Five from Hutt named for Queen's honours

Last updated 09:55 05/06/2012

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Irene Livingston, who helped to re-establish premises for the Hutt Rape Counselling Network, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

She's one of five Hutt residents named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The Petone resident has worked for 14 years as a crisis interventionist/sexual assault support worker.

The network's centre provide a safe place where medical, forensic, counselling and police support can be provided.

In her role as a crisis support worker Ms Livingston responds to police call-outs when sexual assault or rape cases are reported, often making herself available 24/7 to provide prompt assistance. Her links with victims can last right through until the conclusion of court processes, which can take 12 to 18 months.

Erin McMenamin, from Epuni, was granted the Queen's Service Medal for her work as founder of SuperGrans Aotearoa Inc. The group provides home management training for low income families across New Zealand.

Mrs McMenamin has established 15 branches of SuperGrans nationwide and has overseen the international spread of the initiative to Australia and England. She advised the Ministry of Social Development on the scheme which led to the establishment of the SAGES initiative, a community-based mentoring programme providing home management skills.

A Queen's Service Medal has also gone to Frances Pointon, of Petone, for services to Maori and the deaf community.

Ms Pointon is a Maori community liaison officer with Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand. She introduces students to New Zealand Sign Language and is a member of the Maori Disability Leadership Group that advises the Ministry of Health on Maori disability and deaf issues. She has worked with both Massey and Victoria Universities in the development of sign language and is leading the development of te ao Maori sign language to improve Maori deaf access.

Vicki Wall's Queen's Service Medal is for services to people with disabilities.

Mrs Wall trained as a psychopaedic nurse in the 1980s, caring for and supporting people with an intellectual disability. Nursing in this field is her passion and has fuelled her working life.

In the 1990s she worked with many others to establish the Dawn Trust, a community-based service in the Hutt Valley for people with an intellectual disability who had lived in institutional care.

Dr Thomas Clarkson receives a Queens Service medal for his 40 year contribution to search and rescue. He has been a rescue advisor to Wellington Police for 26 years.

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A volunteer position, it carries considerable responsibility providing police with advice on the area searches are being conducted in.

Since 2001, he has also been involved in establishing the Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand and has been involved in the training of hundreds of volunteers.

He was involved at a high level with the Mt Erebus DC10 crash, the Karla Cardno abduction and the Coral Burrows search.

The retired meteorologist lives in York Bay.

- Hutt News

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