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Otago alumni well represented in Queen's Honour's List

Thursday 8 June 2017 1:00pm

(From left) Professors Vicky Cameron, Richie Poulton and Sally Brooker

Otago alumni, and several current and former staff members, featured in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Professors Sally Brooker of Chemistry and Richie Poulton of the University’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Unit were named on the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list this week, alongside Professor Vicky Cameron, the Deputy Dean of Otago’s Christchurch campus. All three are thrilled to be recognised for their contributions.

Professor Poulton told the Otago Bulletin the awards are a huge thrill, but that he has no concerns they will go to his head.

“It's been a great year so far but my feet are firmly on the ground, they can't help but be when you have a feisty 16-year-old daughter to keep you in line!”

Professor Sally Brooker said being named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit was an "unexpected delight".

“I’m very proud of being a New Zealander. We are so very lucky to live in such a wonderful country and to have as a nation a creative and hard-working “can do” yet also “down to earth” common sense attitude. My team members have exemplified these attributes over the years, which has enabled us to do a wide range of internationally significant research here, despite relatively modest budgets by international standards.

"Opening up the curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from Government House a few weeks ago, I was initially very puzzled, then, on reading the contents, elated,” she says.

Professor Richie Graham Poulton, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and health research

Professor Poulton is an influential social scientist in New Zealand and has served on many government, public and academic statutory bodies, and is a consultant internationally.
Professor Poulton’s major areas of research are mental health, nature-nurture interplay in the prediction of complex disorders, and psychosocial determinants of chronic physical disease. In 1995 he took up the position of Deputy Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit and later became Director in 2000. In 2007 he established and became a Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, a research centre based at the University of Otago in Dunedin, but with partners located at universities across New Zealand and around the world. He has led the internationally renowned Dunedin multidisciplinary longitudinal birth cohort study since 2000. In 2014 he was appointed as part-time Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development and in that role he has led much of the work advising government on social investment and was a member of the Rebstock committee reviewing Child, Youth and Family Services. In 2014 Professor Poulton was named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters, one of only four New Zealanders to be so designated, and was listed in Thomson-Reuters ‘2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’. The Dunedin Study head gained a BSc, Psychology, 1984; DipSci, Psychology, 1986; MSc, Psychology, 1988; DipCIPs, Psychology, 1988 from Otago.

Dr George Cockburn Salmond, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Dr Salmond has contributed to health services for more than forty years. He was a research fellow and lecturer at Otago University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and Director of Management Services at the Department of Health from 1973 to 1983. As Director-General of Health from 1986 to 1991 he oversaw major reorganisation of the department including the introduction of Area Health Boards. He has led New Zealand delegations to World Health Organisation meetings and has been a technical advisor to WHO. He was inaugural Director of the Health Services Research Centre. He has served on numerous advisory committees, including the Board of Health, the Medical Research Council, and the Health Workforce Advisory Committee. He served as the founding Secretary and later as the President of what was to become the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. In the 1980s and 1990s he was active both in New Zealand and internationally in the work of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Since the 1970s he has contributed voluntarily to local community health services, especially in Porirua, including healthcare projects such as The Porirua Health Partnership. Dr Salmond has been Trustee for the Wise Group, is Director of Te Pou, Chairman of Blueprint Centre of Learning and an associate of Healthcare Aoteoroa. Dr Salmond gained an MB ChB, 1961; DPH, 1966; PhD, Medicine, 1971 from Otago, and was an Honorary Fellow at University of Otago, Wellington (1993-1997).

Professor Anne Victoria (Vicky) Cameron, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health

Professor Vicky Cameron is a scientist and academic who has been involved in the study of health and genetics for 30 years.
Since 1992 Professor Cameron has been based at the University of Otago, Christchurch and is currently Research Professor and Head of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory at the school’s Christchurch Heart institute. Her research has primarily focused on cardio-vascular disease, specifically the disease’s increased likelihood in some families due to DNA variations as well as the disparity in occurrence and mortality between Māori and non-Māori and Pacific peoples. She has authored or contributed to more than 104 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, 125 conference proceedings, a book chapter and a patent for micro-RNA molecules, used as coronary diagnostic and prognostic tools. Through the Christchurch Heart Institute she has performed extensive genetic profiling of patients with heart disease, assembling a DNA bank of consented research data. She is lead investigator for a number of cohort studies and is co-leader of the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Professor Cameron has held a number of leadership roles within her field and faculty, including membership of the National Heart Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, Convenor of the Marsden Fund Council’s Biomedical Sciences Panel, and Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch Campus. Professor Cameron gained a BSc(Hons), Zoology, 1977; PhD, Medicine, 1989 from Otago.

Mr William Robert (Bill) Dunbar, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and the community

Mr Bill Dunbar is a successful Otago businessman who has lent his skills to governing the Patients Aid Charitable Trust (PACT), an NGO which supports people with a variety of health and disability support needs.
Mr Dunbar became Chairman of the Patients and Prisoners Aid Society in 1987, after which time the work the society did with patients was split from prisoners and PACT was formed to focus on the support of people with intellectual disabilities and those recovering from mental illnesses. He played a significant role in making this an effective separation and became Chairman of PACT in 1990, and has continued in this role to present day. He has overseen PACT’s growth in turnover from $100,000 to more than $28 million for an organisation that supports more than 1,500 people and employs more than 450. Under his guidance PACT has spread from Otago to Southland, the West Coast and Wellington. PACT has also expanded its services to help people of all ages with physical disabilities and addiction and gambling issues, as well as employment and budget services to families and troubled youth. Within his local community Mr Dunbar has held offices with Dunedin and Cromwell Rotary Clubs and Cromwell Probus Club. BCom, Accounting, 1962.

Professor Hamid Ikram, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cardiology and education

Professor Ikram has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine in New Zealand.
He has developed many new services in the field of cardiology that have improved the quality of care for patients. Since 1974 he has introduced several crucial services to cardiology in Christchurch and at the national level, including ultrasound heart assessment and the first heart rhythm testing method. He has actively engaged with Māori groups by learning Te Reo and establishing marae-based Māori-education and clinics with colleagues and Māori health workers. His most significant clinical achievement was the establishment of cardiac surgery in Christchurch in 1998. He has been extensively involved in undergraduate teaching and has trained numerous postgraduate doctors specialising in cardiology. His cardiac research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Since retiring in 2002 he has continued his research, lecturing and public speaking. Professor Ikram has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to Medicine and Cardiology, including Fellowships of the Cardiac Society of New Zealand and Australasia, and The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Dr Ikram gained a PhD, Medicine, (1991) at Otago and is a former Clinical Professor at University of Otago, Christchurch (1975-2002).

Dr Zafer (Zaf) Khouri, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to odontology

Dr Zaf Khouri is a forensic odontologist and a dental surgeon and he has contributed to the field of forensic odontology for more than 35 years.
Dr Khouri has established a reputation both in New Zealand and overseas as an expert in several areas, including the dental identification of deceased individuals and the analysis of human and non-human bite marks. He is a founding member and past President of the New Zealand Society of Forensic Odontology (NZSFO). He has been Regional Coordinator for the NZSFO for the Waikato-Bay of Plenty-Coromandel region for more than 20 years. He was the Secretary of the New Zealand Dental Association Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch in 1993. He played a key role in the response to the Christchurch earthquake, providing his services as an assurance odontologist in the mortuary. He travelled to Australia to assist the Australian disaster victim identification team after the Victorian bushfires of 2009, and was a member of the first deployment of personnel to Phuket, Thailand following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. He has been instrumental in the training of forensic odontologists and is a regular contributor to education sessions and conferences both in New Zealand and overseas. Dr Khouri is one of only 21 individuals worldwide to have been awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in forensic odontology by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
Otago alumni: BDS, 1979.

Mr Simon John O'Neill, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to opera

Mr O’Neill has established himself as one of the world’s finest “heldentenors” (heroic tenors) with a powerful and dramatic voice suited to demanding operatic roles. He is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin, Vienna and Bayerische State Operas, and both the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals. He has performed at distinguished opera houses and concert-halls worldwide including Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has performed with top international orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has been included in the EMI release ‘Voices of German Opera’. He has demonstrated a commitment to the development of young New Zealand singers and was appointed as an Adjunct Research Fellow at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music in 2012, where he provides masterclasses and coaching sessions to advanced singing students. He has also been a guest tutor and artist-in-residence at the New Zealand Opera School. He is patron of the New Zealand Singing School Trust and the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing. Mr O’Neill regularly returns to New Zealand to perform at home with the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Opera. Mr O'Neill gained a MusB at Otago in 1993.

Mrs Lynda Jean Reid, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education

Mrs Reid was Principal of St Cuthbert's College in Auckland from 1996 to 2016, during which time she led the school to the highest levels of academic success, as demonstrated in 2014 when 45 percent of Year 13 students gained university scholarships.
To support the wider development of her students, Mrs Reid introduced a range of innovative programmes, championed personalised learning, introduced a second qualification with the International Baccalaureate diploma and established a residential, experiential education programme at Kahunui to build girls' resilience and critical life skills. She established strong professional learning programmes for her teachers, based on critical enquiry and autonomy in their areas of practice. She encouraged significant partnerships based on sharing of best practice, with colleagues both in New Zealand and overseas, and in particular with low decile schools in Auckland. She gave her time to leadership roles on a number of professional and advisory bodies, serving as the Vice President of Independent Schools of New Zealand and as a member of the Ministerial Group on the Reform of the Teachers' Council. Mrs Reid was a foundation executive board member of the New Zealand Initiative think tank. Mrs Reid studied at the Dunedin College of Education, gaining a DipTchg in 1979.

Dr Geoffrey Maxwell Robinson, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine

Dr Robinson was the Chief Medical officer for the Capital and Coast District Health Board from 2005 until 2016. From 1981 Dr Robinson was Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine at Kenepuru Hospital Porirua, and also for the alcohol and Drug Services of Capital and Coast DHB. He has contributed to textbooks and numerous research publications, particularly in the area of alcohol and drug dependence. He has been a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago, and an Adjunct Professor in the Bioscience Department at Victoria University. He is a Medical Spokesperson for Alcohol Action New Zealand. He was a member of the Ministerial Medical and Therapeutic Committee on AIDS, and also the Expect Advisory Committee on Drugs. He was Chair of the Board of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand from its establishment. Dr Robinson is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, where he was Chair of the Training Committee, member of the Examination Committee, member of the Foundation Committee of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, and President of the New Zealand branch from 2008 to 2010.
Otago alumni: MB ChB, 1972. Dr Robinson was Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Otago, Wellington, between 1980 and 2013.

Mrs Frances  Wilson-Fitzgerald, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to opera

Mrs Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald has had an international career as a voice coach for more than 40 years, playing for, coaching and studying under many of opera’s greats from New Zealand and abroad. Mrs Wilson-Fitzgerald is currently Director of the Auckland Opera Studio and has worked tirelessly to develop the experiences and skills of young New Zealand singers. Her students have had success internationally and include Marlena Devoe, the Sol3 MIO brothers, and operatic tenor Simon O’Neill, as well as many others who have achieved nationally. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, worked as an accompanist and coach for Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University, and as a Lecturer in Vocal Performance at the University of Otago. With the New Zealand Opera Company she has served as Repetituer, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart and Chief Repetiteur, coach and chorus master. In the 1990s she founded the New Zealand Summer Opera School in Whanganui (now the New Zealand Opera School). She formed the Auckland Opera Studio in 2001 as a charitable trust to serve New Zealand’s musical talent. She does not charge for her lessons and teaches on a voluntary basis. Mrs Wilson-Fitzgerald previously formed Opera Corp. for young singers in Auckland in the late 1980s and was a lecturer in Vocal Performance at Otago between 2013 and 2014. 

Mrs Janis Irene (Jan) Ballantyne, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the community

Mrs Jan Ballantyne has played a key role in improving the funding and strategic planning of early childhood education in New Zealand. She was the Chief Executive Officer of Central Kids Kindergartens from 1996 until 2016. This charitable trust operates 48 kindergartens and eight full-day childcare centres throughout the North Island. In 1996 she initiated New Zealand’s first peer support programme for kindergarten teachers. She was a member of the Equity Funding Working Group that developed a funding system to facilitate access to childcare in low income and rural communities and for children with special education needs. She initiated an annual teacher exchange with early childhood centres in South Korea and was contracted by Cognition Education Trust New Zealand to assist with drafting a five-year strategic plan for early childhood education in Qatar. She has been an active member in her local Te Awamutu community. She has been a voluntary grief counsellor and was elected to the South Waikato District Council Community Board. Mrs Ballantyne was a Community Trustee on the Maungatautiri Ecological Island Trust and, for the past 15 years, has worked with a small group to prepare and serve an annual Mid-Winter Christmas dinner for those staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.
Dunedin College of Education alumni: DipTchg, 1988.

Ms Jacqueline Marie Barron, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sports governance and education

Ms Barron is Principal of St Hilda’s Collegiate in Dunedin and has been involved in sports management and governance for more than 20 years. She was Manager of the Silver Ferns netball team from 2005 to 2009, during which time they won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and of the Black Ferns from 2001 to 2005, who won the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup. She has managed the Southern Steel netball team to win two national titles and managed the New Zealand U21 netball team in two World Youth Cup campaigns in 1996 and 2000. In 2013 she was appointed to the Board of Sport New Zealand where she is encouraging women in their sporting careers and addressing the issues facing women’s sport. She formerly held a community development role at Sport Southland. She is the former Principal of Woodford House in Havelock North and Deputy Principal of Gore High School. Ms Barron hosted a New Zealand symposium in 2013 on sharing strategies for teaching and raising girls in the 21st century. Ms Barron graduated with a BA, Geography, from Otago in 1981.

Professor Sally Anne Brooker, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science

Professor Sally Brooker is an internationally leading researcher in the field of inorganic chemistry with a research and teaching career primarily based as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Otago.
Professor Brooker’s award-winning research, which has taken place in collaboration with scientists in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the United States, and Canada, has focused primarily on the structure, design, and synthesis of innovative new metal molecules whose spin states can be controlled and changed, with the potential to underpin significant future technologies such as biological probes, ‘green’ catalysts, and molecular-sized computer components. She and her team have had their work selected to be featured on the cover of major international journals 22 times. She is the author or co-author of more than 185 research articles in peer-reviewed publications, has delivered 51 lectures at international conferences, and received several international fellowships. She has mentored a diverse range of doctoral candidates and post-doctorate researchers at Otago. In 2006 she became a Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. In 2012 Professor Brooker was co-organiser of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry hosted at the University of Otago. Professor Brooker has been an Otago staff member since 1991.

Mr Hamish Angus Crooks, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community

Mr Crooks has been Chief Executive of Pacific Homecare since 2010, which provides home-based health care services throughout South Auckland to disabled and elderly Pacific people who wish to continue living at home and in their communities. He established in 2001, and is currently Managing Director of, the management consultancy company 4PM Group Ltd, which specialises in community development, project management, and organisational management. He is the former Chair of Pacific Business Trust and has been an active member of The Second Nature Trust, which established the Vodafone Events Centre and the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau, particularly in keeping the community informed of the development and its impact on them. He is involved with the recovery of the Cook Islands Māori Language project. He is the Trustee of community organisations including Fonua Ola Network Trust and the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust. Mr Crooks has held a range of board memberships including Toku Reo Tupuna Group, the Digital Strategy Advisory Group for the Minister of Technology, the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee of the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, and Chair of Matagi E Fa Trust. He gained a BCom, Accounting and Finance from Otago in 1984.

Mr Graham Russell Kennedy Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business

Mr Kennedy has been actively involved in the business community in the fields of accountancy and corporate governance and has held a range of corporate governance roles in Ashburton since 1973. From 1977 to 2011 he was the Director and then Chairman of Brophy Knight Ltd, a local chartered accountancy practice. He has been extensively involved in providing business advice to numerous commercial enterprises, voluntary organisations and individuals. He has held governance roles in the Building Society sector since 1985, culminating in being a founding Director of the NZX listed Heartland Bank Ltd. He is Chairman of several businesses, including Cates Grain and Seed Ltd and Earth and Sky Ltd. He is a Trustee of the Ashburton Aquatic Park Charitable Trust and he was a driving force behind the establishment of Lake Hood and the Ashburton Aquatic Park. In 2005 he was awarded a District of Ashburton civic Honour for services to the establishment of Lake Hood. He has held voluntary administrative positions in a number of organisations, such as serving as the Branch Treasurer of the New Zealand Red Cross for eight years. In 2010 Mr Kennedy was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in recognition of his contributions to the Accountancy field. He gained a BCom, Accounting, from Otago in 1973.

Dr Jill Alice McIlraith, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and women

Dr McIlraith is a general practitioner and has contributed to a wide range of medical activities in Otago for more than 25 years. She was a founding member of Aurora Health Centre, the first all-woman medical practice in Dunedin. She has mentored and helped train many doctors and nurses throughout Otago. She has held a variety of governance positions, including as a Director of the Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre, and as a Board member of Well Dunedin Primary Health Organisation. She has a long record of service with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) including being a general practice registrar teacher for 20 years. She is Honorary Secretary of the Otago Faculty Board of the RNZCGP and has been Otago and National President of the New Zealand Medical Women’s Association. She has also worked in sexual health for more than two decades and has served on the Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care’s twenty-four hour roster since 2002. She is the clinical advisor for Southern District Health Board’s Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service, alongside her role as clinical leader for the Sexual Health Service. She has contributed as a presenter of sexual health education to numerous groups including high schools, service organisations and the Department of Correction’s Probation Service. Dr McIlraith gained a DipMSM from Otago in 2000.

Dr Fiona Dorothy Pardington, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to photography

Dr Pardington is an internationally acclaimed photographer and visual artist whose exhibiting career has spanned more than 30 years. Specialising in analogue photographic processes, Dr Pardington began exhibiting in the 1980s with an early body of work characterised by hand-printed and hand-toned gelatin silver images presenting a theatrical and feminist viewpoint on the construction of gender and identity. In the 1990s she developed a new methodology, arriving at her signature style of elaborately constructed still life photography and representations of taonga and cultural artefacts from museum collections. Major exhibitions of her work have been held internationally at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Musée du Quai Branly in France, Monash University Museum of Art, the 17th Sydney Biennale, the Kyiv International Biennale in Ukraine, and in Berlin. Nationally she has held significant solo exhibits at galleries around the country, culminating in a major retrospective ‘Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation’ which toured New Zealand in 2015/2016. She has received several fellowships and held artist residencies. Her work is held in a variety of public and private collections nationally and in Canada, Australia and the United States. The New Zealand Government presented Dr Pardington’s photographic series ‘Quai Branly Suite of Nine Hei Tiki’ to the people of France in 2005. She was Francis Hodgkins Fellow at Otago between 1996 and 1997.

Mr Bruce Leslie Didham, The Queen's Service Medal for services to the New Zealand Fire Service

Mr Didham has been a member of the Portobello Volunteer Fire Brigade since 1983 and was Chief Fire Officer from 1999 to 2014. He was actively involved in the United Fire Brigades Association as an Executive Member of the South Otago Sub-Association for 13 years and the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades Association for 13 years, of which he is also a Life Member. He is an Executive Member and holds life membership of the New Zealand Fire Brigades Institute. He was a founding member of the Portobello Medical First Response Unit in 2003. He has been involved in the Fire Service at an administrative level by serving on the Executive and as Secretary of the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigades’ Association. He was responsible for organising various regional competitions and challenges. He has been a Volunteer Ambulance Officer for St John Ambulance and joined the career operational staff in 2007. In 2001 he was awarded the Len Doughty Scholarship to research volunteer sustainability in Argentina, Peru and Chile. He was a founding member of Coastguard Dunedin and his contributions have improved safety standards around the Dunedin coastline. Mr Didham has been awarded Life Membership of the Portobello Volunteer Fire Brigade and the South Otago Sub Association in recognition of his contributions.
He gained a DipTchg from the Dunedin College of Education in 1968.

Mr Brian Robert Dodds, The Queen's Service Medal for services to healthcare and the community

Mr Dodds has lent his accountancy and business skills to the Clutha district community for 30 years, particularly in the area of healthcare. He was a founding member of the Balclutha Hospital Support Group in 1991, which sought various options for the preservation of clinical services in Clutha. He was then a founding member of Clutha Health Incorporated (CHI), which was formed to build and manage a new hospital, based on a plan developed by the Balclutha Health Services Board, of which he was also a member. He was interim Chairman from 1997 to 2001 of CHI, which appointed the board of Clutha Community Health Company Ltd (CCHCL). He became Chairman of CCHCL on its inauguration and has remained in that position for 19 years. His leadership has guided health services that have proved to be sustainable and stand as a model for the concept of an integrated family health centre. He has also been a Trustee of the Clutha Community Mobility Van and the South Otago Nurses Trust Fund. Mr Dodds was a member of the South Otago High School Board of Trustees for almost 10 years and holds leadership roles with St Andrews Presbyterian Church. He gained a BCom from Otago in 1969.

Mr Richard Donald Madden, The Queen's Service Medal for services to music

Mr Madden joined the Royal Dunedin Male Choir in 1998 and has been conductor of the choir on a voluntary basis since 2001. He has been involved with Dunedin’s St Paul’s Cathedral Choir in various roles since the 1960s, including Assistant Director of Music. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the New Zealand Choral Federation Board of Governors. He has been an advisor to the Royal Schools of Music and undertook short term conducting roles with the Dunedin Sinfonia’s Academy of Strings. He has been a member of the Auditioning Panel of Dunedin Sinfonia since 2012. He has been Musical Director of Knox College Choral Scholars since 2005. He has organised biennial school shows for local musicians. Mr Madden has written more than 50 choral compositions, some of which have been performed internationally including at the Sir Edmund Hillary memorial service at the Royal Chapel at Windsor in 2008. He gained a MusB(Hons) from Otago in 1977.

Dr Claire Aileen Reilly, The Queen's Service Medal for services to people with Motor Neurone Disease

Dr Reilly is a medical doctor who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2006 at the age of 32. She has turned this personal tragedy into a national awareness and fundraising campaign for the disease.
MND is a terminal degenerative neurological disease for which there is no cure. It causes gradual loss of control of the muscles of the body resulting in the loss of the ability to eat, swallow, breathe and walk. Dr Reilly conceived and brought to fruition the very first nationwide ‘Walks 2 D’Feet MND’ in September 2015, which was held in the six main centres around New Zealand and raised $75,000 from 2,500 participants. $37,000 of the fundraising supported the establishment of the MND NZ Research Fund. She was the central coordinator for the 2016 event taking place in 14 towns and cities around New Zealand and organised by volunteers, raising close to $200,000. She also conceived the concept for MND NZ’s 2016 TV commercial involving New Zealand celebrities. Dr Reilly’s advocacy for research into the disease encouraged MND NZ to extend its vision beyond support to people living with MND to actively supporting research in New Zealand. Dr Reilly gained an MB ChB from Otago in 1997.

List derived from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; click here to read the full national list of recipients