Royal Hon­ours

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

Two city peo­ple were made Of­fi­cers of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List.

Forty three years after join­ing the New Zealand Po­lice Force by ‘‘sheer ac­ci­dent’’, In­spec­tor Pa­trick (Pat) Hand­cock has been made an Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to the New Zealand Po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

Brought up in a farm­ing fam­ily, Pat started his polic­ing ca­reer in Napier, and moved to Auck­land be­fore com­ing to Palmer­ston North in 1998 as a De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant.

A year later he was pro­moted to In­spec­tor and took on the role of op­er­a­tions man­ager for Cen­tral Dis­trict.

In 2004 he be­came Palmer­ston North Area Com­man­der, a role he took par­tic­u­lar pride in.

Be­tween 2005 and 2014, Pat was chair­per­son for the Palmer­ston North Safety Ad­vi­sory Board (SAB) im­ple­ment­ing more than 30 com­mu­nity safety projects in­clud­ing en­gage­ment with refugee and mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties and safety ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes for ter­tiary stu­dents.

Over­see­ing a a steady crime rate re­duc­tion over eight years he was a driv­ing force be­hind Palmer­ston North achiev­ing In­ter­na­tional Safe City Sta­tus in 2014.

He is cur­rently work­ing in East Ti­mor as an In­spec­tor and Tran­si­tion team leader, a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of his com­mu­nity polic­ing role in New Zealand.

Fel­low Of­fi­cer, Ta­nenuiarangi Manawatu chief ex­ec­u­tive Danielle Har­ris, is the third gen­er­a­tion to re­ceive Queen’s Birth­day hon­ours. Her mother Ruth Har­ris and her pa­ter­nal grand­mother both re­ceived Queen’s Ser­vice Medals for their con­tri­bu­tion to Maori health.

Recog­nised for her own ser­vices to Maori and to health, Danielle’s fa­ther also played a ma­jor role in her up­bring­ing and ac­com­plish­ments She says her crowning achieve­ment so far, is reach­ing a treaty set­tle­ment for Rangti­taane last year, hav­ing been prin­ci­pal ne­go­tia­tor for her iwi since 2007.

The set­tle­ment means an ad­vance in in­vest­ment for Ran­gi­taane, as well as for Palmer­ston North.

The Ran­gita¯ne O Manawatu rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Manawatu River Ac­cord, Danielle has been a board mem­ber of the MidCen­tral Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2010.

She man­ages and is a Trustee of Whaka­pai Hauora (Best Care), the health and so­cial ser­vice arm of Ran­gita¯ne O Manawatu, and is Deputy Chair of the Manawhenua Hauora Board.

She also over­sees Kia Ora FM 89.8 Trust and Te Hotu Manawa o Ran­gita¯ne o Manawatu.


Pat Hand­cock and Danielle Har­ris were ac­knowl­edged as Of­fi­cers of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List.

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