New Year Honours for alumni and staff

27 January 2016

Our congratulations go to the many alumni, staff and friends of the University who received New Year Honours earlier this month.  

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Professor Lesley McCowan, who was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Professor Max Abbott, CNZM

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, science and education

Professor Abbott has been the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences since 1991 and is a Pro Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology (AUTMrs Victoria Carter, CNZM

Mrs Victoria Carter

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts, business and the community.

Mrs Victoria Carter has been Chair of the Auckland Arts Festival since 1999, previously a bi-annual and now a permanent annual event, helping the Festival to attract international artists and provide a platform for local artists.

Professor Ian Civil, MBE, ED

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Professor Ian Civil was appointed a Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1992 and has since continued to serve the medical profession.  Mr Neil Craig

Mr Neil Craig

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.

Mr Neil Craig founded Craig’s Investment Partners in 1983 and has contributed to a range of organisations as a director or in a philanthropic capacity.

Dr Joanne Dixon

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to clinical genetics

Dr Joanne Dixon has advocated for a national genetic service that would allow families across New Zealand with inherited disease to have access to a consistent level of care and advice. The national Genetic Health Service New Zealand was formally established in 2012 and she is serving as the inaugural national director.

Mr Roger France

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

Mr Roger France has made a significant contribution to New Zealand businesses for more than 40 years.  He was also Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 2009 to 2012 and is a Trustee of the University of Auckland Foundation and the Dilworth Trust Board.

Mr Ross Frisby

Awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to football

Mr Ross Frisby has been the Junior Convenor of the Birkenhead United Football Club for more than 15 years, managing three tournaments per year and overseeing more than 60 coaches and 850 players from five years of age up to 17 years.

Professor David Gauld

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

Professor David Gauld has been Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland for more than 15 years and has been one of New Zealand’s leading academics in the field of mathematics for more than 40 years.

Mr Robin Hapi

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori, the community and governance

Mr Robin Hapi has made a leadership and governance contribution to a number of sectors in New Zealand.

Mr Peter Hays

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

Mr Peter Hays has provided governance, management and reporting support to companies and charities.  Mr Hays has been a member of the Auckland War Memorial Trust Board for the past seven years, and is currently its Deputy Chair.

Mr Colin Hemmingsen

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

Mr Colin Hemmingsen has contributed to music for more than 50 years and was a Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music for 21 years.

Mr Kevin Hickman

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to aged care and sport

Mr Kevin Hickman was the co-Founder of the Ryman Healthcare Group of Companies and was the joint Managing Director of Ryman Heathcare, New Zealand’s largest rest home and retirement villages operator with 26 villages throughout the country, from 1984 to 2002, and sole Managing Director until 2006.

Mr Christopher Liddell

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy

Mr Christopher Liddell is an internationally recognised businessman who has been CFO for Microsoft, Vice Chairman and CFO of General Motors, CEO of Carter Holt Harvey, joint CEO of First Boston New Zealand and is the current Chairman of Xero. Mr Liddell was also patron of the University of Auckland’s ‘Leading the Way’ Campaign.

Mr Tim Livingstone

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

Mr Tim Livingstone has been a partner in the Chartered Accountancy practice of UHY Haines Norton (Auckland) Ltd for 30 years, and has been instrumental in developing the firm into a six partner practice with more than 40 staff.

Mr Peter Masfen

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy

Mr Peter Masfen was a director and Chairman of Montana Wines Ltd for 30 years, during which time it became New Zealand’s largest wine producer, vineyard owner and exporter.

Mr John Matthews

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and engineering

Mr John Matthews is the Governing Director of the Technix Group of Companies and a Director of Waireka Property Ltd.   He has served as Chairman of the Save the Taranaki Opera House Committee and Chair of the Len Lye Foundation.

Dr John Mayhew

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sports medicine

Dr John Mayhew has provided medical advice across a range of sports and was the first medical appointee to a specific sports team (the All Blacks), paving the way for other elite teams to recognise the value of using in-house medical knowledge to help elite athletes improve their performance.

Professor Lesley McCowan

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Professor Lesley McCowan has been Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland since 2009. Professor McCowan is a sub-specialist in maternal-fetal medicine at National Women’s Health, and her main clinical interests are in management of high risk pregnancies.

Mr Malcolm Rands

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, conservation, and philanthropy

Mr Malcolm Rands has been involved in sustainable business practice and has volunteered and worked in the arts, culture and community development fields.

Mrs Paula Rebstock

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

Ms Paula Rebstock was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for public services. Ms Rebstock was appointed to the Board of ACC in 2011 and appointed Chair a year later. She is Deputy Chair of KiwiRail Holdings and a Director of Auckland Transport.

Mr John Taylor

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

Mr John Taylor is currently Senior Advancement Consultant to the University of Auckland, having retired as Director of Alumni Relations and Development after directing the University’s successful ‘Leading the Way’ campaign which raised more than $200 million.

Mr John Waller

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community

Mr John Waller has been active in high profile business in New Zealand since 1975. Mr Waller has contributed his experience to numerous roles, including appointments from the Registrar of Companies to administer corporate failures affecting investors in circumstances where there were insufficient funds to allow for paid professional help.