A fashion maven, a longstanding judge and a World Vision fundraiser were recognised in this year's New Year honours.
Newmarket resident Trelise Cooper is one of New Zealand's most successful and internationally accomplished fashion designers, with 10 flagship boutiques worldwide and more than 200 stockists in Europe, the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Australasia.
She has also put her design skills to charitable use raising money for Domestic Violence in the Home and Odyssey House.
She was a T-shirt designer for the Breast Cancer Research Trust in 2004 and became its patron in 2007.
Ms Cooper is also involved with Habitat for Humanity and Tomorrows Foundation, a charity in Kolkata, India working with children in slums to end the cycle of poverty. She was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Mark Grantham is a familiar sight on Newmarket's Broadway.
Over the course of 23 years Mr Grantham has sold more than 50,000 chocolate bars operating from a position on the popular shopping strip.
In doing so he has raised more than $39,000 for World Vision. Mr Grantham has been affected by cerebral palsy and raises money to sponsor children.
He has shared his story of selling chocolate bars to make a difference in the world with schools, community groups, churches and as a presenter at seminars and conferences internationally. For services to the community he was awarded the Queen's Service Medal.
Barrie Travis recently retired after 24 years as a judge - the second longest-serving Judge of the Employment or Labour courts.
He acted from time to time as Chief Judge of the Employment Court, has given guest lectures in employment law and been a frequent presenter at law conferences.
As a judge Mr Travis contributed to the development of employment law.
For his services to the judiciary he was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order.
- East And Bays Courier
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