Stalwarts from southern region recognised in Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list
The efforts of community stalwarts from Southland, Central Otago and Queenstown have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday honours.
Twelve people have been honoured for their services in sport, health and foster care, amongst other things.
Lynley Dear, of Invercargill, was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for her services as an author and to historical research.
The honour came as a total surprise to her, she said.
Graeme Humphries, of Te Anau, was awarded the QSM for services to the New Zealand Fire Service.
He has been a fireman for 42 years, and the last 15 as chief for the Te Anau Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Being honoured was "pretty special", he said.
Graeme Robertson, of Riverton, was awarded the QSM for his services to sport.
Whitestone cheesemaker Bob Berry, of Queenstown, was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the cheese industry.
Margaret Bruss, of Alexandra, was also made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to netball.
Wanaka woman Bev Clark said being appointed a member of the NZM for her services to health was a bit unreal.
She fought to help save Dunstan Hospital and said it was worth the tears and angst.
Dr Garry Nixon, of Alexandra, was also made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The medical officer for Dunstan Hospital received his honour for his services to rural health.
Stuart Heal, of Cromwell, was also named in the Queen's Birthday honours as a member of the MNZM for his services to cricket at the community.
He has been chair of NZ Cricket since 2013 and oversaw the co-hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Life member of Cycling NZ and Cycling Southland Graham Sycamore was honoured for his services to cycling, while Invercargill city councillor Neil Boniface was honoured for his services to local government and the community.
The honour had come out of the blue, he said.
Invercargill couple Lynda and John Mooij were also recognised, for their lengthy services to foster care.
Together the pair have fostered more than 21 special needs children and currently have three "forever" children.