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Be­gin­ning his ca­reer as an ap­pren­tice car­pen­ter Ian Hay went on to be­come the found­ing chair­man of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity in 1993.

Mr Hay served in this role un­til 2005, and in 2008 was ap­pointed di­rec­tor of the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which works to house fam­i­lies in need.

In the same year he joined the board of direc­tors for the Fi­jian branch of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

His other posts in­clude chair­man of the Keith Hay Char­i­ta­ble Trust, honorary mem­ber of the New Zealand Build­ing In­spec­tors In­sti­tute and sit­ting on the board of direc­tors of the New Zealand Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion. Mr Hay was also pa­tron of the New Zealand Tram­po­line As­so­ci­a­tion from 1984 to 1995. For his ser­vices to the com­mu­nity, Mr Hay was made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit.

Pub­lisher Giri Gupta has long fa­cil­i­tated ties be­tween In­dia and New Zealand and is a strong sup­porter of the New Zealand In­dian Com­mu­nity.

Since 2006, he has been in­volved with the In­dia Trade Group and is cur­rently deputy chair­man.

He is the di­rec­tor of Eth­nic Me­dia In­for­ma­tion New Zealand and pub­lishes the fort­nightly news mag­a­zine The In­dian Week­ender, which he es­tab­lished in 2009.

Mr Gupta spear­headed a fundrais­ing ef­fort to do­nate an am­bu­lance to St John Am­bu­lance ser­vices on be­half of the In­dian New Zealand com­mu­nity. For his ser­vices to the In­dian com­mu­nity, Mr Gupta was awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

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