Royal honours for excellence
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.