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.