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Former All Black and Crusaders legend Dan Carter has joined the Auckland Blues.

Today the Blues confirmed the signing of Carter as injury cover for the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa season. 

The 38-year-old will join the side as cover for Stephen Perofeta. He is out indefinitely with a foot injury. 

Carter has one of the best Super Rugby record, having spent 12 years with the Crusaders where he won three Super Rugby titles in 2005, 06, and 08. 

Current Blues coach Leon MacDonald and Carter played alongside each other for Canterbury, the Crusaders and the All Blacks. 

The three-time World Rugby Player of the Year left New Zealand after playing a key role in the All Blacks’ 2015 World Cup victory. He went to France’s Racing 92, then Japan’s Kobelco Steelers.

If ever there was a time that children needed the escape of stories, 2020 is it. Today’s announcement of the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults reveals an abundance of incredible storytelling for Kiwi kids to immerse themselves in.

The finalist books open their pages to make room for lots of much-needed joy, says convenor of judges Jane Arthur.

“They offer children whole worlds to explore and lose themselves in, which is crucial when there is so much uncertainty in their own. There are ponies, spies, communities, myths and, always, a quest for identity – both our country’s and the characters’.”

The diversity of the names on the shortlist speaks to the depth of talent in New Zealand, from debut writers whose work already shines, through to the country’s most esteemed heavyweights like Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop. There are bestselling superstars, such as Donovan Bixley and Stacy Gregg, and authors more known for their work for adults, including former New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Damien Wilkins.

Children are also well served by books that shine a light on the world around them and help them make sense of it.

“They might be creating books for children, but our authors and illustrators are unafraid to tackle difficult topics – big things like the unhappy impact of colonisation on tangata whenua and nature, New Zealand’s place in the Pacific, puberty, racism and abuse,” says Jane.

Despite the challenging times, innovative approaches will connect children with the finalist books and authors – this year’s winners’ announcements will be streamed online, so anyone, anywhere will be able to enjoy the celebration.

The normal schedule of Books Alive events, which see finalists traverse the country talking to school children, will go mostly virtual, allowing even more children to interact with their favourite author or illustrator. The Award’s organisers will partner with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) to present a series of virtual Books Alive storytimes and events. Plus, an activity booklet packed with fun resources to extend children’s interaction with the finalist titles will be released online.

There were a record 178 entries submitted for the Awards this year.  The winners of each of the six main categories – Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustration and te reo Māori – take home $7,500 and are then in the running to be named the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, with a further $7,500 prize money. In addition, the judges will award a Best First Book prize of $2,000 to a previously unpublished author or illustrator. 

The first of the categories is the Picture Book Award where the finalist books, though diverse in content, present a special combination of excellent text and evocative illustrations. The judges felt the titles all have a playfulness and sense of fun, which while important to readers of any age, is particularly essential to engage young children.

The judges found the titles vying for the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award were written, edited and produced with exceptional finesse and expertise leading to an eclectic shortlist of books that reflect the past and have an eye on the future.

The top contenders for the Young Adult Fiction Award this year don’t shy away from the ‘adult’ element, with titles that not only grapple with mature themes but do so in a way that doesn’t talk down to teenage readers. Ideas of belonging, otherness and survival through adversity (triumphant or not) speak meaningfully to readers.

The Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award showcases a broad selection of Aotearoa-centred content brought to life with bright and vibrant illustrations. The judges say this was an outstandingly strong category, with the finalists chosen for the bold execution of their concepts, which engage the reader emotionally.

In the Russell Clark Illustration Award a wide range of styles and talents are on show in the finalists, who use either digital or watercolour media to create sometimes humorous, sometimes evocative and always stunning results.

The Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for books written entirely in te reo Māori has books that explore the uncomfortable, encourage the normal and relax into the different. But most of all the judges found they have a special glow, encompassing stories that keep the heart warm.

Finally, this year’s finalists for the Best First Book Award perfectly showcase the strength of New Zealand’s emerging talent.

The formidable task of narrowing the field to a list of finalists was met by this year’s experienced judging panel: Jane Arthur (convenor) is an editor, writer and poet; Alan Dingley, an intermediate school librarian; Briar Lawry, a bookseller, writer and editor; Steph Matuku (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa, Te Ati Awa), who writes stories for young people for the stage, page, radio and screen; and Charlotte McKay, a specialist children’s bookseller.

They were joined by a panel appointed by Te Rōpū Whakahau, the national body that represents Māori engaged in Libraries, Culture, Knowledge, Information, Communication and Systems Technology in Aotearoa, to judge te reo Māori entries. Moana Munro (convenor), kaitiakipukapuka Māori for Hastings District Libraries, leads the panel for the third year; Cellia Joe-Olsen is the Tumuaki Tuakana or Immediate Past President of Te Rōpū Whakahau; and Francis Leaf, a 2019 recipient of the Robyn Hakopa Te Reo Māori award for promoting te reo and tikanga within the library profession.

The winners of the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced in a virtual presentation, streamed online on the evening of Wednesday 12 August.

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults are made possible through the generosity, commitment and vision of funders and sponsors: Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, the Wright Family Foundation, LIANZA, Wellington City Council and Nielsen Book. The Awards are administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.

The finalists for the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are:

Picture Book Award
Abigail and the Birth of the Sun, Matthew Cunningham, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins (Penguin Random House)

How Māui Slowed the Sun, written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley (advised and translated by Dr Darryn Joseph and Keri Opai) (Upstart Press)

Mini Whinny: Goody Four Shoes, Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul (Scholastic NZ)

Santa’s Worst Christmas, Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Huia Publishers)

The Gobbledegook Book, Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson (Gecko Press)

Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

#Tumeke!, Michael Petherick (Massey University Press)

Lizard’s Tale, Weng Wai Chan (Text Publishing)

Miniwings Book 6 Moonlight the Unicorn’s High Tea Hiccup, Sally Sutton, illustrated by Kirsten Richards (Scholastic NZ)

Prince of Ponies, Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins Publishers)

Time Machine and other stories, Melinda Szymanik (The Cuba Press)

Young Adult Fiction Award

Afakasi woman, Lani Wendt Young (OneTree House)

Aspiring, Damien Wilkins (Massey University Press)

The History Speech, Mark Sweet (Huia Publishers)

Ursa, Tina Shaw (Walker Books Australia)

Wynter’s Thief, Sherryl Jordan (OneTree House)               

Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction

Kuwi & Friends Māori Picture Dictionary, written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Pānia Papa (Illustrated Publishing)

Mophead, Selina Tusitala Marsh (Auckland University Press)

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, translated by Piripi Walker (Lift Education)

The Adventures of Tupaia, Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait (Allen & Unwin, in partnership with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Three Kiwi Tales, Janet Hunt (Massey University Press)

Russell Clark Award for Illustration

Dozer the Fire Cat, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, written by Robyn Prokop (Scholastic NZ)

Santa’s Worst Christmas, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, written by Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker (Huia Publishers)

Song of the River, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews, written by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)

The Adventures of Tupaia, illustrated by Mat Tait, written by Courtney Sina Meredith (Allen & Unwin, in partnership with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Wildlife of Aotearoa, illustrated and written by Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)

Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for books written completely in te reo Māori

Arapū Toi, Moira Wairama, illustrated by Austin Whincup (Baggage Books)

Ko Flit, te Tīrairaka, me ngā Hēki Muna, written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Ngaere Roberts (Scholastic NZ)

Ngā Hoa Hoihoi o Kuwi, written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Pānia Papa (Illustrated Publishing)

Te Kirihimete i Whakakorea, Pania Tahau-Hodges  and Bryony Walker, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, translated by Kawata Teepa (Huia Publishers)

Tio Tiamu, Kurahau, illustrated by Laya Mutton-Rogers (Huia Publishers)

Best First Book Award

Michael Petherick for #Tumeke! (Massey University Press)

Weng Wai Chan for Lizard’s Tale (Text Publishing)

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (illustrator) for Santa’s Worst Christmas, written by Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker (Huia Publishers)

Belinda O’Keefe for The Day the Plants Fought Back, illustrated by Richard Hoit (Scholastic NZ)

Laya Mutton-Rogers (illustrator) for The Smelly Giant, written by Kurahau (Huia Publishers)  

The Ministry of Education has announced that senior secondary school students will be given extra NCEA credits to make up for COVID-19 disruption.

New Zealand’s Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the new move on Wednesday.

For each 5 credits a student attains towards their NCEA, they will be entitled to an additional 1 Learning Recognition credit. Students will be allowed up to a maximum of 10 additional credits for students undertaking NCEA Level 1, or up to a maximum of 8 additional credits for students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3.

University entrance will be awarded to students who achieve 12 credits in each of three approved subjects.

Hipkins said the move was needed due to the massive disruption COVID-19 had been to the school system. He said the Government was moving to ensure students would not be penalised.

On the 25 May 2020, George Floyd became another victim to the inherent institutionalised racism in the United States. The horrific brutality that unfolded in Minneapolis that day, as well as the murder of Ahmaud Arbery out jogging in February, has re-ignited the global conversation towards the need to stand up against racism, discrimination and white privilege.

This change needs to be realised right now — and it must be realised that it is not just an issue for USA. Discrimination and hate crimes are prevalent issues in New Zealand too.

There are examples of racism and discrimination that are easily found in New Zealand. JustSpeak reported that police are almost twice as likely to send a first-time Māori offender to court, than a Pākehā, and seven times more likely to charge a Māori person with a crime, even when that person has no police or corrections record either. Julia Whaipooti revealed that right now, Māori wahine are largely forced to stay with abusive partners because of a fear of enduring police and institutionalised racism.

In March last year we witnessed the horrors of the Christchurch mosque shootings. The Armed Response Trial, which was started as an initiative to control gun violence in NZ after the mosque shooting, had a disproportionate impact on Māori. Nearly half of those apprehended were Māori, with Pasifika making up another 11%. This was exacerbated by the fact that from October 2019 to January 2020, firearms offences made up less than 3% of incidents attended by armed police. Of nearly 500 people apprehended, more than half didn’t have a weapon, and just 14% carried a gun. Racism and discrimination is a Kiwi problem. It isn’t new and it’s growing: 1 in 3 complaints to the Human Rights Commission are about racial discrimination.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 01: Protestors march down Queen Street on June 01, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. The rally was organised in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Prejudice and intolerance on the grounds of race begins small, in quiet places, in our everyday lives. When it becomes normalised it can turn into overt racism and extremism. 

With so much of our information today coming through social media platforms, we need a mature discussion about the internet and social media companies — especially when they disseminate hate through our platforms.

Our Prime Minister even expressed: “We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published. They are the publisher. Not just the postman.”

But it’s not just laws and politics that need to change. New Zealanders need to step up. We need to speak up on social media and in real life addressing white privilege. We need to be educated and we need to listen. One aspect of white privilege in Aotearoa is white defensiveness in response to discussions of racism. This mean an anxiety, closing-down, and insecurity among white people and white-dominated institutions when the issue of racism is raised.

The fact a lot of racism and discrimination can be almost invisible to white people means that we often shy from getting involved – but this is an example of where we need to educate ourselves on white privilege.

We need to be actively anti-racist: educate yourself by reading up on texts that focus on racial injustice, white supremacy, and the struggles of being a POC in New Zealand. Follow and support organisations working on racial equity and justice, such as That’s Us, a New Zealand anti-racism campaign bringing instances of racial intolerance in New Zealand to light. Listen to podcasts like The Diversity Gap to generate cultural change.

Most importantly, speak up. As Ijeoma Olua said, “the beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”

Critical Thinking Questions:

  1. What is an example of racism/white privilege in America you can think of?
  2. What is an example of racism/white privilege you can think of in New Zealand?
  3. Is it up to the government to tackle these issues or does it start with people in the community? Is it a combination of both? Discuss.

Practical Thinking Questions:

  1. Read a book, listen to a podcast or watch a movie/show that aims to educate people on the privilege or discrimination your race faces.
  2. Compare the racism today with the racism faced in a moment in history such as the American Civil War, or the Apartheid in South Africa. How much has changed?
  3. How do you believe we should tackle racism in New Zealand?

New Zealand Farmers have completed one of their busiest ‘moving days’ on record.

Traditionally on New Zealand farms, June 1 is the day when alot of farmers move farms or move their stock.

But what exactly is Moving Day and who’s involved?

In a nutshell, Moving Day, or Gyspy Day as it’s sometimes known, is the start of the dairy season.

It sees a large number of dairy farming families, shareholders, contract milkers and employees move to new farms.

This year an estimated 5000 farmers packed up and moved, according to statistics from DairyNZ.

And it’s not just people who will be travelling. In a number of situations, cattle and animals will also come along for the journey.

Despite its name, Moving Day often takes longer than just 24 hours.

South Island beaches in New Zealand are turning red due to millions of dead squat lobsters.

Over the last week there have been a number of mass strandings of the small sea creature which has turned the beaches the colour red.

The red tinge on the beach is caused by the bodies of munida gregaria – squat lobsters.  

The small crustaceans cling to the sand at high tide – an behaviour for breeding – and then perish when the tide drops..

Over the years patches of dead squat lobster 20-30cm thick have landed on some southern beaches.

The strandings occur when adult squat lobster refuse to give up their breeding grounds on the seafloor.

This leaves millions of teenage squat lobster with nowhere to breed. The strong instinct to settle and “cling” to surfaces leads to their death.

Although people are sometimes alarmed by the vivid red of the dying animals, an expert has said that said the dead represented a “tiny” fraction of the overall population.

A total of 178 New Zealanders have received Queen’s Birthday honours this year. Included in this list are three new dames and two new knights.

From local politicians to actors, boardrooms to hospices, sports fields to amazing community workers, the range of people that have made New Zealand better is astounding.

Among the more well-known people to receive honours are movie director Taika Waititi and former All Black Kieran Read.

Below are some short biographies of major recipients for this year.

Professor Robert Elliott

Elliott is one of those who has been awarded a knighthood, becoming a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He has been involved in medical research for 60 years, and some of his discoveries include treatment for a fatal form of heart disease in babies.

However, he said his working setting up Cure Kids in the 1970s is his greatest legacy.

Professor Derek Lardelli

Lardelli has been awarded a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art.

Sir Derek is a leading tā moko artist, visual artist, kapa haka performer, orator, composer, graphic designer, researcher, cultural consultant and educationalist.

His artwork is found in national and international institutions, public buildings and private collections.

His most recognised musical composition is the All Blacks haka ‘Kapa O Pango’.

To be Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

  • Turanga Barclay-Kerr: For services to Māori and heritage commemoration.
  • Mike Bush: For services to the New Zealand Police and the community.
  • Maureen Corby: For services to early childhood education.
  • Dr Tessa Duder: For services to literature.
  • David Ellis: For services to the thoroughbred industry.
  • Elizabeth Knox: For services to literature.
  • Barry Maister: For services to sport and the community.
  • Bruce McKenzie: For services to the cattle industry.
  • Professor John Nacey: For services to health and education.
  • George Ngaei: For services to health and the Pacific community.
  • Rosslyn Noonan: For services to human rights.
  • Justine Smyth: For services to governance and women.

To be Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

  • Barbara Ala’alatoa: For services to education.
  • Jeanne Begej: For services to ice figure skating.
  • Anthony Bonne: For services to local government and the community.
  • Taika Waititi (Cohen): For services to film.
  • Marston Conder: For services to mathematics.
  • Derek Crowther: For services to the motor vehicle industry.
  • Judith Darragh: For services to the arts.
  • Dr Daryle Deering: For services to nursing – particularly mental health and addictions.
  • James Doherty: For services to Māori and conservation.
  • Rosemary Du Plessis: For services to women and education.
  • Alec Ekeroma: For services to health and the Pacific community.
  • Dr Garry Forgeson: For services to oncology.
  • Dr Jan Gregor: For services to water safety and public health.
  • James Griffin: For services to the television and film industries.
  • Joan Harnett-Kindley: For services to netball and the real estate industry.
  • Mary Holm: For services to financial literacy education.
  • Terence Kayes: For services to the engineering industry.
  • Ian Lambie: For services to clinical psychology.
  • Anthony Lepper: For services to sports administration and local government.
  • David Ling: For services to the publishing industry.
  • Vicki Masson: For services to perinatal and maternal health.
  • Beverley May: For services to cycling.
  • Dr Anthony O’Brien: For services to mental health nursing.
  • Murray Powell: For services to wildlife conservation and the deer industry.
  • Thomas Rainey: For services to music and music education.
  • Kieran Read: For services to rugby.
  • Anne Richardson: For services to wildlife conservation.
  • Avis Rishworth: For services to women.
  • Alistair Spierling: For services to the State and community.
  • James Tomlin: For services to art education.
  • Dr Brian Turner: For services to literature and poetry.
  • Āni Wainui: For services to Māori language education.
  • Lisa Woolley: For services to the community and governance.
  • David Zwartz: For services to the Jewish and interfaith communities.

To be Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

  • Donna Avia: For services to poetry and the arts.
  • John Baddeley: For services to local government and the community.
  • Carol Bartle: For services to health, particularly breastfeeding education.
  • David Benton: For services to addiction support and treatment.
  • Georgina Beyer: For services to LGBTIQA+ rights.
  • Marianne Bishop: For services to the union movement and the community.
  • Patricia Broad: For services to gymnastics.
  • John Buchanan: For services to music.
  • Russell Burt: For services to primary education.
  • Lois Chick: For services to education
  • David Crerar: For services to mountaineering and outdoor recreation.
  • Joseph Davis: For services to Māori and conservation.
  • Pamela Dawkins: For services to horticulture.
  • Murray Dawson: For services to horticulture.
  • Jacqueline Edmond: For services to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Iosefa Enari: For services to Pacific dance.
  • Rhonda Fraser: For services to women and aviation.
  • Emily Sarah Gaddum: For services to hockey.
  • William Graham: For services to youth and the community.
  • David Harvey: For services to the New Zealand Police and the community.
  • Dr Jeremy Hill: For services to the dairy industry and scientific research.
  • Elizabeth Hird: For services to health.
  • Dr Roberta Hunter: For services to mathematics education.
  • Graham Jackson: For services to the trades industry and business.
  • Sandra Jenkins: For services to education.
  • Muriel Johnstone: For services to Māori and conservation.
  • Sharon Kearney: For services to physiotherapy and netball
  • Dr Alison Keeling: For services to gerontology.
  • Dr Kevin Knight: For services to education.
  • Dr Maureen Lander: For services to Māori art.
  • Dr Sarah Leberman: For services to women, sport and tertiary education.
  • Donald Long: For services to literature and education, particularly Pacific language education.
  • Takapuna Mackey: For services to martial arts and Māori.
  • Donald MacLean: For services to education.
  • Maureen McCleary: For services to the arts.
  • Donald McKay: For services to seniors and the community.
  • Dr Priscilla McQueen: For services as a poet.
  • Dr Beverley Milne: For services to education.
  • Desmond Minehan: For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
  • Dr Arish Naresh: For services to the community and dentistry.
  • Kiri Nathan: For services to Māori and the fashion industry.
  • Tofilau Pereira: For services to the Pacific community and women.
  • Dr Vincent Peterson: For services to the veterinary profession.
  • Graham Preston: For services to education.
  • Peter Ramsden: For services to conservation.
  • Aseta Redican: For services to health and Pacific peoples.
  • William John Rickerby: For services to conservation.
  • Richard Rudd: For services to ceramic art.
  • Noel Sheat: For services to ploughing and the community.
  • Susan Sherrard: For services to people with disabilities.
  • Peter Smale: For services to seniors, the community and horticulture.
  • Dianne Smeehuyzen: For services to brass bands.
  • Ramari Stewart: For services to Māori culture, wildlife conservation and research.
  • Lynette Te Aika: For services to Māori language education.
  • Christopher Te’o: For services to health, cycling and the Pacific community.
  • Mary Thompson: For services to netball administration.
  • Ngareta Timutimu: For services to Māori and education.
  • Dr Janet Turnbull: For services to health.
  • Robert Webb: For services to wildlife conservation.
  • Kayla Whitelock: For services to hockey.
  • Joan Whittaker: For services to heritage preservation and music education.
  • Lloyd Whittaker: For services to heritage preservation and music education.
  • Maria Winder: For services to music education.
  • Maureen Wood: For services to people with disabilities.

Companions of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO)

  • Clare Wells: For services to early childhood education.

Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)

  • Agnes Anderson: For services to choral music.
  • Edith Barnes: For services to local government and the community.
  • Rhys Bean: For services to the community.
  • Gillian Bishop: For services to conservation.
  • Robyn Bisset: For services to the community.
  • Bevan Bradding: For services to the community.
  • Margaret Bradding: For services to the community.
  • Kay Brereton: For services to the welfare of beneficiaries.
  • Dr David Butler: For services to conservation.
  • Allan Cox: For services to the community.
  • Chandu Daji: For services to the Indian community and sport.
  • Priscilla Dawson: For services to refugees and the Burmese community.
  • Dawn Elliott: For services to art education.
  • Ian Foster: For services to the community.
  • Audrey Gray: For services to choral music.
  • Ella Hanify: For services to music.
  • Eileen Holt: For services to stroke victims and the community.
  • Donna Kennedy: For services to people with disabilities.
  • John Kennedy-Good: For services to the community.
  • Pravin Kumar: For services to the Indian community.
  • Ronald Lamont: For services to aviation.
  • Emelita Luisi: For services to youth.
  • Christopher Marshall: For services to music.
  • Gayle Marshall: For services to the community.
  • Ewan Mason: For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community.
  • Neil McCorkindale: For services to hockey administration.
  • Morris McFall: For services to the community and philanthropy.
  • Trevor McGlinchey: For services to Māori and the community.
  • Robert McGowan: For services to Māori and conservation.
  • Olga McKerras: For services to the community.
  • Suresh Patel: For services to the community and sport.
  • Molima Pihigia: For services to Niuean art and the community.
  • Afamasaga Rasmussen: For services to education and the Pacific community.
  • Roy Reid: For services to seniors.
  • Melva Robb: For services to rural communities and women.
  • Ian Robinson: For services to surf lifesaving and the community.
  • Terence Roche: For services to the community.
  • Richard Scadden: For services to the community.
  • Afiff Shah: For services to the Muslim community and football.
  • William Sharp: For services to youth.
  • Maher Singh: For services to seniors and the community.
  • Barry Smith: For services to football and historical research.
  • Lynn Smith: For services to dance education.
  • Marie Taylor: For services to horticulture and native revegetation.
  • Neil Taylor: For services to people with intellectual disabilities and the community.
  • Thomas Thomas: For services to victim support and the community.
  • Stuart Thorne: For services to conservation and search and rescue.
  • Myra Tohill: For services to the community.
  • Ian Walker: For services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
  • Malcolm Walker: For services to sport and education.
  • Margaret Western: For services to migrant and refugee communities.
  • Alexa Whaley: For services to historical research and heritage preservation.
  • Roger Williams: For services to conservation.
  • Gareth Winter: For services to historical research.
  • Gwenyth Wright: For services to women and the community.
  • Diane Yalden: For services to the community.

Honorary members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

  • Angelica Edgley: For services to forensic science.
  • Lita Foliaki: For services to the Pacific community.
  • Dr Johan Hellemans: For services to triathlon.
  • Elizabeth Herrmann: For services to the hospitality industry and philanthropy.

New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

  • Brigadier Michael Shapland: For services to the New Zealand Defence Force.