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