Recognition goes to people in many fields
Police, musicians, scientists and doctors were among Aucklanders honoured for their service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
More than three decades spent studying acoustics earned retired professor Arthur Marshall the title of distinguished companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The Mt Albert man was made a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1994 and awarded several overseas medals for his work in the field.
Epsom sports star Wynton Rufer was also made a companion of the order, for his services to soccer.
His national and international career as a player earned him high sporting accolades and he has worked with charities including World Vision.
Diane Baguley has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in developing standards and quality assurance across many fields.
The Onehunga woman has received several national and international awards and is a trustee of the Oxfam New Zealand board.
Central city businessman Ross Jewell has also been made a member for services to business and Onehunga artist Michael Philip was given the honour for services to art.
New companions of the Queen’s Service Order include Dr Melani Anae of central Auckland, for her work with the Pacific Island community.
A winner of the Fulbright New Zealand senior award, she has written several books and had her work published in a variety of journals.
Sandringham police officer detective sergeant Philip Kirkham received the Queen’s Service Medal for his 25 years’ work with the police.
He was instrumental in setting up the child abuse centre Puawaitahi, the first of its kind in Australasia.
Fellow officer detective Cushla O’Shea of Grey Lynn also received the medal for her work, which included service in the Solomon Islands.
Pratima Nand of Mt Roskill was recognised for services to the Indian community, while Epsom residents Donald and Jennie Sew Hoy were honoured for services to the Chinese community.
Michael Vidulich’s 20-year career as a musician and music teacher also earned him the Queen’s Service Medal as a reward.
He has conducted and played with a range of orchestras.