Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

Congratulations to the alumni, staff and friends of the University who received Queen's Birthday honours in 2018.

Emeritus Professor Charmian O’Connor, Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Dr Mary Ballantyne

The Queen’s Service Medal for services to women's and children's health

Dr Mary Ballantyne became a partner of Te Awamutu Medical Centre in 1981 and established a busy general practice predominantly caring for women and children.

Professor Spencer Beasley

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to paediatrics

Professor Spencer Beasley is President of the New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons and former President of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons.

Ms Kristina Cavit

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

Ms Kristina Cavit is the founder and Director of The Kindness Institute (TKI) and has spent the past eight years working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in New Zealand and around the world.

Associate Professor Bronwen Connor

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the treatment of neurological disorders

Associate Professor Bronwen Connor is a neuropharmacologist whose research has developed new protective and regenerative treatments to combat neurological diseases and brain injury.

Mrs Jocelyn Cooney

The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community

Mrs Jocelyn Cooney has supported a range of community organisations in Cambridge using her professional legal expertise in Trustee and Honorary Solicitor voluntary roles.

The Right Honourable Sir Simon William English

Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State

The Right Honourable William English was the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 2016 to October 2017, during which time he focused on trade relations, the development of social investment, and new ways of the Crown working with Māori.

Associate Professor Janet Fanslow

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the research and prevention of family violence

Dr Janet Fanslow is an Associate Professor in the section of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health.

Mr Rodger Haines

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to refugee and human rights law

Mr Rodger Haines was one of the original appointees to the newly-formed Refugee Status Appeal Authority in 1991 and remained a member until its disestablishment in 2010, serving as Deputy Chair from 1994 onwards.

Dame Winnie Laban

Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the Pacific community

The Honourable Luamanuvao Winnie Laban was appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2010 and has since provided strategic advice, direction and support for Pacific students and staff, increasing enrolments and raising Pacific achievement.

Mrs Dorothy McCarrison

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to counselling and restorative justice

Mrs Dorothy McCarrison was a member of the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice pilot programme in 2001 and for the past four years since her retirement from the Education Review Office has worked as a Family Violence specialist, facilitating more than 50 family violence cases in the past year alone.

Dr John McGettigan

The Queen’s Service Medal for services to rural health

Dr John McGettigan has been a General Practitioner for the Methven community for 40 years.

Mrs Carol Ngawati

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport, education and Māori

Mrs Carol Ngawati co-founded the Waitakere Māori Touch and Māori Touch New Zealand organisations in 1998 and has since focused on developing and promoting Māori achievement through the medium of touch rugby.

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dermatology.

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley is a dermatologist who founded DermNet NZ in 1995, now the world’s most popular online resource for skin health, where she continues as Editor in Chief.

Associate Professor Michael O’Brien

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to social policy and education

Associate Professor Michael O’Brien is a leading social policy academic who has taught in social work programmes for 38 years and contributed to the wellbeing of children and families through a range of roles.

Emeritus Professor Charmian O’Connor

Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and chemistry

Emeritus Professor Charmian O’Connor is internationally recognised for her contributions to chemistry and education.

Ms Wendy Preston

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to performing arts and youth

Ms Preston is a teacher, choreographer, director and producer with 38 years of leadership in creative community development.

Ms Deborah Smith

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children and art

Ms Deborah Smith is a respected photographer who has been active since 1985 and has been involved in advocacy and advisory roles within the wider arts community.

Ms Faye Sumner

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the medical technology sector

Mrs Faye Sumner has been Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) since 2000 and has contributed to medical industry development in New Zealand for 30 years.

Reverend Setaita Veikune

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

Reverend Setaita Veikune became the first Pacific minister to superintend an English-speaking multicultural synod, the Manukau Synod, of the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 2006.

Mr Jonathan Wilkinson

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

Mr Jonny Wilkinson founded and is CEO of the Tiaho Trust, a disabled-led organisation that provides information and empowerment services to Northland’s disabled community, and has overseen its development.