Three new NZ Order of Merit Members
Three city folk have been made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit for their services to health, conservation and dance.
Dr Maurice Alley has made a significant contribution to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife over the last 20 years..
Maurice joined Massey University as a veterinary investigation officer in 1968 and has worked with some of the country’s most iconic and vulnerable birds, identifying diseases afflicting kiwi, kakapo, hehe and yellow eyed penguin, and in the recovery of endangered species such as tuatara.
Dr Alley and his wife established the Julie Alley Bursary awarded annually for post-graduate research in New Zealand conservation.
A life member of of the Royal Academy of Dance, Maureen Ax opened her dance school in Palmerston North aged 16.
The registered dance teacher is a former vicepresident of the New Zealand Performing Arts Competition, a Life Member of the Manawatu Performing Arts Competition Society. and Palmerston North Rotary’s first female president in 2003.
Many of the dancers she has taught have gone on to perform on world stages with renowned companies.
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon Dr Nadarajah Manoharan has lived and worked in Palmerston North since 1982. Clinical Director of Surgery for Palmerston North Hospital from 2008 to 2010, Nadarajah significantly developed the Palmerston North ENT Department, leading to its recognition as a training institution under the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008.
A MidCentral District Health Board member, he is also a voluntary teacher for trainee registrars.