Sin­clair’s ser­vice recog­nised in hon­ours


A Waikanae res­i­dent cel­e­brated her New Year Hon­ours recog­ni­tion with fam­ily over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Liz Sin­clair was made a Mem­ber of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit, the only Horowhen­u­aKapiti res­i­dent to earn the ti­tle in this year’s list.

Sin­clair has been a Waikanae res­i­dent since 1997, com­mut­ing to Welling­ton for a se­ries of jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor.

She had a four-year stint as the State Ser­vices Com­mis­sion’s deputy com­mis­sioner, which ended last Fe­bru­ary.

In the role she led cen­tral agen­cies’ co­or­di­na­tion of the gov­ern­ment re­sponse to the Royal Com­mis­sion on the Pike River Mine dis­as­ter.

She also led the team re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment in 2012, and con­trib­uted to the work­ing party to re­fo­cus Te Puni Kokiri and es­tab­lish Te Matawai.

From 2004 to 2011 Sin­clair was op­er­a­tions deputy sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Jus­tice, and from 1993 to 2003 held ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship roles at In­land Rev­enue.

She said she was ‘‘chuffed’’ to find out she had been recog­nised.

She said she en­joyed the hol­i­day break with fam­ily, but had to make one call.

‘‘I rang my par­ents in Dunedin to make sure they read the pa­per.’’

Two Horowhenua res­i­dents re­ceived Queen’s Ser­vice Medals for their ser­vice in Kapiti, Siu Kai Haslam and Paul Lyall.

Lyall, based in Levin, joined the Para­pa­raumu Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade in 1962. He was a mem­ber un­til 2001, be­com­ing a se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer and men­tor­ing young fire­fight­ers.

He joined the Welling­ton Fire Brigade as a ca­reer fire­fighter in 1965. He is still there, and man­ages three fire sta­tions.

Haslam, from Ohau, has been in­volved with the New Zealand Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion’s Horowhenua-Kapiti branch since 1991, and is a Tararua Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion life mem­ber - she has been on its com­mit­tee since 1982.

‘‘I think there are many more peo­ple wor­thy. They just haven’t been dis­cov­ered,’’ she said.

Haslam is also in­volved with the Horowhenua Friend­ship Force, The Chi­nese Grow­ers Youth Club and the Horowhen­u­aKapiti Chi­nese Sports and Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion.

Na­tion­ally, she has trans­lated doc­u­ments for the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the 1991 Em­ploy­ment Con­tract Act, the Growsafe Man­ual in 1999 and the New Zealand Veg­etable Levy Ref­er­en­dum in 2012.

Liz Sin­clair, with hus­band Mark Byers

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