South Canterbury trio receive their honours
Three New Zealanders with South Canterbury connections received their Queen's Birthday Honours at a ceremony at Government House in Wellington yesterday.
Timaru-born pianist Michael Houstoun, now based in the Manawatu, became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music.
Houstoun has been recognised for championing New Zealand music and regularly features works from New Zealand composers Douglas Lilburn and John Psathas in his programmes.
He overcame the potentially career-ending condition focal hand dystonia through physiotherapy and acupuncture.
His anthology of New Zealand composers won Best Classical Album at the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards.
Houstoun has been awarded honorary doctorates in literature and music from Massey University and Victoria University respectively.
Timaru woman Alison Linscott, a stalwart of the Plunket and Presbyterian Church support groups, received her Queen's Service Medal yesterday.
Mrs Linscott has also been a member of Amnesty International in South Canterbury since 1984, was chairwoman of the Trade Aid Trust and provided fundraising for the start of the Life Education Trust.
She now serves as a committee member of the Women's Loan Fund and South Canterbury branch of the National Council of Women.
Omarama man Jim Morris was also presented with the Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.
He raised more than $100,000 for charity through his poetry, in particular for the Cancer Society and Age Concern, through sales of his books and CDs of his poems.
A conservationist, he has been an advocate for the South Island high country and has assisted other farmers with their tenure reviews.
Mr Morris initiated the High Country Carbon Project, comparing total carbon sequestration between retired and grazed land.
He now teaches outdoor skills and work skills, as a volunteer, at Mt Aspiring College.
Musician Jordan Luck and author Owen Marshall will receive their honours today.
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