West Aucklanders honoured in New Year's list
Four west Aucklanders have been recognised in the 2017 New Years Honours list.
Massey resident Jason Wynyard has been honoured for his services to the sport of wood chopping, and will receive a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) medal. He has won over 200 world championship titles.
Amongst them, Wynyard has won five individual Timbersport World Championships in the years 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He has also won the Tony Wise All-Around Champion at the World Lumberjack Championships for 14 years, up to 2012.
Wynyard has helped promote the sport of wood chopping to youth by promoting the Hot Saw Competition which has had an increase in membership from young people, a press release said.
One of New Zealand's top poets, Paula Green, has also been honoured and will receive a MNZM medal.
The Kumeu resident is recognised for her services as a poet and to the art of literature, having supported New Zealand literature for the last 30 years.
Green published her first collection, Cookhouse in 1997 and has published a further six volumes since.
She has written five children's books since 2006, including the award-winning book Letterbox Cat and Other Poems.
Waitakere resident Lynda Williams has too been honoured for her services to women's health, receiving a MNZM medal.
With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Williams has advocated for women's health nationally and has been played a part in establishing women's health organisations.
She opened the Auckland Caesarean Support Group in 1984 and has been a coordinator for the Auckland Women's Health Council and the Auckland Maternity Services Consumer Council since the early 1990s.
For his services to the Pacific community, Ranui resident Revered Pelu Tuai has been honoured and will receive a Queen's Service medal.
He has been involved with the Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. For the past 11, Tuai has pushed to establish a church and hall facility for his Samoan parish and the Pacific community.
Tuai was a large part of creating the Ranui Youth in Motion Trust, established to support youth from the Ranui community.
He has also been involved with the Ministry of Education in creating the programme Achieving Through Pasifika Languages to help youth learn the Samoan language. This began in 2012.