Dal­las Fisher chuffed by hon­our

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - DONNA-LEE BID­DLE

When Dal­las Fisher re­ceived an ‘‘of­fi­cial-look­ing’’ let­ter in the post, his wife thought it was a park­ing fine he hadn’t paid.

It was im­por­tant - but it wasn’t a park­ing fine.

Fisher has been recog­nised in the 2018 Queen’s Birth­day Honours - ap­pointed an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to busi­ness, philanthropy and sport.

‘‘I’m chuffed, but it’s not just me that makes things hap­pen. You’ve seen it - all the staff that work here.’’

Fisher is the man who brought the Sev­ens to Hamil­ton and is a founder of NDA Group, a lead­ing Waikato en­gi­neer­ing firm. He runs one of the big­gest cater­ing com­pa­nies in the coun­try - Mon­tana Cater­ing - and he was chair of Chiefs Rugby, dur­ing which time he helped the flail­ing fran­chise find suc­cess.

He has been chair of busi­ness devel­op­ment en­tity Waikato Means Busi­ness since 2016 and also chairs Go Bus Group, New Zealand’s largest pas­sen­ger trans­port op­er­a­tor, which is a joint venture be­tween the com­mer­cial arms of Nga¯i Tahu and Waikato Tainui.

But it’s also his in­volve­ment with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Hospice Waikato, Mesh Sculp­ture Hamil­ton Trust, Waikato Breast Cancer Re­search and Per­ago Sport­ing Trust that saw him re­ceive a Queen’s hon­our.

Mon­tana Cater­ing caters for Hospice Waikato’s big­gest fundraiser - the Bucket List Ban­quet - a con­tri­bu­tion of around $1 mil­lion over the past five years.

At univer­sity, he started a rock fes­ti­val and then started learn­ing about large rugby

Dal­las Fisher’s Mon­tana Cater­ing busi­ness is one of the largest cater­ing busi­nesses in the coun­try.

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