Award `bit of a shock' for Treadwell

22:26, Jun 03 2012
UPSTANDING: Hugh Treadwell.
UPSTANDING: Hugh Treadwell.

Hugh Treadwell has been feeling slightly uneasy about his nomination for a Queen's Birthday honour.


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"I'm a bit embarrassed actually," he said. "It all came as a bit of a shock."

Mr Treadwell has received the Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.

He has a long association with the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand (RAS).

Mr Treadwell became an executive member in 1973 and president from 1987 to 1990. He led a group of New Zealand RAS members to Scotland for the Commonwealth conference in Edinburgh in 1984 and was deputy leader of the delegation to Melbourne in 1985.

He has been the society's convener of awards and history of the RAS in New Zealand. Mr Treadwell was a board member of the Ruanui Charitable Rest Home in Taihape for 14 years, including three as chair, and helped raise over $1m to leave the trust debt-free. He has continued to support not-for-profit organisations since he and wife Sue moved to Taupo in 2001.

Taupo man David Land received a Queen's Service Medal after a life devoted to voluntary work, including the planting of thousands of trees at Highland Drive, giving his time to help fellow farmers, and was a regular volunteer working with bees.


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