Six of Manukau's best honoured by the Queen
Constable Bryan of TV’s Bryan and Bobby fame is one of six people in the Manukau Courier’s circulation area awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Joining him are Mangere Bridge identities Bill and Naomi Kirk, Pacific stalwart Pefi Kingi and JPs Nguyen Phu Dang and Christine King.
Nguyen Phu DANG JP, Mangere – for services to the Vietnamese community:
Mr Dang is a founder member of the Auckland Vietnamese Friendship Association, has been its president for many years and is involved in promoting the wellbeing of Vietnamese people in New Zealand.
He was president of the Vietnamese Association of Auckland, secretary of the United Vietnamese Buddhist Association and has been an announcer of a Vietnamese programme on local radio for many years.
A voluntary adviser and tutor of English to Vietnamese, he also organises social activities for them and helps new migrants.
Christine Jennifer KING JP, Manurewa – for services to the community:
Mrs King was instrumental in setting up carriage driving in New Zealand and was the inaugural secretary of the New Zealand Carriage Driving Society.
She’s held many offices in the New Zealand Motorcaravan Association. The convener of national rallies, she has also served on the national executive and is a life member.
St Peter’s Church in Pakuranga has benefited from Mrs King’s voluntary services for 30 years and she has also volunteered at Christ Church in Pakuranga.
Au’Birthly (Pefi) KINGI, Mangere Bridge – for services to the Pacific Island community:
Ms Kingi has devoted her whole life to working in the Pacific island and Niuean communities, mainly in education.
She has also been a leader in Pacific mental health and women’s and youth development.
She has started several community groups including Pacific Island Women’s Health Project, the national Pacific suicide prevention group, the Aoga Niue language nest, the Tialetafa Trust, the Matakau Vagahau Niue (Niue Language Committee) and the Tu Tagaloa Trust.
She was on the national Pacific advisory committee to the ministerial task force on family violence and advised the Pacific Islands Youth Leadership Trust.
Ernest Bongard (Bill) KIRK, Mangere Bridge –for services to local body affairs and the community:
A Manukau city councillor from 1989 to 2001, Mr Kirk was also a Mangere Community Board member and a foundation member of Keep Manukau Beautiful, the Aviation Country Club, the Mangere Bridge Community Patrol and the Mangere Bridge Community Development and Cultural Trust.
As chairman of the Mangere Mountain Domain Board he was instrumental in establishing the playing fields there.
He was significantly involved in the Mangere Bridge Residents Protest Committee and in solving the problem of odours and insects coming from the wastewater treatment plant at Mangere. He is a member of Watercare’s community liaison committee.
A trustee of St James Church for more than 40 years he is also a member of Mangere Health Resources Trust and the Mangere Bridge Historical Society.
He played a big part in raising funds for the Mangere Bridge War Memorial Hall and with his wife Naomi in establishing the hanging baskets displayed in Mangere Bridge village.
Naomi Diane KIRK, Mangere Bridge – for services to the community:
Mrs Kirk has served 17 years as a voluntary marriage guidance counsellor in Auckland and was a member of the Mangere Community Board from 1998 to 2001. She’s been involved with Keep Manukau Beautiful and Mangere Graffiti Busters and rallied support for tree planting in Mangere Bridge Village.
She was also involved in the Bridge Book Group, which she started, the Residents and Ratepayers Association, the Bridge Community Patrol, the Community Development and Cultural Trust, Genesis Youth Project, Mangere Bridge Playcentre, Mangere Historical Society and the SPCA.
Bryan Emlyn WARD, Otahuhu – for services to the New Zealand police:
Constable Ward has served in the police for more than 10 years, mainly as Otahuhu’s community constable.
Notable for his work with local residents, he has helped improve community safety.
He has worked with youth in the area, conducted work on youth gangs and visited local schools with at-risk youth to conduct presentations about gangs.
He developed the television series Bryan and Bobby, an educational puppet show that also tours local schools dealing with issues such as keeping safe, stealing, tagging and respect.
A volunteer with Duffy Books in Homes, the Variety Club and the South Auckland Health Foundation, Mr Ward is also a Kidz First Children’s Hospital ambassador.