Education worker credits the pupils
Christopher Haines, of Invercargill, has been awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to education.
Mr Haines has served on various school boards of trustees in Southland for 21 years and is chairman of the Trinity Schools board, which encompasses St Joseph's Invercargill, St Patrick's Nightcaps and St Teresa's Bluff.
It felt humbling to receive the award, he said. "At the end of the day my work in education is all down to the pupils in the schools, who deserve credit."
He had been involved with education since 1992 and thoroughly enjoyed it. "Being a member [of a board ] is all about maintaining good governance which leads to quality and safety, he said.
Mr Haines is a senior police constable in the commercial vehicle investigation unit in Winton.
"I get great support from police with the work I do," he said.
Mr Haines was previously chairman of the Riverton Primary School board of trustees for six years and chairman of Aparima College board of trustees for four years.
He was elected to the Southland region executive of the New Zealand School Trustees Association in 1996 and has served as chairman since 1998.
He was a member of the national executive from 1998 to 2000, deputy president from 2000 to 2004 and president from 2004 to 2006.
He has served on the national board since 2006.
The Southland Times