Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:55

Rural honours in abundance

Written by 
Wendy McGowan. Wendy McGowan.

This year's Queen’s Birthday Honours had 13 rural people making the list for their outstanding achievements and contributions. 

Wendy McGowan ONZM for services to rural women

McGowan is a member of the Kaimai-Mamaku Catchment Forum and Federated Farmers Rotorua/Taupo province, and has been president and chair of Federated Farmers meat and fibre section for the province.

Nick Pyke MNZM for services to the arable industry

Pyke is chief executive of the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR). His contributions have brought New Zealand’s arable industry recognition as a world leader in cereal, ryegrass, vegetable seed, clover yields, sustainable resource use and environmental management.

Maxine Simmons CNZM for services to science, particularly biotechnology

Simmons has been a leader in scientific research and innovation for 35 years. She was a member of the Foundation for Research Science and Technology board and started ICP Bio, developing and marketing products for animal breeding -- pregnancy kits, ovulation enhancers and embryo transfer solutions.

Doug Avery MNZM for services to agriculture and mental health

Avery has adopted land-use techniques to drought-proof his farm and has spoken to audiences in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina about his new farming systems that have underpinned sustainable environmental and financial growth. In 2011 his family won the South Island Farmer of the Year competition for their farm management systems. He is an advocate for rural mental health and frequently shares his personal experiences.

Rebecca Keoghan MNZM for services to business, particularly the dairy industry

Keoghan is business manager at Landcorp Farming Ltd on the West Coast; she is responsible for the development and management of five large dairy farms in the region, a dairy support farm and a machinery syndicate between Cape Foulwind and Grey Valley. She is a director of Westland Milk Products Ltd and of Buller Holdings, which has responsibility for Buller District Council’s commercial assets.

Peter MacGregor MNZM for services to Māori and agriculture

MacGregor held various positions in the Department of Māori Affairs in the 1970s and 1980s. He developed the joint working agreement between the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Te Puni Kokiri. He has helped develop the Te Kuiti Māori Farm Managers Diploma and the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer competition. MacGregor is a trustee of several Ahuwhenua trusts and is an advisor trustee to the Hinemanu/Ruaka/Te Upokori Charitable Education Trust.

Dr Lesley Rhodes CNZM for services to science and marine farming

Rhodes, a senior scientist with the Cawthron Institute since 1994, has worked on programmes to manage marine algal blooms and biotoxins in shellfish internationally, ensuring New Zealand’s seafood exports meet international food safety standards. She has published at least 100 papers in international journals and has influenced international monitoring standards and policy development.

Tony Hall CNZM for services to education and sport

A pro-chancellor and then chancellor of Lincoln University, Hall has provided leadership since the Canterbury earthquake and has overseen the set-up of the Lincoln Research and Education Hub.

Jim Anderton CNZM for services as a member of Parliament

From 2005 to 2008 Anderton served as Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Forestry. He was in politics from 1963 to 2011 when he retired.

James Guild MNZM for services to the deer industry

Guild has been a councillor and president of New Zealand Deer Farmers Association and active in the deer industry for at least 40 years. He has advised the government on animal welfare and livestock tax, and helped develop the Game Animal Council Act. He is chair of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and the Molesworth steering committee.

Graham Kennedy MNZM for services to business

Kennedy has worked in accountancy and corporate governance. In 2005 he was awarded a District of Ashburton Civic Honour for services to the set-up of Lake Hood and he is a founding director of Heartland Bank Ltd.

Allan Scarlett MNZM for services to local government and the dairy industry

A chair of the West Coast Regional Council and a councillor for five terms, Scarlett was chair of Westland Milk Products and led Westland Dairy during the introduction of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act.

David Finlay QSM for services to irrigation and sport

Finlay served for 41 consecutive years on the committee of the Lower Waitaki irrigation scheme and the board of the Lower Waitaki irrigation company, a scheme that irrigates 19,000ha of farmland.  He has contributed to irrigation’s transformation of the North Otago region.


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