Selfless volunteers honoured for services

GOOD SAMARITAN: Taxi driver Shin-Kee (Daniel) Chung with his daughter Esther hands out food and drink to passers-by.
GOOD SAMARITAN: Taxi driver Shin-Kee (Daniel) Chung with his daughter Esther hands out food and drink to passers-by.

A sceptic, a community policeman, the brains behind the Farmy Army and a man who provides free meals to the homeless are among those recognised in the 2013 New Year honours.

Senior Sergeant Roy Appley, for services to the police and community.

Vital food supplies to eastern suburbs residents after the February 2011 earthquake were co-ordinated by Appley, who many regarded as a saviour for those families whose lives were disrupted.

COMMUNITY-MINDED: Roy Appley co-ordinated the delivery of vital food supplies to the eastern suburbs.
COMMUNITY-MINDED: Roy Appley co-ordinated the delivery of vital food supplies to the eastern suburbs.

The sub-area supervisor of the New Brighton police district for more than three years, he set up support systems after the quakes.

He established a food distribution centre at the New Brighton police station and co-ordinated community groups and volunteers to provide support and deliver supplies.

Appley also works as a counsellor for the Salvation Army and liaises with high-risk sexual offenders before their release from prison and maintains contact with them to manage their risk to the community.

VICKI HYDE: The voice of reason.
VICKI HYDE: The voice of reason.

He is the police manager on a community justice panel being trialled by Community Law Canterbury.
Appley joined the police in 1986.

Laurence Cooney (deceased), for services to business, law and the community.

Cooney used his expertise to help many charitable trusts and associations in Mid-Canterbury.

CLEAN-UP GUY: John Hartnell was the driving force behind the Farmy Army, which helped clear Christchurch of earthquake silt.
CLEAN-UP GUY: John Hartnell was the driving force behind the Farmy Army, which helped clear Christchurch of earthquake silt.

He held trustee and directorship roles on several organisations, including the Ashburton Loan and Building Society, the Canterbury Building Society and the Mid and South Canterbury Trust.

He was instrumental in giving his legal and business services to create an irrigation scheme in Mid-Canterbury.

His other significant role was as a coroner. Appointed in 1977, he held that position for 30 years.

CLEAN-UP GUY: John Hartnell was the driving force behind the Farmy Army, which helped clear Christchurch of earthquake silt.
CLEAN-UP GUY: John Hartnell was the driving force behind the Farmy Army, which helped clear Christchurch of earthquake silt.

Cooney served as a member of the National Law Society's business and property law committee, the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and the Lawyers Conveyancers and Disciplinary Tribunal.

John Hartnell, for services to the community and beekeeping.

A key figure in the bee products industry for more than 30 years, it was his response to the Canterbury earthquakes that gained him prominence.

He was the driving force behind forming the Federated Farmers Farmy Army that helped residents clean up silt after the quakes.

The farmers also delivered food parcels and helped vulnerable families for several weeks.

As chairman of Federated Farmers Bees since 2007, Cooney represented it on import health standards, biosecurity and hazardous substances and sat on the Bee Products Standards Council.

His company, Hartnell and Associates, has built business relationships with Asia, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Britain.

Vicki Hyde, for services to science.

The voice of sceptics in New Zealand, Hyde has helped promote the public's understanding of science for 25 years.

As a science writer, she has contributed articles and commentary to print and television.

The founding editor and publisher of New Zealand Science Monthly from 1990 to 2000, she has delivered conference presentations for a variety of science groups.

She was awarded a Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand and was a founding member of the leadership team for the Canterbury Software Cluster.

Her most prominent role was chairwoman of the New Zealand Skeptics from 1992 to 2009, and she continues to be its media spokeswoman and face of the organisation.

David Saunders, for services to land search and rescue.

Many lives are owed to the five decades of services Saunders has given to the search and rescue movement.

A volunteer since 1960, he was appointed as a land search and rescue adviser to the police 40 years ago, making him often the first point of contact for police in many search and rescue operations.

As well as helping to co-ordinate rescue operations, Saunders is involved in organising regional training, exercises and competitions to keep other volunteers skilled.

His mentoring has helped hundreds of volunteers over the years and is credited with helping save many lives.

He was a founding member of the high-country firefighting team and served on the Lake Sumner Forest Park Board.

Saunders is a life member of the North Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association.

Queen's Service Order (QSO)

Ross Gordon, for services to Land, Search and Rescue

Regarded as a world leader in search and rescue training, Gordon has helped thousands learn about the skills needed to help find missing people and save lives.

Now based in Methven, he got a taste of search and rescue as a 13-year-old when he joined Horowhenua Search and Rescue in 1972, later joining the police to help them co-ordinate searches.

He helped establish LandSAR, the national volunteer organisation, and also developed training courses for police and the public that over the past 20 years have been delivered to thousands of New Zealanders.

Queen's Service Medal (QSM)

Brian Adams, for services to cricket

A man with more than half a century's ties to cricket in Canterbury has been recognised for his efforts.

Adams played for the Burnside-West Christchurch University Club from 1959 to 1988 and was made a life member, but one of his most enduring contributions was producing histories of the club for its 75th anniversary in 1980 and its centennial celebrations in 2005.

As a statistician, he has produced a report on the trends of New Zealand cricket every year for the past 21 years.

Warren Barker, for services to the community

A key figure behind the continued success of the Caroline Bay summer carnival at Timaru, he has helped play a part in that event for four decades.

He joined the Caroline Bay Association as a volunteer when he was 13 and has served on its executive for more than 25 years, including 16 years as president.

Its entertainment chairman for eight years, he has organised artists to perform at the annual family carnival.

David Blackwell, for services to tennis

The former longserving chief executive of Canterbury Tennis has given more than 30 years service to the sport.

A key person behind many successful national and international tennis ties in the region, Blackwell spearheaded a fundraising campaign to rebuild the Wilding Park tennis facility that was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake.

He also developed a primary school tennis programme that attracts more than 15,000 young players annually.

Shin-Kee (Daniel) Chung, for services to the community

He has provided free meals to homeless people in Christchurch for the past five years and spends between $100 and $300 of his own money each week to buy food for them.

His generosity attracts up 100 people who line up each Sunday in Latimer Square to receive food prepared by Chung and his family.

Mike Jacka, for services as a geotechnical engineer

A key figure in writing technical guidelines for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, Jacka also helped communicate the issues of land damage to homeowners across the region.

He has spent the past 12 years developing engineering solutions for liquefaction problems across the country but came into his own when the earth repeatedly moved in Canterbury over the past two years. He also helped co-ordinate the engineers who mapped the effects of the quakes across the region.

Chief fire officer Rob Lunn, for services to the Fire Service

A member of the Brunner volunteer brigade for 35 years, he has served as its chief for the past 24 years and wrote the brigade's 50-year history.

Lunn has been a high-ranking administrator for many years, serving on the provincial and sub-associations since the mid-1980s, and was elected patron of the provincial body last year.

Since 2009, he has been a judge at national competitions and a national referee judging the next generation of firefighters.

Rhondda Moffitt, for services to sport and the community

A stalwart of Canterbury netball, Moffiitt has also given valuable service to the Christchruch City Mission over the years.

She has enjoyed a long association with the St Nicholas Netball Club between 1951 and 2012, holding various office-bearing roles as well as coaching teams for nearly 50 years.

A former vice-president of Canterbury Netball, she also headed Canterbury Netball Umpires.

The other sport that has gained from her passion and abilities is tennis. Moffitt has worked with the Redcliffs Tennis Club for a decade and is involved in junior inter-club competitions.

An eight-year member of the City Mission's divisional committee, she also sat on its social services and finance sub-committees.

Jenny Prattley, for services to the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

More than three decades of service to animals and their welfare has been recognised.

Prattley has been involved with the Canterbury SPCA since 1980 and managed the group since 1989.

She has held several key roles dealing with animal ethics and has advised the Ministry of Agriculture on matters concerning animals in research and teaching.

Terence Tuanui, for services to the community

An identity on the Chatham Islands for more than 40 years, Tuanui has been a leading figure in that community, contributing in a variety of ways.

A former deputy mayor and councillor, he helped form the Chatham Islands Conservation Board in 1991 and has served on its television and radio society while maintaining a 20-year chairmanship of Chatham Islands Electricity.

Tuanui has served as a justice of the peace since 1995

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