New Year Honours 2019

Congratulations to the alumni, staff and friends of the University who received New Year Honours in 2019.

Sir Robert McLeod, Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ms Luisa Avaiki
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby league

Ms Luisa Avaiki has been New Zealand Rugby League’s Well-being and Women’s Development Manager since 2016.

Professor Margaret Bedggood
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to human rights law

Professor Margaret Bedggood was a member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International from 1999 to 2005 and Chair of the Human Rights Foundation of New Zealand from 2001 to 2008.

Ms Carole Beu
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literary industry

Ms Carole Beu has supported the literary industry in New Zealand through voluntary activities and her bookshop in Auckland, The Women’s Bookshop, which she opened in 1989.

Dame Margaret Brimble
Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble has made world-class contributions to research in medicinal chemistry and has been a key driver of the creation of a nascent drug discovery and development industry in New Zealand.

Mr John Clark
The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community

Mr John Clark was Chairman of the Cornwall Park Trust Board from 2011 to 2017, having been a Trustee since 1991.

Associate Professor Andrew Connolly
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Associate Professor Andrew Connolly was appointed as Middlemore Hospital’s first specialist colorectal surgeon in 1997 and was sole colorectal surgeon there until 2002.

Mrs Lindsay Corban, JP
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to governance

Mrs Lindsay Corban has contributed to the governance of a range of organisations in the education and not-for-profit sectors.

Professor Peter Crampton
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and health sciences

Professor Peter Crampton has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor in Health Sciences at the University of Otago since 2011 and is recognised as a national leader in public health and health professional education and as a champion for social justice and reducing inequalities.

Ms Ingrid Culliford
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and education

Ms Ingrid Culliford is a musician and performs regularly on a voluntary basis for community fundraising events, has played a significant role in the revitalisation of the Chamber Music Whanganui, and chairs the Whanganui branch of the New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers.

Mrs Elizabeth Curtis
The Queen’s Service Medal for services to music

Mrs Elizabeth Curtis organised the Hawke’s Bay Young Musician of the Year competition from 2011 until 2017.

Mr John Elliott
The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community

Mr John Elliott founded the monthly Ponsonby Community Newsletter in 1989 to promote business and community interests in the Greater Ponsonby area and continues to write opinion editorials about local issues, identities and politics for the renamed Ponsonby News.

Mrs Sonia Faulkner
Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to Girl Guiding

Mrs Sonia Faulkner has been a leader in the New Zealand Girl Guiding movement since 1968.

Mrs Carmel Fisher
Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business

Ms Carmel Fisher founded Fisher Funds Management Limited in 1998 and as Managing Director has steered the company to become one of New Zealand’s largest investment management and KiwiSaver providers.

Ms Jacqueline Goodison (Ms Jackie Clark)
The Queen’s Service Medal for services to women

Ms Jackie Clark is the founder and leader of registered charity The Aunties, which was established in 2013 and whose primary focus is meeting the material needs of people using their services.

Mr Andrew Hamilton
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business

Mr Andy Hamilton has been instrumental in the development of the New Zealand entrepreneurial community.

Mrs Shirley Horrocks
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to documentary filmmaking

Ms Shirley Horrocks is a leader in documentary films on the arts in New Zealand and has directed and produced documentaries for 35 years.

Professor Alison Jones
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and sociology research

Professor Alison Jones teaches in Te Puna Wānanga, School of Maori and Indigenous Education, at the University of Auckland, and has worked for more than 30 years in the field of sociology of education.

Professor Peter Lineham
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to religious history and the community

Professor Peter Lineham is a leading historian of religion in New Zealand and is Regional Director of the College of Humanities at Massey University, Albany.

Miss Heidi Mardon
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to environmental education

Ms Heidi Mardon has been a driving force in the field of Environmental Education for Sustainability for more than 20 years.

Ms Mojo Mathers
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with disabilities

Ms Mojo Mathers served as the first deaf Member of Parliament in the New Zealand Parliament from 2011 to 2017.

Professor Tracey McIntosh
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and social science

Professor Tracey McIntosh is a social science researcher and academic leader whose research has focused on social inequality and the experience of prisoners, particularly of wahine Māori, within New Zealand.

Sir Robert McLeod
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and Māori

Mr Rob McLeod was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014 of Ernst and Young Oceania and retired as Chairman of Ernst and Young in 2015.

Dr Karlo Mila
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community and as a poet

Dr Karlo Mila is an award-winning poet who has also had an academic research career spanning more than 20 years, working within a range of public and international organisations.

Dr Arbutus Mitikulena

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and the Pacific community

Dr Arbutus Mitikulena co-founded the Niue Kaufakalataha Wellington Region Incorporated (NKWR Inc.) in 1997 and was responsible for drafting the Constitution of the group.

Dr Paula Morris

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature

Dr Paula Morris is an internationally successful author of 12 books for both adult and young adult audiences.

Dr Susan Morton
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to epidemiology and public health research

Dr Susan Morton is a Public Health Physician specialising in life course epidemiology and has been the Director and Principal Investigator for the contemporary longitudinal study ‘Growing Up in New Zealand’ since its development phase in 2005.

Emeritus Professor Tom Prebble
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to tertiary education

Emeritus Professor Tom Prebble has been committed to the accessibility of tertiary education throughout his career, with a particular focus on the field of Distance Education.

Sir Tim Shadbolt, JP
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government and the community

Mr Tim Shadbolt is the longest serving Mayor in New Zealand and an inspirational leader for both Invercargill and the Southern Region.

Dr Dianne Sharp
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Ophthalmology

Dr Dianne Sharp is an Ophthalmologist who founded Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) in 2009 to raise awareness and advocate for those with macular degeneration.

Miss Sharon Shea
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori health and development

Ms Sharon Shea has worked in the field of Māori health and Māori development for 20 years.

Dr Rob Stewart
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children with genetic immune deficiency disorders

Dr Rob Stewart was voluntary medical advisor to the KIDS Foundation, which supports families with children born with genetic immune deficiency disorders, from 1985 to 2001.

Mrs Andree Talbot
Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Plunket Society

Mrs Andrée Talbot has been involved with Plunket in governance roles since the late 1990s and served as National President from 2014 to 2017.

Ms Alison Thomson, JP
The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community
Miss Alison Thomson was President of the Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations from 2009 to 2011, having been a Board member between 2005 and 2013.

Sir Stephen Tindall
Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit services to business, the community, and the environment

Sir Stephen Tindall has contributed to the community, business, international trade and commerce, and the environment in New Zealand for more than 40 years.

Associate Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate and is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, specialising in Māori and Pacific Literary Studies and Creative Writing.

Ms Elizabeth Vaneveld
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to arts management

Ms Elisabeth Vaneeld is a pioneer in the fields of community cultural development and creative entrepreneurship.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication

Dr Siouxsie Wiles has been a microbiologist at the University of Auckland since 2009 and is head of the University’s Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab.