Ballantyne honoured for business service

Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013

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Richard Ballantyne has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to business and the community.

He has been a director of iconic Canterbury retailer J Ballantyne and Co since 1985 and was managing director from 1996 for a period of about 16 years.

He recently took over as Ballantynes chairman from Peter Cox, who had held the role for about 16-17 years and who remains a director.

Ballantynes is the oldest department store in New Zealand, founded in 1854 with its main store in Christchurch's central business district. It has survived difficult periods including the devastating fire in November 1947 that killed 41 employees.

The retailer also went through an eight-month rebuild after the February 2011 earthquake.

Richard Ballantyne is a community board member of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and chair of the St Barnabas Rebuild Appeal.

He is a past president and life member of the NZ Retailers Association, and a past board member of the Christchurch Central City Business Association and the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce.

Ballantyne has been involved in Christchurch's Re:Start mall, a project designed to bring some vitality back into the heart to city's quake damaged central business district.

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