New Year 2013 NZ
Honours awarded in Otago and Southland.
ONZM (OFFICERS OF THE
Emeritus Prof Roger
Services to education and
Emeritus Prof Roger Field has had a 41-year involvement with
Lincoln University, where he promoted agriculture and the
land-based industries of New Zealand as vice-chancellor.
Prof Field was a member of the senior management of Lincoln
University from the mid-1990s and vice-chancellor from 2004
to 2012. He was appointed professor of plant science in 1986
and subsequently became head of the department of plant
science, before becoming deputy vice-chancellor, then
vice-chancellor. He was a member and chairman of the New
Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee, and chaired the
Scholarships Committee, the Committee on University Academic
Programmes and numerous interagency committees. He served on
the council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
from 2008 to 2011. He has been a director of Te Tapuae o
Rehua, a partnership of tertiary institutions and Ngai Tahu,
aimed at lifting Ngai Tahu and Maori katoa participation and
achievement in the South Island's tertiary education sector.
He was chairman of the South Island Dairying Development
Centre from 2003 to 2012 - a partnership of seven dairy
sector organisations working towards the sustainable
development of South Island dairying through research,
development and extension - and a Fellow of the New Zealand
Institute of Management since 2005.''
A lot of the achievements that appear to be linked to me are
also because of the work of others,'' Prof Field said.''
As a team in the last few years we've managed to put
agriculture back on the front foot and I think Lincoln
University is now recognised for what it should be, and
that's a leader in education and research for the land-based
industries in New Zealand, which is such an important part of
the country's economy.''
Alexander Christopher (Chris) Kelley
For services to New Zealand Police and diplomacy
Chris Kelley has been recognised for his distinguished career
with New Zealand Police both here and abroad. The Dunedin man
said he was ''quite taken aback and humbled'' by the honour,
which he shares with his wife Lynn, their three daughters and
former police colleagues, ''without whom I could have never
had such a varied and rewarding career''.
Mr Kelley (62) joined the police force in 1968, and held
numerous supervisory, investigative and management positions
in Invercargill, Dunedin and Wellington.
He worked as a crime services manager and a police complaints
investigator, which included a review of the fatal shooting
of Eric Bruce Gellatly in Invercargill on September 27, 1995.
His report was reviewed by the Police Complaints Authority
which, along with the coroner, agreed with his findings,
''that was at the heart of public confidence''.''
I am immensely proud of New Zealand Police, and in my opinion
the level of public and professional scrutiny on the police
ensures accountability and integrity that is as good as
anywhere else in the world.''
From 2003 he spent almost a decade policing overseas in
Indonesia, Australia and Tonga, but returned frequently to
the family home in St Clair, Dunedin.
In January 2003 - after the Bali bombings - the then
detective inspector was seconded to establish the police
liaison office at the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta.
In May 2004, he worked for the New Zealand High Commission in
Canberra, where he served as a police liaison officer,
working with Australian federal and state police and New
During his four-year stint in Canberra he developed
interagency links and provided security liaison support to
the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team, at the 2006
Melbourne games. From 2008 he was seconded to work as the
Commissioner of Police in Tonga, and that year retired from
New Zealand Police in order to retain independence in his new
That role offered him the chance to leave the greatest
impact, as it provided an opportunity to be involved in
policing reform, implementing new policy and operational
activities for a police force that ''was struggling after the
events of November 2006''.
The aftermath of those riots had affected public confidence
and the ability to deal with serious incidents.
The sinking of Princess Ashika was a significant event for
the police force, which was found to have acted in an
exemplary manner after the 2009 maritime tragedy.
Last year he returned home to Dunedin, and was undertaking
contract work for a government department.
John William Acton Smith
Services to business and community
A lifetime of service to Southland business and community by
Invercargill businessman Acton Smith (65) has been recognised
with an Officer of the Order (ONZM).
Among Mr Smith's achievements were fighting to keep the
Southland Building Society independently owned, his ownership
of H&J Smith Ltd and H&J Smith Holdings Ltd's five
department stores and allied businesses and his involvement
with the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust, of
which he has been chairman of since 2006.''
I'm very lucky and very privileged to get to the position to
receive this honour,'' he said from his holiday home in
Overseeing the redesigning and reconstruction of Stadium
Southland, after its collapse because of snowfall in 2010,
had been a challenge he was not expecting at the end of his
working life but he wanted to ensure it was completed, he
Diane Edith Brown
Services to writing and education
Poet and novelist Diane Brown says she is a little
embarrassed with her honour.
''I was brought up to be humble. It's a matter of not having
too much attention drawn to me.
''It's a little embarrassing. Many may disagree but writers
are introverted people by nature.''
Having said that, the 61-year-old was delighted with the
I think it's a really good thing for literature, which is not
overly recognised in our society. That's the main reason why
I have accepted it.''
Brown has a long-standing voluntary involvement with the New
Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and has tutored a wide
range of creative writing courses.
She was creative writing co-ordinator and tutor at Aoraki
Polytechnic from 2001 to 2011, taught creative writing
courses at Paremoremo Prison and recently established
Creative Writing Otago - an online creative writing school.
Brown has published six books, including Before the Divorce
we go to Disneyland (1997), Eight Stages of Grace (2002) and
Here Comes Another Vital Moment (2006).
She has won the Michael King Writer's Studio Inaugural
Residential Fellowship (2005), the Montana Book Awards Best
First Book of Poetry for Before the Divorce we go to
Disneyland and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship (1997)
and was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards in 2003.
Services to animal welfare
Animal welfare advocate Jeanette Crosado hopes the lives of
all creatures will continue to improve and says changes in
attitude are encouraging.
The St Clair resident has been involved with the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for more than 30
When she joined the management committee of the SPCA Otago
branch in 1978 she was its only female member, and served as
president between 1987 and 2010.
This year Mrs Crosado (74) was awarded a gold bar to go with
the gold medal she received from the Royal New Zealand SPCA
In 2001 she helped form the Otago SPCA Charitable Trust, of
which she was chairwoman.
Mrs Crosado was ''absolutely surprised'' by her award and
said it indicated how important animal welfare had become to
the community and the nation.''
It's more than just looking out for cats and dogs. All
animals, if used, must be used in a way that's most humane
and treated specially,'' she said.
Mrs Crosado had long been involved in the ethical treatment
of animals in science and training as a member of the
National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee and a board member
of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of
Animals in Research and Teaching.
Since 1989 she had also been an animal welfare member of the
Crown Research Animal Ethics Committee.
In May she stood down after 24 years as a member of the
National Council of the Royal New Zealand SPCA, but remained
the chairwoman of its animals in science advisory committee.
She had received long service awards from the national and
Otago SPCA branches, as well as an award recognising her 20
years of service to the animal ethics committee.
Niagara (South Catlins)
Services to cycling
Southland cyclist and paralympic gold medallist Laura
Fairweather wasn't sure whether to accept her award.
Fairweather (25), from Niagara, South Catlins, told the Otago
Daily Times she came ''pretty close'' to saying no, worrying
she was not yet worthy of such an award in a career that -
hopefully - was yet to peak.
However, Fairweather's mind was eventually made up when she
thought of the positive message her gold, silver and bronze
medals had helped deliver to her South Catlins community, and
in particular the area's young children. Fairweather accepted
the honour for services to cycling after her success as a
tandem cycle pilot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
She and fellow paralympic cyclist Phillipa Gray, of
Southland, together won gold in the tandem women's pursuit,
as well as silver in the tandem women's road time trial and
bronze in the tandem 1km time trial. Gray is sight and
hearing impaired as a result of Usher syndrome and requires
Fairweather's help to guide their tandem bicycle.
Services to the community
Geoffrey Mirkin, a senior Dunedin lawyer who chaired the
board which established the Otago Community Hospice, is
''humbled'' with his honour.
Mr Mirkin (60), who has served on many Otago charitable
boards since his mid-20s, said it was ''nice to be
acknowledged'' but voluntary work was not undertaken ''for
honours or awards''.
He paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of community
volunteers who were working throughout the country to make
New Zealand society more humane and inclusive.''
I could not have achieved anything that I've achieved,
working with charitable organisations, without these amazing,
passionate people who believe in the causes that they're
Mr Mirkin has been chairman and trustee of the Otago
Community Hospice Trust, and is still closely involved with
the hospice, including as honorary solicitor and chairman of
the hospice complaints committee.
He received the national College of Law Community Service in
Law Award earlier this year.
He chairs the Otago Welfare Guardianship Trust, the
Integrative Health Trust Otago and the Corstorphine Baptist
Community Trust, a provider of mental health services, and is
a trustee of the Dunedin Jewish Trust.
He was president of Dunedin Marriage Guidance (1984-88) and
national president of Marriage Guidance New Zealand (1992-94)
and established the North Otago Budget Advisory Service in
Geoffrey Watts Neilson
Services to agriculture
Geoff Neilson (70) played a leading role in the eradication
of the hydatids disease in New Zealand.
The former South Otago farmer, who retired to Mosgiel, said
his honour was recognition of all the encouragement and
support he had received from family, colleagues and friends
over the years.
He acknowledged his wife Ailsa, son Andrew and daughter
Dianne, without whom '' I could not have made myself
available to take up the opportunities that came my way''.
Mr Neilson said it was a privilege to be part of the
successfulhydatids eradication campaign. Hydatids was
responsible for the deaths of 142 people in New Zealand
between 1946 and 1956.''
To have been part of a huge team that consisted of dog
owners, local government hydatids and dog control officers,
the hydatid council's field officers, scientists and members
of the National Hydatids Council, gave one a tremendous sense
of satisfaction to see this needless disease finally
eradicated from New Zealand.''
He was also chairman of Ovis Management Ltd, which was set up
to control what is known as sheep measles. He acknowledged
the support he received from the country's meat-processing
industry, the staff and members of the New Zealand Meat
Industry Council and the directors of Ovis Management, in
particular the company's project manager, Dan Lynch.
Denise Brenda Walsh
Services to youth theatre
Denise Walsh has been a drama teacher and a producer of youth
theatre for more than 30 years.
Ms Walsh started teaching drama at King Edward Technical
College, before moving to Logan Park High School in 1976. She
taught drama there until retiring at the end of this year.
She said she was ''very flattered'' to be recognised with an
honour for doing what she loved.''
I have enjoyed the whole journey. I kept learning with them.
I think that's why it's nice working with young people.''
''I liked helping kids channel their creativity,'' she said.
She has also written, produced and directed many scripts
tailored to the needs of teenagers as they face the
transition to adulthood.
She also mentored many other practitioners of youth theatre,
serving on the executive of the New Zealand Association for
Drama in Education for many years.
She is a life member and former executive member of the New
Zealand Theatre Federation and was an executive member of
Speech New Zealand.
Ms Walsh also took teams to represent New Zealand youth drama
to the United States, Japan, Germany and Korea and helped
three pupils attain full drama scholarships in the US.
She was also an accredited adjudicator for the New Zealand
Association of Drama Adjudicators.
Noel Dawson Anderson
Services to Coastguard
Noel Anderson (57) was honoured to receive the award, which
recognised his 40 years of service to the Riverton Coastguard
''There are 1200 other volunteer coastguards doing the same
here - it's a great honour.''
He was senior master, unit trainer and media liaison officer
and had filled just about every role, including president,
over the years.
Mr Anderson played a vital role in building the rescue
vessel, upgrading the Russell John Chisholm flagship and
commissioning the 4ZA and Foveaux rescue vessels and the boat
shed base project.
Michael Lynn Andrewes
Services to opera
An award for services to opera was ''further icing on the
cake'' for Michael Lynn Andrewes (69), who says his passion
for the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan has given him
I felt very surprised initially. It wasn't something I was
expecting. But it's nice to be officially recognised. This is
further icing on the cake.''
After a career as director of the Language Learning Centre at
the University of Otago from 1967 to 1996, he has since
raised the profile of opera in Dunedin and wider New Zealand
by directing 13 Gilbert and Sullivan operas back to back in
historical order between 2002 and 2012 for the Really
Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust.
As well, he has directed a further 12 major productions for
the Dunedin Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society, the
Dunedin Opera Company, Otago Opera and the Dunedin Repertory
The greater part of his work in the theatre was unpaid and
During this time, he has raised more than $1 million to fund
his projects and has injected a significant amount back into
the Dunedin community, including $400,000 for the Southern
Warren David Barker
Services to the community
A lifetime of serving the South Canterbury region has been
recognised for Warren Barker. He joined the Caroline Bay
Association as a volunteer when he was 13 and has been a
member for more than 40 years, making a significant
contribution to the success of its annual carnival.
He has served on the executive for more than 25 years,
including a 16-year term as president. Mr Barker was a Timaru
district councillor from 2004 to 2010.
Malcolm Duncan Cameron
Services to youth and the community
This year's Senior New Zealander of the Year Malcolm Cameron
doesn't go to work. Instead he ''lives the dream'', often
waking at 5am in his bid to help educate and empower young
Mr Cameron (68) started working with youth in the 1980s when
employed by the Salvation Army.
He was made redundant and decided in the early 1990s to go it
alone, with the support of his wife and ''hero'' Annabel.
In 1998 the Malcam Charitable Trust was established,
realising Mr Cameron's dream.
''For the last 20 years or longer, when I started working
with youth in my own right, I haven't had a job. I've just
been living the dream, and waking up every day with that
dream is an awesome space to be in,'' he said.
Mr Cameron was humbled by his latest award and said it
represented the tens of thousands of people who had helped
him achieve his goals.
''I'm really proud and pleased for everyone concerned. It's
not because of what I do, but because of everyone else
around,'' he said.
Mr Cameron had been involved in dozens of youth programmes
and schemes, initiated by the Malcam trust as well as
Frederick Charles Cooper
Services to community
Fred Cooper's honour was recognition of more than 50 years'
work with the Gore Returned and Services Association and 40
years with the Gore and Districts Senior Citizens Club.
''I'm a bit humbled. I didn't do it by myself - I work as
part of a team.''
Mr Cooper (91) is a life member of the RSA, having served in
several roles, including as the Otago-Southland district RSA
president for two years and a member of the national
His involvement in the senior citizens club included the
construction of the club's building in 1976 and a shelter
shed for mobility scooters. He was elected to the committee
in 1984 and served as vice-president and president.
He was also a life member of the Eastern Southland Hunt Club.
Peter Thomas Cummings
Services to agriculture and the community.
For about 50 years, Peter Cummings (70) has been ''very
much'' involved in serving his community.
''It's very nice to get a recognition like this ... I was
very surprised to hear and it's very nice for my wife and six
children,'' he said.
He is a trustee of the Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust,
responsible for the creation of a 73km cycle and walking
trail between Roxburgh and Lawrence, and the Lawrence Chinese
Camp Charitable Trust, and is chairman of the Tuapeka
Lawrence Community Co, which promotes and researches
historical sites in the district.
He is also director of the Tuapeka Lodge harness racing stud,
a committee member of the Tuapeka Trotting Club and a
superintendent, instructor and driver for St John. Previously
he was a trustee and vice-chairman of the New Zealand Farm
Environment Award Trust; a committee member of the Otago
Balance Farm Environment Awards; and local branch chairman
and, for seven years, committee member of the Otago Meat and
Wool Committee for Federated Farmers.
From 1991 to 1995 he was chairman of the Clutha District
Strategic Planning Committee, and a member of the Clutha
District Chamber of Commerce and the Clutha Agricultural
Development Board. He was chairman of that board and is now a
He was also design and building chairman for the Simpson Park
Mavis Jessie Davidson
Services to the community
Mavis Davidson had to sit down and ''catch her breath'' after
learning she had been nominated for an honour.
''I found out in October and that first letter shocked me,''
said Mrs Davidson, who gave her age as ''more than 80''.
''I admire all of those people who have received one before
me but I don't like any fuss. That's the worst part about
Mrs Davidson moved to Owaka 54 years ago and immediately
immersed herself in the community. A passion for gardening
saw her join the Owaka Garden Club in 1962 and the Owaka
Floral Art Foundation in 1967. Mrs Davidson helped create
several gardens within Owaka township in 1997 and has
continued to maintain them.
She was a founding member of the Catlins Horticultural
Society in 1984 and has been head steward. She remains a
committee member of the Catlins Historical Society and has
also served as treasurer (1992-2002).
Mrs Davidson was a volunteer librarian at Owaka Library
(1970-97) and also a co-ordinator of Meals on Wheels in Owaka
She also helped establish the Owaka Museum and Information
Centre in 2007 and continues as a weekend volunteer. She has
also been an organiser and supervisor of offenders carrying
out community work in Owaka since 1998.
After more than 50 years serving her community, Mrs Davidson
remains most proud of her work with the Owaka Beautification
For services to heritage preservation
Stewart Harvey has been a volunteer working towards the
preservation of both natural and historic heritage in Otago
for about 20 years.
Mr Harvey was a member of the Otago branch of the New Zealand
Historic Places Trust for eight years. He formed the Historic
Cemeteries Conservation Trust of New Zealand in 2001 and is
now the chairman and honorary treasurer. Mr Harvey also
initiated the preparation and publication of a plan to
conserve Dunedin's Northern and Southern Cemeteries.
A major part of this plan was the restoration of the Chinese
section of the Southern Cemetery. He also spearheaded
fundraising efforts for the restoration of the Larnach family
tomb, which was completed in 2011.
Mr Harvey was also a foundation trustee and honorary
treasurer of the Otago Natural History Trust's Orokonui
Ecosanctuary from 2003 to 2011.
In 2010 he formed the Dunedin Prison Charitable Trust with
the aim of buying the prison and converting it into a tourist
Mr Harvey said he saw the award as recognition not just for
himself, but for all those who worked towards preserving
''It's certainly a nice honour to be recognised, but my work
has relied on so many other very talented people.''
Ian Moffat Lindsay
Services to the Fire Service
Browns Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Ian Lindsay
(59) was ''humbled'' by the honour.
''It's an honour for the whole family, especially my wife ...
She's held the fort at home.''
He had been a member of the squad since 1975, served as
director, vice-president and president of the United Fire
Brigades' Association and is a trustee of its benevolent
Mr Lindsay became the Otago Southland Provincial Fire
Brigades' Association secretary in 1993, later serving as
president, and also spent 35 years as a competitor and judge
at firefighting competitions.
A sheep and deer farmer, he was also involved in the Winton
Agricultural and Pastoral Association as a director, and had
been marshal of the sheep section and involved in its
He had also been involved in the Browns Athletic Society
Services to the community
June Porter-Mills was reduced to tears when she heard she had
been honoured for her work with the Cancer Society.
''I was totally blown away by it all.''
She has worked for the society as a fundraiser since 1984
after first becoming involved in the charity through her
earlier broadcasting work.
''I'm absolutely passionate about it. I believe totally in
During her 28 years with the organisation Mrs Porter-Mills
(71) had initiated Dunedin's annual spring ball, increased
the scope of the Daffodil Day appeal and helped bring Relay
for Life to Otago and Southland.
At a national level she had worked on many specialist
committees and assisted with strategic development. She was
also the first woman to be inducted as a Rotarian at the
Rotary Club of Dunedin and was the first woman president, in
Mrs Porter-Mills was been a trustee and mentor at the East
Taieri Church from 2002-10.
Ian Peters Gladstone Roche
Services to lawn bowls
It was an emotional moment for 81-year-old Ian Roche when he
picked up the official letter of congratulation from the
Governor-General from his mail box 10 days ago.
''My hands were shaking. I'd never received a letter like
this before,'' he said.
''I sat dumbfounded when I showed the letter to my wife,
Mr Roche joined the Tainui Bowling Club in 1975 and for the
past 37 years has made a significant contribution to bowls
It started with his own club and the Dunedin Bowling Centre.
He was president of the centre in 1988 and led the committee
that joined the men's Dunedin Bowling Centre with the Otago
Women's Bowling Centre to form Bowls Dunedin. He has been
patron of Bowls Dunedin since 2009.
He has been a member of the New Zealand Bowling Association
since 1987 and was elected president for the 1993-94 season.
Mr Roche has promoted bowls to make the sport more meaningful
to a younger generation and was instrumental in introducing
the national paraplegic singles.