been the kaumatua at the University of Otago Southland
campus since 1999 and was a driving force in the formation of
a bilingual Maori programme and facility at the teachers
He has also worked as a teacher and kaumatua of Maori studies
at the Southern Institute of Technology since 1995, and
helped establish a relationship between the polytechnic and
Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Since 1991, he has been kaumatua and tutor of te reo and
tikanga at Invercargill Prison, and also advises the Kai Tech
Charitable Trust, which helps youth at risk of long-term
He has served on several government committees including
Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation, Invercargill City Council
Safer Communities and the Department of Internal Affairs
Community Organisations Funding Scheme.
Mr Herengitana-Cherrington has been on the Murihiku Maori
Warden advisory committee Te
Waipounamu Maori Council.
Donald Murray Douglas Cleverley
Services to business and the community
Murray Cleverley (52) has contributed to a large range of
organisations in the South Island, but is perhaps best known
in Otago for helping set up Warbirds Over Wanaka.
Mr Cleverley, who lives in Timaru, has been involved in a
long list of both business and community organisations.
His contribution to business included being chairman of the
Economic Development Association of New Zealand (EDANZ) from
2005 to 2007, being a member of the Small Business Advisory
Group and the inaugural chairman of Escalator New Zealand, a
Government capital raising initiative.
It was this business expertise, and not an interest in
aviation, which got him involved in Warbirds Over Wanaka
''I'm an old Wanaka boy. I started in business there many
years ago, at the Doughbin [bakery], and I thought it would
be nice to give something back to that community.''
He started out as the inaugural independent director and
trustee, then became chairman and now serves as a board
member of the trust.
In that time, he had learnt a little about aviation.
''In the early days, sitting around board meetings, the rest
of the trustees, because they were such aviation enthusiasts,
they'd be talking about things that I'd never heard about.''
His work with Warbirds Over Wanaka was one of many cases in
which he used his business acumen to help the community.
He was ''honoured'' to receive the award.
''At the end of the day, it's not about me. I have just been
pretty fortunate I have got a fantastically supportive wife
and kids and I have always surrounded myself with good
He now serves as chairman of the Canterbury and South
Canterbury District Health Boards and facilitated the
campaign which raised
$3 million for an MRI scanner for the SCDHB.
He had previously lived in Invercargill and Oamaru and was
chairman of the Oamaru Intermediate School board of trustees
from 1992 to 1996.
Services to business and the community
Paul Hudson (65), of Port Chalmers, said that he was
''humbled and honoured'' for the recognition of his involved
with commerce, local government and the community in Dunedin
for 50 years.
He worked for Cadbury Fry Hudson between 1973 and 1996 and,
as managing director, led Cadbury's transition to conducting
its worldwide business from centralised locations.
He held elected positions on Port Chalmers and Dunedin City
Councils between 1980 and 2013, including deputy mayor on
He was chairman of Dunedin City Holdings, Citibus-Dunedin
Transport Ltd and Citiworks, and a board member of City
Forests, Aurora Energy and Delta Utility Services.
He was chairman of Dunedin City Holdings for 18 years, when
shareholder funds increased from $100,000 to more than $150
million and distributions to Dunedin City Council totalled
more than $280 million.
He was council appointee for the Otago Theatre Trust, Dunedin
Public Art Gallery Society and its acquisitions committee and
the Dunedin Town Hall Organ Trust.
He was appointed treasurer to the Otago branch of the Save
the Children Fund 50 years ago.
''This was the beginning of my lifelong interest in serving
The service to the community included work for Port Chalmers
Kindergarten, the Aramoana Trust, Regent Theatre, the Otago
Arts Society, the Dunedin Council of Social Services and the
Dunedin Community House Trust.
''My involvement with the establishment of Community House,
my early years in Save the Children Fund and various roles
and involvement in local government have been very
satisfying,'' he said.
Ronald Garth Ballantyne
Services to education
Retired principal Ron Ballantyne, of Dunedin, said he was
''chuffed and surprised'' to receive a Queen's Service Medal
for services to education.
Mr Ballantyne (63) recently retired after working in the
education sector for about 40 years.
His career in education started as a teacher at St Andrew's
College, in Christchurch, and continued at Logan Park High
School, in Dunedin for five years, before he moved to area
schools - year 0 to year 13 schools in country districts.
He was the Cheviot Area School assistant principal for 12
years, Twizel Area School principal for five years and
Hurunui College principal for 14 years.
He retired from the Hurunui College, an area school, at the
end of last year.
The application for the honour noted Mr Ballantyne's
dedication to his pupils by meeting the school buses,
regardless of the weather conditions, to greet and farewell
He conversed with pupils during intervals, competed in annual
school cross-country races and staff versus pupil games. He
paid for stationery for disadvantaged pupils and tutored
French in his own time.
''It's all about the kids,'' Mr Ballantyne said.
After retiring, he was missing the pupils but not the
pressure, he said.
''It is quite a high-pressure job, and I don't miss the
conflict, but I really did enjoy working with young people.
Today's young people are fantastic. I've been very lucky to
have a career working with the citizens of the future.''
Ann Elizabeth Barsby
Services to heritage preservation
Ann Barsby, who received a QSM for services to heritage
preservation, says the tide is turning in favour of
preserving Otago's heritage and developing Dunedin's heritage
Mrs Barsby (73) was ''very humbled'' by the honour, which
also reflected the efforts of many other people to preserve
and promote heritage, including at the Dunedin Gasworks
She had first heard of the award while in Berlin during a
recent visit to Europe with her husband, classics scholar
Emeritus Prof John Barsby.
At that stage, before she had fully read it, she initially
believed that an email notification message sent to her about
the honour was ''spam'', and her first thought had been to
delete it, she said with a smile.
She was surprised and delighted by the award and also
welcomed ''a real growing awareness of the importance of
heritage'' in the community.
The earlier Dunedin City Council-backed restoration of the
Gasworks Museum fitting shop, and the staging of an
international industrial heritage conference there last year
had marked turning points for the museum and for community
awareness about industrial heritage.
A strong Otago heritage advocate, Mrs Barsby said that
growing community awareness and DCC backing for the museum
were a ''huge plus''.
She founded the Southern Heritage Trust in 2002 to promote
and preserve all aspects of Otago's heritage and continued to
be the driving force behind its success, honours authorities
Mrs Barsby has been closely involved in several community
organisations and was responsible for reviving the Dunedin
Gasworks Museum Trust in 2006, remaining an active member of
Her services to heritage were also recognised when she
received Dunedin's prestigious Bluestone Award in 2011.
Alan Andrew Key
Services to recreational fishing
If you want to get something fixed, tell Alan Key it cannot
be done, his children say.
It is his response to such challenges concerning recreational
fishing that got him get involved in the management and
conservation of fisheries, he said.
''[This award] is not why I do it. I see a problem I believe
needs a solution and I try to fix it.''
He did not believe in grizzling about a problem and instead
tried to find a solution that gave the maximum result with
the minimum impact.
''I found old-fashioned values and honesty works.''
It was the state of the blue cod fishery in Foveaux Strait
that first drew his attention.
In the past 20 years, he has contributed to projects such as
the Foveaux Strait dredge oyster management working group,
Paterson Inlet scallop working group, Paterson Inlet fishing
working group, blue cod working group and the Guardians of
Fiordland's fisheries and marine environment group.
He has also been involved with the Guardians of Fiordland for
18 years and developed the Fiordland Marine Conservation
Strategy between 2000 and 2005.
Mr Key (63), who is self-employed, has also advised
government departments, fishing industry planning and
advisory groups ensuring the implementation of more practical
and realistic proposals for caring for the marine
The keen recreational angler has also been involved in a
proposal for an overarching body for marine recreational
He hoped to step back from many of those roles in coming
years so he had the time to ''reap the benefits'' of all the
''There is nothing worse than sitting in a boardroom on a
nice day knowing your boat is sitting in the shed,'' the
father of three said.
Peter Boyd McPherson
Services to the community
Long-serving Clutha district councillor Peter McPherson
admitted to ''quite a surprise'' when he learned of his
Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.
''I don't really don't know how it came about. It was a bit
of a shock when I opened the envelope,'' he said on Thursday.
Mr McPherson was born and bred in Tapanui and spent his whole
life in the town, apart from a period of compulsory military
training in the 1950s.
He did not want to reveal his age.
''I'm still a boy,'' he said.
Mr McPherson was elected to the Clutha District Council in
1995 and served as a councillor until 2010.
He was elected to the West Otago Community Board in 1989, and
served as council representative and chairman from 1995 to
2001. He was also chairman of district assets for 12 years
and of Local Government New Zealand zone six, from 2004 to
He later served on the wastewater and waste management
working parties, the forestry committee, and the Clutha water
He was a member of the Tuapeka County bursary and Telford
Rural Polytechnic bursary panels and was involved in
improving telecommunication services in outlying areas.
He was also a member of the Black Gully Domain Board, Pest
Destruction Board and a Crookston Cemetery trustee.
Mr McPherson continues to operate an agricultural contracting
business in Tapanui and help out around the community.
''I still get up every morning and manage to find something
to do,'' he said.
''I still hit the Black Gully grass once a fortnight with the
Patrick James Sullivan
Services to broadcasting
Veteran radio presenter Jim Sullivan, of Dunedin, has
received a Queen's Service Medal for services to
Mr Sullivan (67) presents the Sounds Historical programme on
Radio New Zealand National.
The honour was an ''endorsement'' for historical radio
programming, he said when contacted.
''It's pleasing because I think it indicates there's a place
for New Zealand history in radio programmes. There's no other
radio programme that does that.''
Since the early 1990s, Mr Sullivan has compiled and presented
the show from the national broadcaster's Dunedin studio. The
show started in Wellington, but he had been ''determined'' to
move it to Dunedin.
''It hasn't changed too much, although over 20 years, as the
audience have got older ... we've gone from, say, focusing on
the 1930s, '40s and '50s, to the '40s, '50s and '60s.
''We're all getting older, and our memories don't necessarily
go back to the 1920s.''
Other than that, the show had changed little over time, he
said. Originally from Timaru, where he started his career, he
has also worked in Palmerston North, the Netherlands and
Christchurch, in a career spanning more than 50 years.
He presented Morning Report in the late 1970s for a couple of
Also a historian, he was Radio New Zealand chief archivist
for about six years in the 1980s, and was manager of the oral
history centre at the Alexander Turnbull Library in the early
He has written more than 30 books on New Zealand history, and
pens the column ''Nothing Too Serious'' in the Otago Daily
Colin Leslie Weatherall
Services to the community
Colin Weatherall says he accepts his Queen's Service Medal on
behalf of his family and the communities of Brighton and
''I have only had the opportunity to get this far because of
the support of other people along the way,'' Mr Weatherall
He received the honour for his service to Brighton and
Dunedin as a councillor, administrator and volunteer on
Mr Weatherall spent 15 years as a councillor for Dunedin,
retiring at the 2013 local government elections, and, before
that, 12 years as chairman of the Saddle Hill Community
''If given the chance to do all the things I have done, I
would do them all again tomorrow,'' he said.
He has also spent more than 30 years as an administrator and
coach of rugby, from club to Super Rugby level, and spent
time as chairman of the Otago Rugby Football Union and
convener of Carisbrook.
His work at Carisbrook led to him overseeing several All
Blacks test matches, something he was particularly proud of.
''I was lucky to be involved in a great era of Otago rugby,''
He credited former Otago Rugby Football Union chairman John
Spicer as being particularly influential in his work as an
''He's done a huge amount to help me,'' Mr Weatherall said.
He is a board member of Surf Life Saving New Zealand and
previously served as chairman of Surf Life Saving Otago.
He is also an honorary fish and game ranger and served nine
years on the Otago Fish and Game Council, as well as
previously serving as chairman of the Community Care Trust,
which provides support for people with intellectual
He was ''somewhere between humbled and embarrassed'' at being
acknowledged, but was thankful to those who had made the
''The most important and critical thing has been the support
of my family,'' he said.
Having retired recently, he looked forward to spending time
with his wife, Ann, before taking aim at other community