Royal hon­ours for ex­cel­lence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Three lo­cals were roy­ally hon­oured over the long week­end in the an­nual Queen’s Birth­day list.

Plim­mer­ton sci­en­tist Dr Kelvin Ber­ry­man was made a com­pan­ion of the Queen’s Ser­vice Or­der for ser­vices to science. Dr Ber­ry­man is prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist at Lower Hutt’s GNS and has de­voted his ca­reer to nat­u­ral haz­ards re­search.

Ti­tahi Bay mu­si­cian Dr Guy Jansen was made a mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to mu­sic. Dr Jansen founded the New Zealand Youth Choir in 1979, which is said to be the first na­tional youth choir in the world. He is cred­ited with bring­ing va­ri­ety and new styles into church mu­sic.

An­other Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent, Bill Be­van, was awarded the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity. Mr Be­van founded the Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Law Cen­tre in 1995, which pro­vides legal ser­vices to about 6500 peo­ple ev­ery year.

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