Service, courage acknowledged

Peter Williams.
Peter Williams.
Graham Panckhurst.
Graham Panckhurst.
Adrienne Stewart.
Adrienne Stewart.
Donald Rowland.
Donald Rowland.
Neville Jordan.
Neville Jordan.
Ian Athfield.
Ian Athfield.
Tariana Turia.
Tariana Turia.
Paul Collins.
Paul Collins.
Patrick Lynch.
Patrick Lynch.

An architect, a Pike River survivor and an unnamed warrior are among the New Zealanders winning accolades in the New Year Honours list.

There were no recipients this year of the country's most senior honour - the Order of New Zealand - but Prof Murray Brennan was made a Knight Grand Companion of the order, the second-highest honour, for his services to medicine.

Adrienne, Lady Stewart, will become Dame Adrienne Stewart after being made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit along with long-time politician Tariana Turia. Eight new knights have also been appointed.

As well as Sir Murray's appointment as a GNZM, Wellington architect Ian Athfield was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, along with Peter Williams, QC, one of New Zealand's best-known criminal lawyers, High Court judge Graham Panckhurst and educator Br Patrick Lynch.

Other Knights Companion of the Order of Merit are Sir Paul Collins, Sir Neville Jordan and Sir Donald Rowland.

Services to animal welfare were also recognised, with Dr Ross Blanks, a long-serving SPCA vet, made an Officer of the Order of Merit.

Lou Sanson, who served as Antarctica New Zealand's chief executive for a decade, was awarded the New Zealand Antarctic Medal.

In other honours announced today, the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration was awarded to five people, including ''Serviceman B'' whose name was withheld for security reasons. The soldier served in Afghanistan in 2011.

Former Pike River miner Daniel Rockhouse, who now lives in New South Wales, was awarded the New Zealand Bravery medal.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and former National MPs Tony Ryall and Eric Roy were also recognised.

Educators, community workers, sports people, police, politicians, farmers, firefighters and conservationists were also among the 182 people included in the 2015 New Year Honours.

- NZME

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