Congratulations to the alumni, staff and friends of the University who received New Year honours in 2017.
Mr Richard Aitken
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and engineering
Mr Richard Aitken is an influential and respected engineer and business leader who has been Executive Director of Beca Group Limited for almost 40 years. Mr Aitken has recently been appointed Chairman of the Board of Te Punaha Matatini, a newly established National Centre of research excellence hosted by the University of Auckland.
Ms Alison Ballance
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to natural history, filmmaking and broadcasting
Ms Alison Ballance is a zoologist and science communicator who has attained a high profile in New Zealand natural history, conservation and environmentalism through publishing numerous books, producing television documentaries and her involvement in conservation initiatives.
Ms Naomi Ballantyne
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the insurance industry
Ms Naomi Ballantyne has had a 34 year career in the New Zealand life insurance industry and has been responsible for the establishment of the three largest and most successful Life Insurance Companies in New Zealand, namely Sovereign, OnePath Life and Partners Life.
Ms Jacquie Bay
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and education
Ms Jacquie Bay is founding Director of LENScience, an innovative science education programme established in 2006 that creates opportunities for schools and scientists to work together to promote the development of scientific literacy and enable the translation of scientific knowledge into community understanding. She leads research at the Liggins Institute looking at the role of science education collaborations in improving youth and adult health.
Judge Charles Blackie, VRD
Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the judiciary and the community
Judge Charles Blackie was appointed a District Court Judge in 1998 and has served the majority of his 18 years at Manukau District Court.
Mr Joel Bolton
Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to music
Mr Joel Bolton founded and conducts the Greenhill Orchestra, a community orchestra in Nelson now in its 25th year, as well as a Junior and Senior Youth Orchestra of which he has been Director since 2008.
Mr Alan Dormer
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the law
Mr Alan Dormer has practised law in the fields of resource management, local government and liquor licensing and since the introduction of the Resource Management Act in 1991 he has applied himself to ensuring that those in local government understood the workings and implication of the ever changing legislation.
Distinguished Professor Richard Faull, ONZM
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medical research
Distinguished Professor Richard Faull has been involved with the University of Auckland for 38 years, during which time he has established an international reputation for his innovative ground-breaking research studies on the normal and diseased human brain, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neuron diseases. In 2009 Professor Faull established and was appointed inaugural director of the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) to promote new treatments and facilitate research interactions between brain research groups at the University of Auckland, clinicians in Auckland Hospitals and community organisations.
Mr Derek Firth
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to arbitration and education
Mr Derek Firth has been President of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and serves on various AMINZ Panels and Committees. He has served the wider community as a member on various boards, including the Confucius Institute of New Zealand.
Ms Jenny Gill
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to philanthropy
Ms Jenny Gill is the CEO of Foundation North, formerly the ASB Community Trust, a community trust with more than $1.1 billion in assets which distributes grants of more than $40 million annually to community projects in the Auckland and Northland regions.
The Honourable Phil Goff
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament
The Honourable Phil Goff has been the Member of Parliament for Mount Roskill and was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party from November 2008 to December 2011.
Dr Paula Green
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a poet and to literature
Dr Paula Green is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded poets and has supported New Zealand literature for more than 30 years.
Mrs Madeline Gunn
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education
Mrs Madeline Gunn retired in 2015 after eight years as Principal of Epsom Girls Grammar School (EGGS) and following many years of teaching in the Auckland region. She has previously been Leadership and Futures Thinking Facilitator with Team Solutions at the University of Auckland, and Director of the School Leadership Centre at the University’s Faculty of Education.
Professor Robert Jahnke
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art and education
Professor Robert Jahnke has been involved in education for more than 30 years as a teacher, researcher, writer and art practitioner, and is a leader in Māori arts education nationally and indigenous art education internationally.
Mr Peter Kiely
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand's interests in the Pacific and the law
Mr Peter Kiely is the Senior Partner at Kiely Thompson Caisley, an employment and constitutional Auckland law firm, and has had a long association and commitment to promoting New Zealand’s interests in the Pacific and fostering growth and business in the region.
Ms Lois Livingston
(Deceased. This award took effect on 19 November 2016; Her Majesty's approval having been signified before the date of Ms Livingston's death.)
The Queen's Service Medal for services to local government and the arts
Ms Lois Livingston has been a Waikato Regional Councillor since 1991 and has contributed to arts and culture, and preservation of the environment and heritage in the Waikato region.
Mrs Catherine Macdonald
The Queen's Service Medal for services to music
Mrs Catherine Macdonald is a London-trained opera singer who has played a significant role in the musical life of Gisborne for more than 40 years.
Mrs Judith Macready
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to hospice care
Mrs Judith Macready has contributed more than 25 years of service to the development of palliative care in the Auckland region.
Dr David Mitchell
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education
Dr David Mitchell is a world leader in the field of inclusive education and has held a wide range of international appointments, including various visiting professor and research fellow appointments, speaker at a range of international conferences, and various UNESCO consultancies.
Dr William Randall
Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to museum governance
Dr William Randall has been a member of the Auckland Museum Trust Board since 2001 and has been Chairman since 2009.
Mr Paul Rose
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to ophthalmology and optometry
Mr Paul Rose is an optometrist who designed the RoseK contact lens and fitting system for patients with keratoconus.
Mr Michael Stanley
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport
Mr Michael Stanley has been President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee since 2009 and represents New Zealand at meetings of the Oceania National Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the Commonwealth Games Federation.
The Reverend Peter Sykes
The Queen's Service Medal for services to the community
The Reverend Peter Sykes played a key role in the founding of the Mangere East Family Service Centre in 1993 and has been CEO since inception.
Mr David Williams, QC
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to international law and international arbitration
Mr David Williams has been recognised as one of the top international arbitrators in the world and has been an arbitrator in more than 150 international arbitrations.
For more details on the recipients, please visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.