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New Zealand Honours List


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Companion of the Queens Service Order – for public services

Hugh Campbell  Templeton (At King’s High School 1945 to 1947)

 Hugh was Head Prefect in 1947, CSM of B Company in the Military Cadets and a member of the rugby committee. At the Prize giving he was awarded a General Excellence Price in English, French, Latin and History. He was a member of the First Rugby Fifteen and the First Cricket Eleven.

Hugh Templeton was born in Wyndham, Southland, in 1929. He was educated at Gore High School, King’s High School, the University of Otago, and then as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University in 1952–53.

From 1954 to 1969 Hugh served with the New Zealand Department of External Affairs, first in London, and then in Wellington, before going as the last Deputy High Commissioner of Western Samoa to prepare specially for independence and then to New York to assist secure Samoa’s post-independence aid programmes, under Guy Powles. From 1965 to 1969 Hugh served in Wellington working on Asian and European and Defence affairs, before being elected to Parliament.

Hugh was elected as MP for Awarua in Southland in 1969 to 1972 From 1972–1975, he was executive assistant to the Leaders of the Opposition, Jack Marshall and then Robert Muldoon. He was re-elected to Parliament in 1975 for the Wellington electorate of Karori. The electorate was renamed Ohariu and was represented by Templeton until the 1984 election.

He was appointed to various positions in communications and economic portfolios during the Muldoon National Government of 1975–1984. Hugh was Minister of Revenue (1977–1982) and Minister of Trade and Industry (1981–1984) with responsibility for ANZCER (Australia – New Zealand Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement). He also worked with the Prime Minister on stimulating New Zealand’s onshore petroleum programme as part of Think Big. He wrote a book All Honourable Men: Inside the Muldoon Cabinet 1975–1984 on this period.

Hugh lost his seat with the election of the Fourth Labour Government in 1984.

Queens Service Order – for public services

Ian Campbell Templeton (At King’s High School 1945 to 1946)

Southern honours: Ian Campbell Templeton | Otago Daily Times Online News

Ian is a veteran New Zealand political reporter who celebrated 50 years of reporting the New Zealand Parliament from the press gallery in 2007. He has written several books on politics. He was the only print journalist to get a weekly one-on-one briefing with Prime Minister Helen Clark.

He was educated at King’s High School, Dunedin, and completed an economics degree at the University of Otago. After university he was a general reporter for two years at the Otago Daily Times.

Templeton was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1994 New Year Honours, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2010 New Year Honours, both for services to journalism.

In May 2011 he was conferred an honorary doctorate by Massey University

Member of the Order of the British Empire – for services to sport and broadcasting

Peter John Montgomery (At King’s High School (1956 – 1960)

Marie R Aubin – services to education and the community

(King’s High school Staff 1973 to 1987)


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Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit  (CNZM)

Colin Campbell Fraser (at Kings High School 1945 – 1948)

In 1947 he gained a General Excellence Prize (in English, French, Latin, History and Chemistry) He was a Sergeant in the school’s military cadet unit.

After leaving Kings Colin studied law at the University of Otago. He was awarded the Law Society Book Prizes in Company Law and Bankruptcy, Trusts and Torts. He gained his LL.B in 1955.

The Honourable Colin Campbell Fraser – of Christchurch; judge of the High Court 1989–1996.

Queens Service Medal – for Services to the Community

Denis Ian Dove – of Oamaru. (At Kings High School 1957 – 1960)

Queens Service Order for public services

Malcolm J C Templeton ( Kings high School 1936 to 1940), Staff 1945.

1940 : Malcolm James Campbell Templeton

Malcolm James Campbell Templeton, came to the School from Gore High School during the second term of 1936, and has bad an excellent scholastic record during the whole of his five years at the School. He is a boy of exceptional literary ability and sound historical knowledge, and the school magazine, Wi Kingi, owes more to his guiding hand than to anyone else. He has been on the committee responsible for that school publication for four years, while for the last two years he has been Editor-in-chief. In the newly formed Ambulance Division of the School Cadet corps he has done excellent work.

Malcolm attended King’s High School, where he was dux in 1940. In the next four years he was a student at Otago University, graduating with an MA with first-class honours in Latin and English literature in 1944. Military service followed, after which Secretary of External Affairs Alister McIntosh recruited him to the fledgling Department of External Affairs in 1946. Malcolm spent the next five years in what he later described as ‘a longish apprenticeship’ before being posted as a third secretary in the New Zealand Embassy in Washington.

Malcolm’s talents were recognised early. His first task in the United States was to attend the San Francisco Conference on the Japanese peace settlement, which was preceded by the signing of the Pacific Security (ANZUS) Treaty.

In 1954 Malcolm joined the New Zealand permanent delegation at the United Nations in New York for three years.

Following a period in the department back in Wellington, during which he headed its Defence Division, Malcolm was posted to the New Zealand High Commission in London in 1962. In 1963 he attended the Imperial Defence College.

Returning to Wellington in 1967, Malcolm assumed the role of an assistant secretary in the department; during Jack Marshall’s brief term as prime minister in 1972 he was seconded to Marshall’s office as deputy head of the Prime Minister’s Department. This was followed by his first and only head of mission posting, going back to New York as permanent representative at the United Nations. In 1973-74, he was an influential adviser to Norman Kirk on human rights, Antarctica and apartheid.

Back in Wellington in 1978, Malcolm became deputy secretary of foreign affairs, a position he held until his retirement from the diplomatic service in 1984. During the latter stages of his career in the department, he was much involved in developing New Zealand position in and taking part in the negotiations on the law of the sea convention.

Malcolm was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for public services in 1997.

Malcolm made a Doctor of Literature at the Otago University in 2003 and was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for public services in 1997.


Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for public services, JP

Warren Ernest Cooper, (Attended King’s High School from 1947 to 1948)

Warren was born in Dunedin in 1933. He received his education at Musselborough School and King’s High School. He later moved to Queenstown. He worked as a retailer, a painting, decorating and signwriting contractor, and a motel manager, and also became involved in local politics.

He was first elected to Parliament in the 1975 elections as MP for Otago Central, defeating the newly elected Ian Quigley of the Labour Party. In the 1978 election, he successfully contested the replacement electorate Otago.

Just after the 1978 election, his ministerial career started. He was Minister of Tourism (1978–1981), Minister of Regional Development (1978–1981), Postmaster-General (1980–1981), and Minister of Broadcasting (1981). When Brian Talboys retired from Parliament in 1981, Cooper was appointed to replace him as Minister of Foreign Affairs; he held this position until the government of Rob Muldoon was defeated in 1984. Later, in the government of Jim Bolger, Cooper served as Minister of Defence. Cooper remained in Parliament until the 1996 election, when he stepped aside in favour of Gavan Herlihy. He was Mayor of Queenstown, from 1968 to 1975 and 1995 to 2001.


Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – services to rugby

Laurie W Mains (At King’s high School 1960 to 1964)

Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for Public services.

A. (Andy) Burn (At king’s High School )1937-41 ),

After returning from war service with the Air Force, And)’ shifted northwards to buy a grocery in Ngongotaha in 1946, and has been a town crusader ever since. He was a member of the County Town, and its successor the County Borough Council for 15 years. He battled against chlorination in the water supply, for the re-establishment of a bank in the town, for the rerouting underground of the unsightly power lines through the town centre, and for the reopening of the local police station-when the latter was unsuccessful, he organised fundraising for a police car. A past president of the Ngongotaha Business Association. he recently helped to establish the Ngongotaha Community Association; He is past president patron. and life member of the Rotorua Tramping and Skiing Club a sponsor of the Rotorua Youth Trust, and an active member of the Rotorua Promotion Society, currently he is writing a history of the area.


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Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

The Very Reverend J. S. (John) Murray ( 1943–47) of Raumati was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the community. John was for many years the Presbyterian minister of St Andrew’s church in Wellington, and served a term as a liberal Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand.

New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

 W. N. (Warwick) Larkins ( 1960-63) of Dunedin who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to cricket. This recognises an involvement, both as player and administrator, for more than 40 years, including 25 years as president of the Albion club of which he was made a life-member in 1981. He toured England in 1978 as a scorer for the NZ cricket team, and unexpectedly made his international debut when he played in their one-day match versus Holland in Amsterdam. He was cricket field manager for TVNZ from 1993-96, and has served on the executive of the Otago Netball Association and the Otago Sports Trust. Warwick has been both secretary and president of re KHSOBA and is currently back on the committee.

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Barry Vickerman Cleavin (At King’s High School 1953 to 1958)

Barry is a New Zealand fine art printmaker.

Barry was born in Dunedin in 1939. He moved to Christchurch in 1963, and studied at the University of Canterbury, where his lecturers included Rudi Gopas and Bill Sutton. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons) in 1966.

He continued his education in Hawaii at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, before returning to the University of Canterbury, where he was senior lecturer in printmaking from 1978 to 1990. Barry returned to Dunedin following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, where he set up his studio on Otago Peninsula.

He has received numerous awards for his art, notably becoming the Fulbright Fellow at The Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque in 1983. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury in 2005. He was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the arts, in the 2001 New Year Honours. Barry has represented New Zealand at various international print biennales, in Berlin, Krakow, Ljubljana, Paris, Sapporo, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

His work has long concentrated on etching, but in recent years has also included digital printmaking. His works are hallmarked by a wry surrealism and punning titles, using recurring motifs of animal skeletons, silhouetted horsemen, and shadow patterns. Many of his images make poignant political comments. These themes combined in the 1988 book A Series of Allegations or Taking Allegations Seriously, co-written with A. K. Grant and published by Hazard Press.

Order of Merit ( 1st Class) by the German Government for his promotion of Anglo-German relations.

Rev. Dr P. E. (Paul) Oestreicher (At King’s High School from  1945 to 1949)

The NZ Order of Merit

H. (Ces) Irwin (At King’s High School from 1937 to 40)

Ces was a leader in education at all levels, and in the care of small children. His own education at the University of Otago and at Dunedin Teacher’s College was interrupted by war service in Egypt, Italy, and with the interim occupational forces in Japan, but on his return to NZ he completed his BA, and an MA with honours in History. His first teaching job was a sole-charge position at Blacks ( Ophir ), before shifting to a model school attached to George Street Normal in Dunedin. Active in the NZ Educational Institute (NZEI) he was appointed principal of Wyndham District High-School, before joining the inspectorate in Otago, then district senior inspector in Nelson, before returning to Otago in the same role. In 1969 Ces was appointed principal of Dunedin Teachers’ Training College, and became a persistent advocate for university involvement in teacher education and for closer relations between the two institutions while maintaining their individuality and integrity: he was the “energising force” behind the establishment of the Bachelor of Education degree. Sitting on the national working party for early childhood education, he was also instrumental in bringing the Kindergarten College within the Teachers’ College, and extending the BEd degree to include early childhood education. He was a member of the university senate, the joint board of studies, and the Otago Polytechnic Council. When he retired in 1983, he told the ODT that “Children are the Think Big resource of our society: educated youngsters are our major natural resource;’ and continued working towards improving the life of young people through advocacy roles on the Child Protection Otago Trust, the NZ Life Education Trust, and the NZ Health Camps Board. His work was recognised by the awarding of the NZ Commemoration Medal in 1990, the NZ Order of Merit in 2001, and a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship. Ces was a keen fly fisherman, a member of the Fortune Theatre Board, and a justice of the peace. He suffered personal tragedy in 1975 when involved in a car accident at Rakaia in which his wife Margaret was killed; he later married Isabell, whose husband J. R. (Ross) Sinclair (1947-50) had been killed at Dunrobin in a farming accident in 1965. Ces has been described as having a keen sense of humour, and very strong qualities of tolerance and acceptance; he was a man who made a difference, who was open-minded and not in the least judgemental, and who always made those he spoke to feel as if they mattered.



Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to painting.

Grahame Charles Sydney (At King’s High School from 1962 to 1966)

Grahame has become one of New Zealand’s most significant and enduring artists. His work spans over 4 decades and encompasses oils, watercolours, egg tempera, lithographs, etching and photography. Rarely exhibiting, Grahame’s works are held in private collections throughout the world and represented in the collections of New Zealand’s major galleries and museums. Only occasionally collaborating with dealers, he mainly paints for a private client list. Always a meticulously slow worker, he generally produces no more than six works a year.

Since 2003 he has lived and worked in a remote corner of Central Otago, close to his recurrent subject matter. His wife Fiona is an integral part of his practice and occasional model.

Grahame has travelled twice to Antarctica as guest of the New Zealand Government. Unable to use his usual media due to the extreme temperatures he turned to the camera, which resulted in a resurgence of his long-standing love of photography and the book ‘White Silence, Grahame Sydney’s Antarctica’ (2008).

Always a willing writer, Grahame is the author or significant contributor to several other books including: ‘Grahame Sydney Paintings: 1974 – 2014’, Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago’ (photographs, 2011) ‘Promised Land’ (2009), and the much loved ‘Timeless Land’ (1995 [now in its fifth reprint]).’



Companion of the Order of New Zealand – for Services to Business

Ian F Farrant (At King’s High School 1955 – 1959)

Member of the Order of New Zealand – for Services to the Department of Corrections

Warwick F Duell  (At King’s High School 1958 – 1963)

Member of the Order of New Zealand – for Services to Rugby and the Community

W J (Bill) Townsend (At King’s High School 1954 – 1957)

Queen’s Service Medal – for Services to the New Zealand Police

E L (Lox) Kellas (At King’s High School 1960 – 1966)

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public services.

Graham Charles Fortune (King’s High School 1955 to 1959)

Graham went on to study chemistry and geology at the University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1962 and a Master of Science in 1963.

After leaving university, Graham worked as a journalist for four years on the Dunedin Evening Star. In April 1964 he joined the Department of External Affairs. Initially he was in the South Pacific and Antarctic Affairs Division, and involved with administration of New Zealand’s science and exploration programme in the Ross Dependency and the development of Scott Base. He then had a number of overseas postings, including to the Cook Islands in 1965, five years in Ottawa, and three years in Papua New Guinea. After a secondment to the State Services Commission from 1977 to 1980, he was a senior administrator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for six years before being appointed the deputy secretary of Foreign Affairs. From 1987 to 1990 he served as New Zealand’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and he was High Commissioner to Australia from 1994 to 1999.

Graham was as Secretary of Defence from 1999 until his retirement in 2006. He subsequently served as a board member of Antarctica New Zealand and undertook various consultancy roles for the New Zealand government in the areas of policy and management.

Outside of his career as a public servant, Graham was active in orienteering, and won several Australian and New Zealand championships. He served as vice president of the New Zealand Orienteering Federation from 2007 to 2008, and was a member of the steering committee for the 2013 Orienteering World Cup.

Fortune died suddenly in Auckland on 19 March 2016.[2]



Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to returned services personnel

A.J. (John) Campbell ( At King’s high school from 1952 to 1956)

John attended Teachers’ College before being called up for compulsory military training in 1957 and became a Territorial, before enlisting in the regular army, receiving a commission, then being posted to Vietnam in 1969. He spent almost a decade with the regular force. Upon leaving the regulars in 1979 he re-joined the Territorials taking command of the 3rd Field Ambulance.

That year he became chief administration officer with the Otago Hospital Board before moving into the private sector. In 1982 he joined Command Services Corp being managing director from 1983 to 1985. He retired as a Territorial soldier in 1984 and from 1985 to 1990 was group managing director for Australasia and Asia in the large company ADT Ltd. Between 1992 and 1995 he was owner and director of another substantial firm Temp New Zealand Ltd.

John was made the first honorary colonel of the Royal New Zealand Logistics Regt, colonel commandant of the Royal New Zealand Ordinance Corps, appointed for a 5 year term as a trustee on the National Army Museum board of governors, and the New Zealand Patriotic Funds Board management committee.

During 32 years of service to the RSA, and between 2001 to 2007 he was Dunedin president, Otago-Southland president and RNZRSA national president. After retirement he served the association as the lay member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Health. In Dunedin he made significant contributions at Montecillo Veterans’ Home and Hospital on the management board, a trustee, and its restructuring.

He was a dedicated champion of war veterans’ rights, actively helping to achieve national milestones such as the return of the Unknown Warrior in 2004, the installation of the Year of the Veteran in 2006, and the Government’s public apology to Vietnam veterans.

In 2008 he was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to returned services personnel, and in 2011 received the RNZRSA Badge of Gold, its highest honour for significant service


 ONZM, for services to broadcasting

Murray James Boyd Deaker (At King’s  High School 1958 – 1962)


Murray is, of course, well-known nationally for his books and radio and television work, during which he often mentions his old school.

Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to medicine

Emeritus Professor G. L. (Graham) Hill ( 1953-57)

Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland,

Graham Hill, died in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 28 February after a
prolonged illness.
It was in Dunedin at the University of Otago where Graham
completed his early medical education and where, as a trainee
surgeon in 1968, he met Francis (Franny) Moore. Dr Moore was the
inspiration behind Graham’s decision to pursue an academic
surgical career. After a period as a missionary surgeon in
Indonesia, Graham spent a year in John Goligher’s world-leading
Department of Surgery at the General Infirmary at Leeds,
renowned for its expertise in colorectal surgery. He returned to
the University of Leeds as a Reader in Surgery after 2 years with
Stanley Dudrick in Houston, and it was at Leeds where he realized
the potential of the neutron activation technique for assessing
body protein metabolism in illness. In 1980, he took up the Chair
in Surgery at the University of Auckland and set about establishing
a unique facility capable of measuring the detailed body
composition of critically ill patients.
Graham’s first published paper in The Lancet (1967) set the
standard for more than 200 published papers and 35 book
chapters to follow. With these, and a splendid monograph,
‘Disorders of Nutrition and Metabolism in Clinical Surgery’, he
made significant contributions to our understanding of surgical
nutrition and metabolism.
He facilitated the training of numerous surgical registrars who
were privileged to observe his outstanding surgical skills. More than
30 full-time research fellows came under Graham’s tutelage inspired
by a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for research and his
penetrating insights in the area of surgical metabolism. Graham’s
lectures, whether to an undergraduate class or to an international
forum, were models of clarity and lucidity, and will be remembered
by former students and professionals alike. Graham’s love of and
commitment to research led to significant innovations in colorectal
surgery. Establishing the first colorectal unit in New Zealand, he
delivered a national service for patients with complex colorectal
disease. His patients remember the gentle and reassuring bedside
manner that made them feel important and special.
The recipient of numerous international awards and distinguished visiting professorships,
Graham served on the Editorial Boards of many surgical and clinical nutrition journals. Honoured
as both the ASPEN Jonathan E. Rhoads lecturer (in 1992) and the
ESPEN Sir David Cuthbertson lecturer (in 1994) was a rare
distinction shared only by Franny Moore and four others from North America.

Order of Australia

Hon H. C. (Hugh) Templeton QSO (1945-47) was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to Australia-New Zealand economic relations, particularly through the establishment of ANZCERTA (Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement). The Order of Australia is that country’s highest honour,



Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ian Campbell Templeton (At King’s High School 1945 to 1946)

Southern honours: Ian Campbell Templeton | Otago Daily Times Online News

Ian is a veteran New Zealand political reporter who celebrated 50 years of reporting the New Zealand Parliament from the press gallery in 2007. He has written several books on politics. He was the only print journalist to get a weekly one-on-one briefing with Prime Minister Helen Clark.

He was educated at King’s High School, Dunedin, and completed an economics degree at the University of Otago. After university he was a general reporter for two years at the Otago Daily Times.

Templeton was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1994 New Year Honours, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2010 New Year Honours, both for services to journalism.

In May 2011 he was conferred an honorary doctorate by Massey University.



Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services as a general practitioner

R. W. (Rodger) Hilliker ( At King’s High school 1948-52)

Rodger was Head Prefect and Dux of King’s in his final year, Rodger graduated MB ChB from O.U. and became a GP at Temuka. As at one stage the only GP there, he realised that a team approach was needed to develop healthcare services for his community, so when the practice nurse scheme was introduced in 1969, he was one of the first GP’s in the country to employ such a nurse, who quickly demonstrated real skills

at injecting babies, applying dressings to wounds, cleaning out ears, etc. The ultimate team also includes the receptionist, and other specialists (laboratory, radiography) all working together to (hopefully) relax the patient. Although Rodger retired in 2010 after nearly 50 years service to Temuka, he remains the driving force behind the establishment of a “one-stop shop” health centre to meet the needs of his small town, semi-rural community ( and not merely for a particular practice). This would also benefit a stranger visiting the town who might suddenly face some medical problem. Rodger has already received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Royal College of General Practitioners, a long service medal from the Temuka Salvation Army, life membership from the Temuka Volunteer Fire Brigade. He has also served as South Island rep on the NZ Medical Association’s Central GP Committee, was elected to its Council, became president of the Association, and has chaired its Central Ethic Committee.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the community.

Lindsay John Brown  (At King’s High School from 1956 to 1960)

At the 1960 School Breakup Lindsay gained a General Excellence award in English, history, French, Mathematics and Bookkeeping, an Athenaeum prize for English and History, French Legation’s Prize for French Proficiency and the Mayhew Prize for History. He played for the First Hockey Eleven.
On leaving School Lindsay studied at the University of Otago.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in accountancy.
He went on to join Deloittes as a chartered accountant later becoming a partner for 30 years and managing partner for 10 years in their Dunedin office. He served on the University of Otago Council for 16 years, 5 of them as Chancellor. In the past he has chaired University of Otago Holdings, Southern Community Laboratories, and the Otago-Southland division of the Cancer Society (while sitting on the national board); was a director of Dunedin International Airport, Pyne Gould Guinness, and Reid Farmers; and was treasurer of the KHSOBA. Currently he chairs Otago Innovation, Technology Holdings, Foodeo Group, Zelko NZ, and the Mornington Primary Health Trust; was a director of Mercy Hospital, and a member of the Ashburn Clinic’s Trust Board. He was awarded an honorary LLD in recognition of his service to Otago University, is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants, and was recently created a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors. He has always chosen to serve in order to give something back to Dunedin and Otago, rather than to gain personally as a result of his efforts.

On 10 December 2008, Lindsay was conferred with an honorary LLD degree by the University of Otago.

He died in Dunedin on 6 August 2020, aged 76.

Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to youth.

R. (Charles) Stewart (At King’s high School 1948-49)

Charles and his wife Judith were each awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to youth. Formerly farming at Pleasant Valley near Geraldine, they have lived in Timaru for many years, and have fostered some 60 children (from newborn babies to teenagers) in 37 years. On many occasions they have taken in young people for whom the authorities have not been able to find carers, and they have devoted their home, time, money, and effort to rehabilitation, with the aim of providing as normal a life as possible, and to never give up. To achieve this, they have had to be incredibly flexible, tolerant, and understanding, and to love them in spite of everything. Some, usually males, stay for long periods of time. Both recipients paid tribute to the police, and to Child Youth and Family for their support.

Officer of the NZ Order of Merit ( ONZM) for services to business and to the community

W. (John) Holdsworth (At King’s High School 1957-58)

John was the Executive Chairman of Datacom, he has since 1988 built-up this outsourcing group from a medium-sized enterprise to become NZ’s largest privately owned IT company, with revenues of more than $700 million a year, and employing more than 3000 staff (half in NZ). As well as establishing a community and social responsibility programme at Datacom, John has served for many years on the national executive of IHC New Zealand and has been a key fundraiser for Special Olympics NZ. He maintains an active role in business outside Datacom, owning 35% of NZ Post, and investing in various start-up companies, yet manages to keep a relatively low profile.

John served on the IHC Executive Committee from 1995, then as a member of the IHC Board of Governance when it was set up in 1998 and for the following eight years. He served as New Zealand Vice President from 1995 until 2002. In 2007 he was awarded New Zealand Life Membership of IHC.

His involvement with IHC has also been shared and encouraged by his wife Merrill and they have sponsored the IHC Art Awards since 2014. They have been involved in intellectual disability for many years through Special Olympics New Zealand, and through their son Michael who has an intellectual disability.

John was behind the first IHC Computer Assisted Learning Centre in 2002. Through the Holdsworth Charitable Trust he funded the computer equipment for the centres at Park Road and the Christie Centre in the Wellington area.

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust has made an immeasurable contribution to Special Olympics in time and financial support. In 2013 grants from The Holdsworth Charitable Trust accounted for 10% of Special Olympics New Zealand’s total revenue.

John was, associated with 73 or more companies including: Smiths City Finance Limited,  Datacom Connect Limited, New Technologies Limited, Nevis Bluff Wines Limited Datacom Technologies Limited, Evander Management Limited, Powerstore Limited, Opiki Cropping Limited, Smiths City Group Limited, Ashburton Manufacturing Limited, Southern Cross Finance Limited, Hartley Consulting Limited, , Horizon Farming Limited, Smiths City (Southern) Limited.


Queens Service Medal    Services to athletics

Ron Cain  (At Kings High School 1945 – 1947)

Ron Cain has been active in athletics as a successful competitor, administrator and competitor for the past 68 years. The QSM gives public recognition to Mr Cain for the hard work he has put into the sport. Ron is a past president of the Caversham club, Athletics Otago and Athletics New Zealand. He is a life member of all three. He was an elite runner in the 1950s and was a member of five Otago cross-country teams that won the national senior teams title. His best individual performance was to finish runner-up to Kerry Williams in 1955. Ron was a New Zealand cross-country selector from 1977 to 1992 and chairman of the committee for 11 years. He managed three New Zealand teams to international events, the highlight being the world cross-country in Spain in 1981. He has been meeting manager at the Caledonian Ground since 1980 and this has included three New Zealand championships. Ron is the Patron of the Caledonian Society in which he takes an active part

New Zealand Order of Merit

Brendon Barrie McCullum ONZM (At King’s high School 1995 to 1999)

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Brendon is a New Zealand cricket coach, commentator and former cricketer, who played all formats, and also a former captain in all forms. McCullum took quick scoring to Test matches as well, notably recording the fastest test century of all time. He is considered as one of the most successful batsmen and captains of New Zealand cricket. He retired from all forms of cricket in August 2019.

McCullum is the former leading run scorer in T20 Internationals cricket and is the first and so far only one of the two players to have scored two T20 international Centuries  and 2000 runs in T20 Internationals (apart from Martin Guptill). He became the first New Zealander to score a triple hundred in a Test, 302 runs against India on 18 February 2014. In 2014, he also became the first New Zealander to score 1000 test runs in a calendar year (1164). The record was bettered by Kane Williamson with 1172 runs in 2015. In his last Test outing on 20 February 2016, Brendon posted the fastest ever Test century, in 54 balls, beating the 56-ball record jointly held by his hero, Vivian Richards, scoring a total of 145 off 79 balls.

As the captain of one of the strongest New Zealand cricket teams of all time, Brendon understands the importance of team spirit, and the ability of a like-minded collective to achieve great things.
Now retired from the Black Caps, Brendon is providing invaluable support to the Māia Health Foundation as an ambassador.
Companion of the NZ Order of Merit

Alan D MacKenzie (At King’s from 1961 to 1962)

Services to the Judiciary

Alan gained a University National Scholarship in 1962. On leaving school he studied Arts and Law at the University of Otago graduating BA. in 1965 and LLB in 1967 having won two prizes in Law. Moving to Wellington as a staff solicitor he was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1968. In 1971 he graduated LLM and became a partner in Stone and Co. until


Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – services to cricket and the community

Stuart Barry Heal (Attended King’s High School from 1965 to 1970)

Stuart played in the First Basketball 1969 and 1970. He was a member of the First Cricket XI in 1969 and 1970.  He was awarded Blue for Cricket in 1970

Stuart showed his leadership skills in the School Military Cadets. He was Sergeant of the winning platoon in A Company where his platoon won the WW2 Memorial Cup for best platoon.

Stuart has spent most of his career working in Otago and Southland. He was the CEO of Combined Rural Traders for 18 years from 1986 – 2004.  He is or has been the chair of Breen Construction, Road Transport Logistics, Pioneer Energy, Pulse Energy, WellSouth, the Rural Otago PHO, the University Bookshop, IFS Growth and a director of the Southern Rural Fire Association.

Stuart has been at the helm of the national cricket association since 2013, after serving as a director from 2008 and chairman of Otago Cricket for six years. He oversaw the successful co-hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In 2016 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket and the community

Stuart has held significant roles with Rotary in New Zealand and was appointed a director of Rotary International from 2010 to 2012.

Queens Service Medal –  Services to brass bands

Leslie Graham (At Kings from 1951 – 1955)

Les Graham was a Kings High School pupil who played in the school brass band from about 1951 to 1955. He was a brass band enthusiast who played with the Caversham and Green Island bands until 1973 when he started a long association with the Mosgiel Brass Band.
He had his arm amputated in a farming accident in 1984 after which he had to relearn how to play. He worked with occupational therapists to create a harness which allowed him to hold an instrument Les has taught and mentored young players, organised and volunteered at music camps, started learners groups as well as raising funds for youth bands.
In the 1990s he assisted the Roxburgh Band during a period of rebuilding, conducting it so it could attend a national championship and finding it a new conductor.
Nationally, Mr Graham has supported the introduction of new sections to open up the slow melody solo competition in National Championships and introduced the Les Graham Trophy for Slow Melody in 2015.
Leslie Graham has played in brass bands in Petone, Upper Hutt, Oamaru, Milton, Mosgiel, and Dunedin over the course of 65 years, beginning at Caversham in 1951 and ending up with Upper Hutt


Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) – Services to music

 Philip John Craigie (At Kings1965 – 1970)

Philip was Head Boy at Kings in 1970. He played in the school brass band from 1965 to 1970.

During his 40-year teaching career, he was head of music at Riccarton High School and Otago Boys’ High School, before being appointed deputy principal at Taieri College (formerly Taieri High School) and principal at Kaikorai Valley College.

During this time, he was heavily involved with the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival committee and helped prepare the constitution for it to become an incorporated society.

He has also taught many pupils to play brass instruments through schools, community music programmes, and as a casual teacher.

On top of his busy life in secondary education, he has been the musical director of the Mosgiel Brass Band since 1988.

He has also been involved with St Kilda Brass, conducted the Otago Symphonic Band, conducted and led the Celebration Singers on several national tours and a tour to Tasmania, and under his leadership the choir produced four records.

Philip also undertook the mammoth role of chairing the organising committee for the North Taieri Presbyterian Church’s 150th-anniversary celebrations in 2016.

Philip has contributed to the music community as a performer, teacher, mentor, and musical director since he was in his teens.



Queens Service Medal (QSM)  For services to broadcasting

Lyndsay Rackley (At Kings High School 1958-1959)

Mr Lyndsay Rackley has had a long involvement in the radio broadcasting industry since the early 1960s.
Mr Rackley began by joining the Otago Radio Association and working as a volunteer announcer on Radio Dunedin (previously 4XD). He began his professional career with Dunedin station 4XO, which was the first commercial radio station in the South Island commencing in November 1971. For decades he has continued to work closely with the Otago Radio Association and for the past 34 years has arranged for the volunteer announcers to provide their programmes during the Association’s timeslots on Radio Dunedin. He continued to work as an afternoon announcer until 2015. Mr Rackley has been voluntary Secretary of the Otago Radio Association since 1985 and voluntary announcer since 2015.



Queens Service Medal (QSM) – for services to the community and sport

Norman Rodney Crawshaw  (King’s High School 1955 – 1957)

Norman Crawshaw has volunteered in a number of roles within the Buller community for more than 50 years.

Norman has held various positions within the Buller Cricket Association for the past 55 years. He has served as an organiser, coach, umpire, statistician, secretary and historian. He has written two books detailing the history of cricket in the area, organised two jubilees and various tournaments over the years. Between 1976 and 2015 he variously held the roles of chairman, treasurer, secretary, coach, referee and lecturer for the Buller Rugby Referees Association. He was also a national rugby referee assessor. Outside of sport, he has been Secretary/Treasurer of Buller Grey Power since 2013. He has been Buller Delegate to the Grey Power New Zealand National AGM from 2015 to 2019 and previously at Tasman zone meetings from 2013. He has fundraised for Buller Grey Power and increased membership by 150 percent, helping the organisation recover from near insolvency. Norman has also served as secretary of Buller Citizens Advice Bureau and the Coaltown Museum Trust, as well as a member of the Westport Returned and Services Association’s Scholarship Award Committee.


Queens Service Medal (QSM) – Services to Sport and Education

Malcolm Alan Walker (King’s High School 1968 – 1972)
Malcolm was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Malcolm captained the King’s 1st XI in1972 and received a School Blue in Cricket and Cross-Country Running. He also received a Blue in Rugby having played for the First XV rugby team in 1972.
He attended the Dunedin Teachers College from 1973 to 1974 then was a teacher in central Southland for more than 35 years, including 23 years as principal of Limehills School.
Malcolm was a school cricket coach for more than 40 years, a Central Western Cricket Club volunteer, a Southland Primary Schools Athletics Committee member, and a coach and organiser various club, school and representative athletics, rugby, touch and basketball teams.
For his coaching, he won the New Zealand Volunteer Coach of the Year and the Southland Volunteer Coach of the Year awards in 2001.
He represented New Zealand in Master’s Cricket and was in the Otago team for the national over 60s cricket tournament in 2017.
Always one to help his community, he helped drive fundraising for the Winton Skate Park, that opened in 2017, the establishment of the Limehills Swimming Pool and was a foundation member of the Central Southland Squash Club.


Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to conservation and search and rescue.

J. L. (Stuart) Thorne (At King’s High School from1960 to 1964)

Stuart with Governor General Stuart with Wife Heather

Stuart initially worked for the Dept of Lands & Survey, before starting a 40-year career with the Dept of Conservation (DoC) as a ranger in Mt Cook National Park prior to shifting to Wanaka and the Mt Aspiring National Park. There he helped eradicate Lagarosiphon major (lakeweed) from Lake Wanaka, and helped reintroduce buff weka to the islands in the lake, and the South Island robin to the West Matukituki valley. For years Stuart was a volunteer with the Matukituki Charitable Trust and DoC trapping and monitoring programmes, and for many summers was (and still is) a hut warden in the national park. For 30 years he has been a search & rescue police advisor in the Wanaka area, being involved in more than 150 missions. He was instrumental in establishing the Upper Clutha Tramping Club, and has volunteered for Tekano which replants native trees in the area. He was a member of the NZ Mountain Safety Council for 29 years, including a term as chairman; president of the Wanaka Jaycees; secretary of the Wanaka Lions Club; and group leader of the Wanaka Venturer Scouts.

Expeditions to Antarctica also ranked highly with the first of eight taken in 1990. At one time he spent three weeks on top of Mt Erebus in minus 40 degree temperatures.

While “thrilled” to receive the award, Stuart stressed that all his good outcomes were the result of team effort.

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