Six Queen's Birthday Honours awarded to East Aucklanders gallery

John Roy-Woljciechowski, of Howick, has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
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John Roy-Woljciechowski, of Howick, has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The efforts of people in the East Auckland community have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The honours system provides a way for New Zealand to thank and congratulate people who have served their communities and to recognise people's achievements. Anyone can nominate anyone for an honour.

Graeme Steel, of Pakuranga, has been named an Officer of New Zealand's Order of Merit for his services to sport.

Ray Haffenden, of Howick, has received membership of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
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Ray Haffenden, of Howick, has received membership of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Steel is chief executive of Drug Free Sport NZ and a world-renowned expert on anti-doping.

He was integral in forming the NZ Sports Drug Agency, which took over the NZ Olympic Committee's anti-doping programme in 1994. The organisation became Drug Free Sport NZ in 2006.

Steel has been involved in all areas of anti-doping, including developing and administering testing and education programmes.

In the mid-1990s he was part of the team which developed the international standard for doping control, from which the current international standard for testing was drawn.

He was seconded to the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to assist in the oversight of the doping control programme.

He's also served on World Anti-Doping Agency independent observer panels at a range of large international sporting events.

Hamish Crooks, of Flat Bush, has been made a Member of the Order for his services to the Pacific community.

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Crooks has been chief executive of Pacific Homecare since 2010, which provides home-based healthcare services to disabled and elderly Pacific people who wish to continue living at home and in their communities.

In 2001 he established the management consultancy company 4PM Group Ltd, specialising in community development, project management, and organisational management.

He's a former chair of the Pacific Business Trust and has been an active member of The Second Nature Trust, which established the Vodafone Pacific Events Centre and Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau.

Crooks is also involved with the recovery of the Cook Islands Maori language project and is the trustee of Fonua Ola Network Trust and the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust. He's also held a range of board memberships.

His previous awards include the SunPix Pacific Peoples Award 2016 and the Pasifika Medical Association Services Award 2016.

John Roy-Wojciechowski, of Howick, has been made a Member of the Order for his services to the Polish community and philanthropy.

Roy-Wojciechowski has been a founding member of the Auckland, Wellington, and New Zealand Polish Associations, and of the Otago Heritage Trust.

He was the honorary consul in Auckland for Poland from 1998 to 2013, and in 2004 he funded the establishment of the Polish Heritage Trust Museum in Howick.

He's also been involved with a range of community organisations in Howick and sponsored sports clubs.

Roy-Wojciechowski has served on the committee of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, where he's driven fundraising initiatives for various school and church upgrades.

He was board chairman for the northern region of the Life Education Trust, during which time he led fundraising efforts to increase the number of mobile classrooms available.

He has also been awarded an Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit in the Republic of Poland.

Ray Haffenden, of Howick, has been named a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to rugby league.

Haffenden is a former rugby league player who coached the NZ Junior Kiwis from 1989 to 1990 and managed the Kiwis from 1990 to 1995.

He was elected to the NZ Rugby League Board in 1992, serving until 1995, before being re-elected to the board and taking over as chairman in 2007. He was vice-chairman of NZRL from 2006 to 2016.

He also served on the judiciary for Bartercard Cup games and the NZRL judiciary panel.

Haffenden was a national selector and convenor from 1992 to 1995, a Junior Kiwis selector from 1986 to 1990, and is a life member of the Linwood Rugby League Club in Christchurch and of the NZRL.

He is chairman of the NZRL Kiwis Association, president of the NZRL Southern Zone, and vice-chairman of the NZRL Museum Committee.

As a player he represented Linwood Keas in the Canterbury club competition, as well as a number of games for Canterbury and as a representative for the South Island against Great Britain in 1974.

​He also coached Canterbury and the South Island representative teams in 1982 and from 1984 to 1988.

Haffenden was awarded the Local Hero Award at the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2014.

Fraser Faulknor, of Pakuranga Heights, had been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for his services to children, education and music.

Faulknor has a background in teaching, music and the care of vulnerable young people and was director of the Dingwall Trust's Care Programme from 1979 to 2000.

He navigated considerable change within the social welfare system during this period, including registering Dingwall as a child and family support service in 1989.

This allowed Dingwall to be made legally responsible for some children not covered by CYF and for these placements to be government funded.

Other beneficial initiatives he introduced to Dingwall included visiting social workers, the decentralisation of Dingwall into individual houses, and a boarding school programme.

He also coordinated the establishment of the NZ Association of Child and Family Support and Community Services in 2000.

Since retiring from Dingwall he has been manager of the Auckland Boys' Choir and a member of its board for the past 15 years.

Faulknor has been involved with many singing events such as The Big Sing and the APPA Singing Festival, and in 2011 was instrumental in establishing the Young At Heart choral group.

Gair McRae, of Howick, receives a Queen's Service Medal for her services to theatre and youth.

McRae has taught drama to the children and youth of Huntly, Maraetai, St Heliers, Bucklands Beach, and Howick for more than 50 years.

She established the Huntly Children's Theatre in 1962, before moving north where she taught drama from her Howick home and at the Howick Little Theatre Youth group.

In 1969 she established the Bucklands Beach Children's Theatre. Her belief in the importance of providing children with quality performance experiences often saw her self-fund props, running costs and hall hire.

McRae later established Uxbridge Children's and Youth Theatre, now the Howick Children's and Youth Theatre, where she's taught thousands of children.

 - Stuff

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