Three new NZ Or­der of Merit Mem­bers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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