Nov­el­ist heads hon­oured cen­tral Auck­lan­ders

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An in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned au­thor, a dance diva and a Samoan sports star are among some of the cen­tral Auck­lan­ders ac­knowl­edged in the 2014 New Years Hon­ours List:

Mt Eden au­thor Eleanor Cat­ton, 28, was made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to lit­er­a­ture. Ms Cat­ton re­ceived the Man Booker Prize last year for her im­pres­sive novel The Lu­mi­nar­ies mak­ing her the youngest re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious literary award. She is the sec­ond Kiwi to get their hands on a Man Booker fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Keri Hulme who gained the prize in 1985.

Also ac­knowl­edged for ser­vices to lit­er­a­ture is Ep­som res­i­dent Kevin Chap­man, who was ap­pointed as a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit. Mr Chap­man has been in­volved in the coun­try’s pub­lish­ing in­dus­try since the late 1970s. He worked to gain New Zealand Coun­try of Hon­our at the 2012 Frank­furt Book Fair. His ef­forts en­abled more than 50 Kiwi pub­lish­ing houses to gain ex­po­sure in Ger­many and through­out Europe.

For­mer Sil­ver Fern Rita Fa­tialofa-Pa­tolo was made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for her ser­vices to sport. The Mt Roskill res­i­dent has rep­re­sented the coun­try in both net­ball and soft­ball, achiev­ing world cham- pi­o­nship ti­tles in both sports. She was in­ducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NZ Samoan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Th­ese days she coaches net­ball at sec­ondary school level.

For ser­vices to the health and Pa­cific com­mu­nity Lau­rel Ta­u­fau­ata was made a com­pan­ion of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit. Mrs Ta­u­fau­ata has been a mem­ber of the Pa­cific women’s em­pow­er­ment group PACI­FICA since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1976. The One­hunga res­i­dent has also been a key player in sev­eral other health ini­tia­tives for Pa­cific peo­ple.

Ep­som res­i­dent Manoj Daji was awarded with the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to sport and edu- cation. Mr Daji has a his­tory with hockey dat­ing back to the 1980s. He be­gan play­ing at pro­vin­cial level in 1985 and worked his way up to help coach the na­tional hockey team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Col­lege Sport Auck­land.

For ded­i­cat­ing her life to dance Candy Lane has been awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal. Ms Lane has rep­re­sented New Zealand in­ter­na­tion­ally on the dance floor, com­pet­ing, lec­tur­ing and judg­ing at a world class level. De­spite tread­ing the boards in Lon­don’s West End she is ar­guably best known for her role as host, demon­stra­tor and chore­og­ra­pher on Danc­ing with the Stars.

Photo: JOHN SELKIRK

Lu­mi­nary writer: Mt Eden au­thor Eleanor Cat­ton is among was among a group of Auck­lan­ders who were hon­oured by the Crown over the new year.

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