Recognition for services to agriculture, environment
Tom Lambie awarded in NY HonoursNATASHA THYNE
Since starting farming in 1982, Tom Lambie has seen a lot of change in the agricultural industry.
When he was first appointed Dairy Chair of Federated Farmers South Canterbury in 1987 - he held the position until 1990 - there were only six members and there was not a lot of dairy farming in South Canterbury.
Now New Zealand's agricultural industry is booming, and for his services Mr Lambie has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in this year's New Year Honours.
Mr Lambie said he was honoured and pleased by the recognition, for not only himself but also because it recognised the good things agriculture can do for New Zealand.
Mr Lambie has been an Environment Canterbury Commissioner since 2010 and Chancellor of Lincoln University since 2005.
Through his work he wants to encourage innovation and initiative to finding solutions to environmental issues.
He has also been chair of the Opuha Water Partnership since 2007, having been involved in the development of the Opuha water storage dam from 1996.
In 1994, he was appointed provincial president of Federated Farmers South Canterbury, and joined the Federated Farmers board in 1996 as national vice-president.
He has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics for the Minister of Statistics since 2009 and chair since 2011.
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