Waikato's New Year Honours recipients

Last updated 09:12 31/12/2013

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ONZM - Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit

Mr Bernard Thomas Crosby and his wife Ann Kaye Crosby of Hamilton for services to business and philanthropy.

Bernie and Kaye Crosby founded one of New Zealand's largest privately owned and operated food businesses - Prolife Foods Ltd - in 1984.

They managed it until the mid-2000s and still serve as directors.

After Mr Crosby's diagnosis with Parkinson's they launched the Neuro Research Charitable Trust in 2013, which aims to raise $1 million over five years.

Mr and Mrs Crosby have supported sporting, cultural, and health-related ventures including the Waikato Magic netball team, the MESH Sculpture Trust, and Hamilton Gardens, as well as numerous educational and recreational grants to community organisations.

MNZM - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Mrs Karyn Wendy Fenton-Ellis of Te Akau Stud, Ngaruawahia, for services to the community, arts and racing.

Karyn Fenton-Ellis' work has included horse racing, arts and culture, and drug abuse education.

She is the Director of Te Akau Racing in New Zealand and Singapore, and was described as "a trail-blazer for New Zealand racing broadcasting as the inaugural presenter for Trackside TV and Radio Trackside".

Mrs Fenton-Ellis has been national and world president of service organisation Jaycees, and has also been national director of drug abuse resistance education for the New Zealand Police.

When she was sponsorship manager for Tower Limited she implemented arts sponsorships including major works by Opera New Zealand.

QSO - Companion of the Queen's Service Order

Mr Rex Edward Hawkins, JP, of Taupo, for services to the community.

Rex Hawkins was one of the longest serving councillors in the Taupo District, serving from 1977 to 2007, and on a variety of councils.

His roles included deputy mayor and committee chair, and he was also involved in an iwi liaison group.

Mr Hawkins has also held numerous community roles, including member of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation Advisory Committee and the Lake Taupo Advisory Board, president of the Taupo Club, and secretary/treasurer of the Taupo Rugby sub-union.

QSM - Queen's Service Medal

Mr George Bruce Darvill of Paeroa, for services to the community

Bruce Darvill has served Paeroa as chairperson of the local trust, his parish, and roles on various other organisations.

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He has been a trustee and chairperson of the Paeroa Community Support Trust and led several projects, including the development of the Paeroa skate and leisure centre.

He is a member of the Paeroa Co-operating Parish, and also fitted in various community roles, like inaugural chair of the Paeroa Community Link, and committee member and champion of the family violence It's Not OK In Paeroa campaign.

Mrs Jacqueline Nuki McVinnie of Hamilton for services to ecclesiastical embroidery

Jill McVinnie has designed and produced ecclesiastical vestments, altar frontals and other liturgical furnishings on a voluntary basis for the past 55 years.

Her work has a distinctly New Zealand flavour with incorporated Maori motifs and designs, and our flora and landscapes.

She has also recreated the work of artists in embroidery, and was the Waikato convenor for the stage hangings gifted to the New Globe Theatre in London to celebrate its opening.

Mrs Barbara Joan Taranaki, JP, of Cambridge, for services to the community

Barbara Taranaki was a councillor for the Waipa District Council from 1992 to 2013 and has played an important role in multiple local organisations.

She was a member of the Cambridge community board, and has spent 20 years as a trustee of the Waipa Networks Trust, and been involved with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce for 28 years.

She has been chair of the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre and has been Chairperson of the Waipa Heritage Committee for the past six years.

Mr Allan Webb of the Regent Theatre, Te Awamutu, for services to the film industry

Allan Webb has been involved in the film industry in New Zealand for 52 years, and moved from ticket collector at his local cinema to owner of The Regent cinema in Te Awamutu.

He is known to keep up with the latest developments in cinema, sound and picture technology and 70,000-80,000 people attend his cinema every year.

Mr Webb is a skilled film historian, innovator, conservator, and exhibitor, has a large collection of film memorabilia, and regularly helps with local fundraisers.

Mr Graham Allan Wilshier, of Otorohanga, for services to the community.

Graham Wilshier has given decades of voluntary service to his community of Otorohanga, particularly supporting local rugby to provide opportunities for young people.

He was said to be instrumental in developing the Otorohanga Rugby Club into an asset in a rural area that at times struggles to retain its young people.

He has supported many local organisations through his family timber company and has served on a local college board, district council, and the community board.

- Waikato

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