Writer Wendt tops list

QUEEN’S BIRTH­DAY HON­OURS area res­i­dents have been recog­nised in the 2013 Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours list for their con­tri­bu­tions and ser­vices.

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Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Al­bert Wendt has been made a Mem­ber of the Or­der of New Zealand for ser­vices to New Zealand.

Prof Wendt is a Pon­sonby nov­el­ist, poet, short story writer, play­wright and painter.

Since the 1970s he has been an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in the de­vel­op­ment of New Zealand and Pa­cific lit­er­a­ture and is re­garded as one of the world’s lead­ing indige­nous nov­el­ists.

Prof Wendt was Pro­fes­sor of New Zealand and Pa­cific Lit­er­a­ture at the Univer­sity of Auck­land from 1988 to 2006, and held the Ci­ti­zen’s Chair at the Univer­sity of Hawaii from 2004 to 2008.

He is cur­rently Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

From 1977 to 1982 he was di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Cen­tre in Samoa, and was Pro­fes­sor of Pa­cific Lit­er­a­ture from 1980 to 1987.

He has pub­lished seven nov­els, four col­lec­tions of short sto­ries and five col­lec­tions of poetry.

In 2012 he was awarded the Prime Min- is­ter’s Award for Lit­er­ary Achieve­ment in Fic­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Wendt’s works have been adapted to film, and trans­lated into sev­eral lan­guages.

Hamish Keith is an au­thor, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, art his­to­rian, com­men­ta­tor, cu­ra­tor and colum­nist.

The Free­mans Bay res­i­dent has been made a Com­pan­ion of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to the arts.

Mr Keith has pub­lished and edited nu­mer­ous books on the arts, a so­cial his­tory of New Zealand in the 20th cen­tury, New Zealand Yes­ter­days, as well as two self-help books. He was na­tional pres­i­dent for Ac­tors Equity, chair­man of the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Arts Coun­cil and chair­man of the Na­tional Art Gallery. He is a news­pa­per and mag­a­zine colum­nist, restau­rant critic and has writ­ten tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­taries and drama.

Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor John Butcher has been a driv­ing force be­hind the de­vel­op­ment of math­e­mat­ics in New Zealand for more than 50 years.

For his ser­vice to math­e­mat­ics he has been made an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit.

Prof Butcher es­tab­lished the teach­ing of com­pu­ta­tional and sta­tis­ti­cal math­e­mat­ics at Can­ter­bury Univer­sity in 1961.

He joined the Univer­sity of Auck­land as a pro­fes­sor of math­e­mat­ics in 1966 and be­came head of the Math­e­mat­ics Depart­ment in 1967 where he ini­ti­ated the depart­ment’s for­mal PhD pro­gramme.

In 1980 he cam­paigned for and founded the Com­puter Science Depart­ment at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, lead­ing the depart­ment un­til 1987. He re­tired in 1999. Cameron McGre­gor has been made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for his ser­vices to rugby league. He has been chair­man of Auck­land Rugby League since 1996.

Mr McGre­gor was trea­surer of Rich­mond Rugby League for five years, is deputy chair­man of the Akarana Zone, chair­man of the Rugby League De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and chair­man of the Auck­land Vul­cans.

He ini­ti­ated and or­gan­ised the Grey Lynn Park Touch Tour­na­ment.

The Pt Che­va­lier resi- dent was an ap­pointed mem­ber of the Sparc re­view of New Zealand Rugby League and is chair­man of the Car­law Her­itage Trust.

He is chair­man of the Car­bine Club, which is in­volved in fundrais­ing for Par­a­lympians, the New Zealand Rugby Foun­da­tion and the League for Life Foun­da­tion.

The for­mer chair­man of the Herne Bay Pon­sonby Rack­ets Club De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has been a fel­low of the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants since 1996.

Sam Scott is the founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor of Mas­sive Com­pany, an open ac­cess pro­fes­sional theatre com­pany. The Free­man’s Bay res­i­dent has been made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for her ser­vices to theatre.

Ms Scott founded Mas­sive, then known as the Maid­ment Youth Theatre, in 1991.

Mas­sive op­er­ates un­der a model of free ac­cess to the theatre arts to in­clude young peo­ple and pro­fes­sional artists from all so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds.

Ms Scott teaches theatre work­shops in the United States, Wales, Paris, Aus­tralia and Malaysia.

Her in­volve­ment with theatre, film and tele­vi­sion spans 28 years.

Lance Hutchi­son has been awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

Mr Hutchi­son, who lives in Cen­tral Auck­land, is a life mem­ber of Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust New Zealand and has been the found­ing chair of the Auck­land Cen­tral Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust since 2002. The trust op­er­ates two mobile class­rooms and de­liv­ers pro­grammes on health and life skills to 14,000 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate chil­dren an­nu­ally.

Mr Hutchi­son is a men­tor for First Foun­da­tion.

He has been in­volved in Lions In­ter­na­tional for 20 years, in­clud­ing as pres­i­dent of the Paku­ranga, Pan­mure and Re­muera clubs.

He has fundraised for Camp Qual­ity New Zealand and has served other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and trusts.

Photo: ROBERT CHARLES

Hon­our: Al­bert Wendt has been made a mem­ber of the Or­der of New Zealand.

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