Otago Queen's Birthday Honours

Dougal Stevenson QSM at his Dunedin home  last week.   Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dougal Stevenson QSM at his Dunedin home last week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
An in-depth look at the Otago recipients of Queen's Birthday Honours

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Recognition for accomplished netball coach
Robyn Broughton
Services to netball

Netball coach Robyn Broughton has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the sport.

"I was very surprised ... It makes you feel very humble to think that people are thinking of you. It gives you a real buzz."

Mrs Broughton has been one of New Zealand's most successful coaches, since being appointed head coach of the Southern Sting when New Zealand's first franchise-based netball competition, the National Bank Cup, started in 1998.

Mrs Broughton took the team to the grand final every year, winning seven titles in 10 years.

When the ANZ Championship started in 2008, she was appointed head coach of the Southern Steel; a merger franchise between the Southern Sting and Otago Rebels.

The following year, she oversaw one of the biggest upsets in international netball history, when she coached a touring World 7 side to a shock 52-43 win over Australia in Adelaide.

In 2010, she coached the FastNet Ferns development team to the 2010 World Netball Series, beating a full-strength England in the final.

Mrs Broughton was appointed head coach of the Wellington Central Pulse at the start of this season, is a national selector and still coaches the Verdon College netball team in Invercargill, which she has done since 1983.

Mrs Broughton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, for services to netball and the community. - Nigel Benson

Nigel Latta
Services to psychology

Former Dunedin clinical psychologist Nigel Latta has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to psychology.

The Oamaru-born Auckland resident, who lived in Dunedin for about six years until January 2011, has been a clinical and forensic psychologist for almost two decades and was appointed as an independent panelist on the review of the anti-smacking law in 2009.

He was a commentator on and promoter of the findings of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit Study, and has become known through his television programmes aimed at helping parents deal with children and teenagers.

Mr Latta said it was extremely humbling to be recognised, particularly as there were so many people in New Zealand doing positive work in their respective fields.

"The nicest thing about the job is when families come along and you suggest things which make the situation better, or when I get emails from people saying something I did or said was really helpful," he said.

Mr Latta (44) studied at the University of Otago, completing a bachelor of science in zoology and a master of science in marine science.

He began studying clinical psychology at the University of Auckland in 1991 and graduated with a master of philosophy with first class honours in psychology, and a postgraduate diploma in clinical psychology.

He will be in Dunedin during the International Science Festival, beginning June 30.

- Rosie Manins

Queen's Service Medal
Dougal Stevenson
Services to broadcasting

Veteran Dunedin broadcaster Dougal Stevenson has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to broadcasting.

"I got a letter from Government House and my first thought was: 'I'm going to be deported'," Mr Stevenson joked at his St Leonards home on Friday.

"But I am chuffed about it. I thought it was wonderful and wondered who nominated me.

How nice of someone to think to nominate me and how nice the Government agreed. It's also rather fun to get this on the weekend the Queen's 60th jubilee celebrations are starting," he said.

Mr Stevenson (69) presented New Zealand's first live network news broadcast at 7.35pm on November 3, 1969.

"It has been a varied career.

I started as a 24-year-old pink-faced boy, so you assumed the gravitas you thought you needed. When we did broadcasts in the 1960s, it was palpably a colonial version of the BBC.

"You had to be precise, accurate and give vowels their correct length. I've always said you have to treat the viewers with respect, because you're there for them. I miss respect for the spoken word, because it goes hand in hand with respect for the viewer."

Jan Bryce Anderson
Services to education

There was a mix of emotions when former Otago Girls' High School principal Jan Anderson found out she had been awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

"It's a total surprise. It never crossed my mind that someone would nominate me for this award.

"I'm embarrassed, but thrilled.

"I know how much hard work so many other people do in the community. I'm humbled that I've been singled out," she said.

Mrs Anderson was principal at Otago Girls' High School from 1995-2012 and has been involved in secondary education for more than 40 years.

She has encouraged the adoption of technology and innovative teaching methods.

For more than 10 years, she was on the management committees of London House and the Phoenix Centre, off-site educational facilities supporting pupils from Dunedin secondary schools.

She has had a long involvement with the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand as an executive officer, and the Otago Secondary Principals' Association as a member and past president.

She was also a member of the Literacy Reference Group and the Retirement Commission.

Between 2007 and 2010, she was a member of the International Successful School Principalship Project.

Joyce Beck
Services to the community

Joyce Beck plays an active part in the Kaitangata community but says she is only a part of several great teams in the area.

"I've been involved in the community for years - I was born and bred here. But I'm only part of a team in each of these groups."

The people in Kaitangata were friendly and quick to "pull together" in an emergency, she said.

Mrs Beck has been the principal of Kaitangata Primary School since 1990, and has taught at the school for almost her entire teaching career.

"I'm a passionate teacher, I just love it. Each day is different and the children are lovely .. . I enjoy the school life and have a very supportive staff."

She provides coaching for young people with reading difficulties and supervised the planning and construction of the new gymnasium and hall for the school.

She is also an elder of the Kaitangata-Stirling-Lovells Flat presbyterian parish, and helped organise the construction of the church at Kaitangata.

She organises strengthening families meetings with organisations including Child, Youth and Family, Women's Refuge, Police Youth Aid, and health camps.

She also assists community corrections with placements.

Mrs Beck said she was looking forward to the start of a mobile dental service at the school, expected this month, after she lobbied for the service.

She was recently appointed a Justice of the Peace, and was the former chairwoman of the Black Gold Heritage Museum, remaining a committee member.

"If it wasn't for my husband Syd, I couldn't do all these things. He's very supportive.

"I'm still a bit shocked to be awarded a Queen's Service Medal."

Garrick Albert Dumble
Services to the community

Dunedin-born Garrick Dumble, a long-time trustee for the Mountain View Village Trust, said he was "blown away" with the honour, and added it had been a pleasure to help build the retirement village and live there.

He now helps Timaru residents with housing and general concerns.

He has received numerous awards from the Lions Club International Foundation and the Timaru Suburban Lions, in addition to being a life member of the Caversham Harriers Club.

Sr Marie Annie Fitzpatrick
Services to the community

Leaving New Zealand aged 20 to care for the elderly wherever her faith called her has taken Sr Marie Fitzpatrick throughout the world and back home to Otago in the past 75 years.

That dedication to caring for the elderly, many of whom are younger than her, and her fellow Little Sisters of the Poor has been recognised with a Queen's Service Medal.

"I was amazed. I feel I don't merit the award," the 98-year-old said.

While she had reluctantly slowed down in recent years, she still helped residents with their meals at the sisters' rest-home in Brockville.

From Arrowtown, she joined the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1933 and began her overseas journey in Australia aged 20.

Sr Marie went to Shanghai in 1936, a year before the Japanese invaded and the 350 elderly and the sisters became prisoners in their compound for a month with bombs falling around them.

She moved to France in 1940 during the World War 2 and was taken prisoner along with 132 other sisters believed to be British spies.

"It was very tough. Day by day is the only way." Sr Marie returned to China, to Canton, where "we lost everything under communist rule".

She spent 10 years in Sri Lanka before returning to New Zealand 29 years after she left.

She was mother superior of a Little Sisters rest-home in Andersons Bay, Dunedin, in the 1960s and the Brockville home from 1975 to 1981 and has worked at other homes throughout the country.

Alison Macaulay Linscott
Services to the community

Alison Linscott, who is a life member of the Plunket Society and an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, said she was surprised to be given the QSM.

"I have not been doing anything more than a lot of other people are doing," the Timaru resident said.

She has been involved with community services and has been a supporter of Presbyterian Women for 45 years.

She is also a founding member of the church's Big Buddy scheme.

Yeverley McCarthy
Lake Hawea
Services to the community

Receiving the Queen's Service Medal is "a 'we' thing, not an 'I' thing", Hawea Flat woman Yeverley McCarthy says.

"I'm just very proud to be able to achieve the honour, but also achieve it on behalf of my family and all the other people who have helped me on my journey.

"When you get an award like this it's not just for yourself, it's something that I think rubs off on the community, too."

Mrs McCarthy became the foundation chairwoman of the Holy Family Catholic School and its building committee after the Diocese of Dunedin bought land to construct a primary school in Wanaka in 2004.

After the school was opened in 2006, which was "probably the pinnacle of the things I have done" and "my biggest walk of faith", she chaired the board of trustees until this year and is still a proprietor's representative on the board.

She has been involved with the Wanaka Catholic church since 1978 as cantor and organist, and chaired a building committee for the Holy Family Catholic Church, which opened in 2011.

The first Aspiring Art Award in 2008 was organised by Mrs McCarthy and she continues to oversee the event.

She joined the Upper Clutha Agricultural and Pastoral Society in 1979 and has co-ordinated the Fashion in the Field event for the society's shows, and played an integral role in revamping the home industry section.

She is a past president of the Upper Clutha Plunket Society, Hawea Flat Play Group and Wanaka Golf Club. She was on the inaugural Hawea Flat School board of trustees, which she later chaired, and in 2009, she opened the Serendipity charity shop to raise funds for Wanaka groups and families in need.

Senior Sergeant Richard Oliver McPhail
Services to the New Zealand Police and the community

Senior Sergeant Richard McPhail has worked in some of the most difficult circumstances and places in the world after major natural disasters.

That included New Zealand, where he established, mobilised and managed the mortuary following Christchurch's major earthquakes.

"Working at home, it was great to be able to offer some service to the country and do the best you can for the families," Eastern Southland sub-area supervisor Snr Sgt McPhail (46) said.

A policeman of 26 years and a "born and bred Southlander", he felt privileged to be awarded the Queen's Service Medal.

It was a tribute to the search and rescue volunteers and senior members of the police he had worked with and learnt from through the years.

"It has held me in good stead," he said.

He is described as having demonstrated high standards of leadership, composure and professionalism in difficult circumstances at national and international level.

Since 1999, Snr Sgt McPhail has been the officer in charge of Southland's search and rescue squad and the incident commander.

In 2003, he was selected as a member of the New Zealand Police national disaster victim identification unit.

"I work with a great bunch of guys, some very special people." As a member of the team, he has been deployed to Thailand, the Solomon Islands and Australia.

His work has been recognised with the New Zealand operational medal in 2006, the special service medal (Asian tsunami) in 2005 and the good conduct medal and clasp in 2000 and 2006.

He also received the Police Commissioner's commendation for work on two fatal aircraft crash recovery operations in Fiordland in 1999.

James Harding Crosby Morris
Services to the community

Conservationist and charity fundraiser James Morris was awarded the QSM after a book of poems published to raise money for the Cancer Society and a CD released to raise money for Age concern raised almost $200,000.

Mr Morris said the honour had come as a "big surprise".

"It is quite humbling of course to know people think you deserve something like that." He also teaches outdoor and work skills in a voluntary capacity.

He his book of poems, which has sold more than 15,000 copies had been inspired by the death of his first wife.

"People got in behind it and they buy it for the right reasons, but I never though it would go anywhere like this."

Susan Stevens
For services to the community

Susan Stevens, who was not able to be contacted, was appointed as the Gibbston Community Association secretary after joining the association in 2000, before being appointed its chairwoman in 2006.

During her time in that role, Mrs Stevens facilitated the construction of the Gibbston River Trail, officially opened in 2010, among other community projects.

She has contributed hundreds of hours towards the raising of $1.4 million in funding, co-ordinating workers and experts and physically helping to establish the trail.

In conjunction with the Department of Conservation and the Historic Places Trust, she helped restore the Rum Currie Reserve.

She organised clean-up days for the Gibbston Community, oversaw the Gibbston Harvest Festival and instigated a rubbish drop-off facility, rest areas, a cricket oval and a community reserve.

In 2011, the Gibbston community was named the New Zealand Community of the Year.

Mrs Stevens is working to establish the Grateful Citizens Society Charitable Trust to continue asset development and heritage preservation in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Verna Elizabeth Stevens
Services to the Returned and Services Association and the community

Nearly 20 years of assisting returned service personnel and their widows by Returned Services Association stalwart Verna Stevens has been rewarded with a Queen's Service Medal.

Mrs Stevens (78) said she was in "absolute shock" at the news.

"I enjoy what I'm doing, that is why I do it."

She has been associated with the Gore District Memorial RSA since 1978, did "two stints" as chairwoman in the 1980s, and formed its welfare group in 1993.

She helps service personnel fill in applications for war pensions, visits people and provides food.

"It's very rewarding when you hear they have got a wee bit more. Pensioners today find it very hard."

She now has a team of nine people who help her in the work, which includes organising midwinter lunches every month during winter for about 120 people.

Her work has been recognised with a Gore RSA life membership and a RSA national merit badge, both in 2004.

She was also the residents' delegate during the formation of Gore's multisport complex.

"I made many a fruit cake for fundraising."

She has been a member of the senior citizens' choir for about 21 years, and enjoys performing with them at rest-homes.

Mark Weldon
Services to the community and business

Mark Weldon (44) took leave from his role as chief executive at the New Zealand stock exchange (NZX) to lead the Government's earthquake appeal, which raised $100 million for the Christchurch community.

He was appointed as the Prime Minister's personal representative on the Government's earthquake appeal trust.

Despite his successful professional career leading NZX from 2002 until earlier this year, he said "those are the things that are going to live with me more than the day job".

Mr Weldon, who represented New Zealand as a swimmer at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and the 1992 Olympics, has served on the boards of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and High Performance Sport.

He has been has been involved with the Capital Market's Development Taskforce, Tax Working Group, Climate Change Leadership Forum and chaired the prime minister's Job Summit.

Last October, he and his wife, Sarah Eliott, bought Olssens Vineyard in Bannockburn.

Mr Weldon said he was "definitely not expecting" an honour.

"I was quite taken aback ... it makes you think a bit."

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Prolific author feeling 'lucky'
Owen Marshall Jones,Timaru
For services to literature

Twelve years after receiving the ONZM honour, former Waitaki Boys High School teacher and deputy rector Owen Marshall said he felt "a bit lucky" to have been awarded the higher CNZM honour in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mr Jones, who now lives in Timaru, has been a full-time writer since receiving the Burns Fellowship from the University of Otago in 1992, has published more than 24 books, much of which have been focused on provincial life in New Zealand, and his novel Harlequin Rex won the 2000 Deutz Medal for fiction at the Montana Book Awards.

He said it was an "honour and a pleasure" to receive the CNZM.

"I certainly think it is as much due to the support and encouragement I have had from other people, especially my wife, than it is for my own work."

Prof Peter Donald Graham Skegg
For services to medical law

An international leader in medical law was "amazed and delighted" to have his work recognised by becoming a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

University of Otago professor of law Peter Skegg received the honour and was particularly pleased that his citation made specific reference to medical law.

"Almost 40 years ago, I was the first academic in the Commonwealth to adopt that term.

When I was first appointed to a lectureship at Oxford, I was one of only two academics in the United Kingdom who specialised in the field.

"There are now hundreds of academics working in this area," he said.

Prof Skegg has worked at the University of Otago since 1984, before which he spent 15 years at the University of Oxford.

His 1985 book Law, Ethics and Medicine was recognised as the first major work on the subject in the Commonwealth, and the 2006 textbook he co-edited, Medical Law in New Zealand, was the first major work on medical law in the country.

Prof Skegg was also instrumental in setting up the masters of bioethics and health law course at Otago, has served on several international editorial boards, and advised government agencies, health organisations, and medical societies on medico-legal issues.

His work in the field has been described as setting the highest possible standards in medical law scholarship and he believed Dunedin was an "especially good place" for such work.

Prof Skegg said the "greatest pleasure" of his academic life, though, was "guiding undergraduates with the research papers" in his law and medicine course.

"I was amazed and delighted to receive the offer of a Companionship of the New Zealand Order of Merit," he said.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Just wanted to do something for the community
Fiona Campbell
For services to art philanthropy

Art philanthropist Fiona Campbell says she is driven by an "overwhelming feeling" that once the basic necessities in life are taken care of, good fortune is better shared than stockpiled.

"Once you've got yourself and your family housed and fed and educated, then any other money is kind of a bit wasted if it's just sitting there or buying toys and stuff ...

"I just wanted to do something important for the community and give back," the Wanaka-based former graphic designer and glass-caster said.

Ms Campbell (40) was a small investor in Sam Morgan's Trade Me internet auction site, which sold in 2006 for $750 million.

After parting with her shares, she bought $1.8 million worth of art and formed the Real Art Charitable Trust in 2006.

The trust runs a purpose-built truck that travels throughout New Zealand and exhibits the art works freely to schools and small communities.

The mobile gallery has already been seen by 150,000 pupils.

The trust also helps artists and galleries by contributing to the costs of catalogue production, promotion and prizes, as well as staffing.

In 2009, Ms Campbell was the supreme winner of the NBR Sponsorship of the Arts Award.

She was appointed a board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 2010.

She said she was "stoked" to be included in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

"I'm really thrilled. It's a big honour. I've been doing this project now for six years and it's a nice appreciation, really."


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