1981 Birthday Honours

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Queen's Birthday Honours are announced on or around the date of the Queen's Official Birthday in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The dates vary, both from year to year and from country to country. All are published in supplements to the London Gazette and many are conferred by the monarch (or her representative) some time after the date of the announcement, particularly for those service people on active duty.

The 1981 Queen's Birthday honours list for New Zealand was announced on 13 June 1981.[1]

New Zealand[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

Order of the Bath[edit]

Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Dr Robert Martin Williams CBE - lately Chairman of the State Services Commission.

Order of Saint Michael and Saint George[edit]

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[edit]

  • The Right Reverend Manu Augustus Bennett - lately Bishop of Aotearoa.
  • Albert Eaton Hurley - Parliamentary Commissioner for Investigation (Ombudsman), 1976–80.
  • Norman Colin McLeod - Commissioner of Works.

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)[edit]

Civil Division

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Mervyn Miles Nelson Corner OBE MC JP. For services to the New Zealand fishing industry and community.
  • Dr David Russell Hay. For services to the New Zealand Heart Foundation.
  • John Brownlow Horrocks MC ED. For services to business management and the community.
  • John Desmond Rose ED. For services to commerce and the community.
  • Emeritus Prof. John Tenison Salmon. For services to conservation.
  • Denis Vaughan Sutherland JP. For services to the City of New Plymouth.
Military Division
  • Commodore Eric Robinson Ellison OBE (11809) - Royal New Zealand Navy.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Patrick John Booth. For services to journalism.
  • (John) Brian Brake. For services to photography.
  • Noel Stewart Coad - lately Director-General of Lands.
  • Henry Patrick Glen. For services to Heritage Incorporated and the community.
  • Mrs Winifred Mary Goddard. For services to the dietetic profession.
  • Claude Walter Green ED. For services to the Taranaki Harbour Board, farming and the community.
  • Jon Oliver Feilden Hamilton. For services to engineering.
  • Athol Sydney George McGeady. For services to farming.
  • Noel Victor Mangin. For services to opera.
  • Prof. Eric Musard Nanson. For services to medicine.
  • John Joseph O'Dea. For services to the community.
  • Donald Carthew Oliver. For services to weightlifting and the community.
  • Jack Boland Rolfe JP. For services to the community.
  • Hugh Sew Hoy. For services to export and the community.
  • John McCoubrie Stewart. For services to veterinary science.
  • William Arthur Harold Thompson. For services to thoroughbred breeding, racing and the community.
  • Eric William Thomas Tindill. For services to rugby and cricket.
  • Dr Donald William Urquhart. For services to medicine, especially radiology.
  • Harold Jeffery Whitwell - lately Principal, Palmerston North Teachers College.
  • Bryan William Gibson - Assistant Commissioner, New Zealand Police.
Military Division
  • Captain Geoffrey Frank Hopkins (S15357) - Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Colonel Robert Angus Burns ED (D709392) - Colonels' List, New Zealand Army (Territorial Force).
  • Group Captain Graeme Bernard Gilmore (S78653) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Rowland Newton Angrove. For services to the disabled and the community.
  • George Easton Barber. For services to education and the community.
  • Miss Barbara Isobel Louise Basham JP. For services to broadcasting and the community.
  • Clifford Halley Benson. For services to the handicapped and education.
  • Edward Henry Raymond Boyd. For services to the welfare of returned servicemen and the community.
  • Donald William Cimino. For services to the Wanganui Museum and the community.
  • Mrs Joyce Isabel Clarke. For services to the community.
  • Robert Maurice Conly. For services to art.
  • Lieutenant Commander William George Costello - New Zealand Cadet Forces.
  • Mrs Jane Labatt Crosse. For services to the New Zealand Red Cross Society.
  • Mrs Enid Joan Durbin. For services to netball.
  • Alexander Edwards JP. For services to the community.
  • Geoffrey Philip Howarth. For services to cricket.
  • Frederick Stanley Hutchings JP. For services to the dairy industry.
  • Mrs Helen Agnes Jackman. For services to the Māori People and education.
  • Miss Patricia Frances McKelvey. For services to women's cricket.
  • Graham Neil Kenneth Mourie. For services to rugby.
  • Anthony Audrey St. Clair Murray Murray-Oliver. For services to the Alexander Turnbull Library and art history.
  • Brian Patrick Quinn. For services to shearing.
  • William Eaton Roberts JP. For services to the community.
  • George Colin Spratt. For services to horticulture.
  • Dr Alan Samual Turner - Physician-in-charge, Chest Clinic, Napier Hospital.
  • Miss Elisabeth Marjorie Urquhart. For services to the law and community.
  • John Gardiner Woolf. For services to local body and community affairs.
Military Division
  • Warrant Officer Stores Accountant Alan Thomas Johnson (E17024) - Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Warrant Officer Seaman Ronald Arthur Francis Owen (Q13952) - Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Warrant Officer Class I Robin John Church (M595412) - Royal New Zealand Provost Corps.
  • Major Frederick Lang Dennerly (P340252) - Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals.
  • Major Peter Lawrence Holes (D676433) - Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
  • Squadron Leader Sydney Marcus Elliott (T746098) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Flight Lieutenant Gavin Robert Leckner (W81670) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Queen's Service Order[edit]

Companions of the Queen's Service Order for Community Service (QSO)[edit]

  • John Francis Gallagher - Lieutenant Colonel, Salvation Army.
  • Allan David Dick.
  • Mrs Barbara Goodman.
  • Harold Victor Haines.
  • Hugh McKerrell JP.
  • James Rafferty.
  • Mrs Nora Nellie Steed.
  • Harold Lane Thomas.

Companions of the Queen's Service Order for Public Services (QSO)[edit]

  • Herbert James Bowkett Coe.
  • George Gee JP.
  • James Ernest Greenslade.
  • William Herewini JP.
  • Thomas McCristell MBE JP.
  • John Lyle Noakes MBE JP.
  • Ronald Francis Taylor.

Queen's Service Medal[edit]

Queen's Service Medal for Community Service (QSM)[edit]

  • Mrs Muriel Rhoda Barber.
  • Mrs Zylpha May Bennett.
  • Miss Winefride Marie Blake (Sister Mary Winefride).
  • Colin Campbell.
  • Mrs Dorothy Christian Gordon Cook.
  • Mrs Hazel Daphne Dawson.
  • Mrs Letitia Joan Douglas.
  • Mrs Mingao Noho Whane Edwards.
  • Leonard Edward Frances.
  • Mrs Irene Mary Gordon.
  • Alexander John William Grant JP.
  • Mrs Florence Marie Harsant.
  • Mrs Manatenoki Sally Karena.
  • Mrs Mary Edith Evelyn Knight (Mrs Painter).
  • Mrs Odette Vivienne Leather.
  • Miss Marjorie Mary Maddren.
  • Miss May Elizabeth Marriott.
  • Isaac Frank Miller.
  • James Nicholas.
  • Victor John Carruthers Nicholson JP.
  • Mrs Wendy McGowan Northcroft.
  • Mrs Ivy Nora Norton.
  • Mrs Hannah Maud Sheila Wilder Sherratt.
  • Henare Tuwhangai.

Queen's Service Medal for Public Services (QSM)[edit]

  • Mrs Colleen Elizabeth Beaton.
  • Mrs Mabel Bridge.
  • Miss Pauline Dorothy Collins.
  • Mrs Elizabeth Sandison Daly - Postmistress, Claris, Great Barrier Island.
  • Frederick Arthur Kitchener.
  • Mrs Minnie Te Miri Kamo - lately Public Health Nurse, Department of Health.
  • Mrs Sylvia Theresa Kenny JP.
  • Hugh Francis Malcolm Logan.
  • Dr Ronald Diarmid MacDiarmid.
  • Colin Chalmers Monteath.
  • Arthur Stewart Ombler JP.
  • Miss Dawn Rosemary Petersen.
  • Joseph Herbert Hugh Pierce MBE ED JP.
  • Miss Naomi Rickard JP.
  • Alois Schicker JP.
  • Mrs Alice May Stuart.
  • The Reverend Robert Beaumont Tait.
  • Mitchell Daniel Tupari Walters JP.
  • Mrs Elsie Irene Wiley.
  • Hugh Graham Endicott-Davies - Senior Constable, New Zealand Police.
  • Lawrence Cecil Gabites - Sergeant, New Zealand Police.

Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM)[edit]

  • Clement Augustus Cornes - lately Chief Fire Officer, Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade.
  • Philip Hori Douche JP - Fire Force Commander, New Zealand Fire Service, Palmeston North.
  • Graham Charles Howey JP - Chief Fire Officer, Pleasant Point Volunteer Fire Brigade.

British Empire Medal (BEM)[edit]

Military Division
  • Temporary Sergeant James Edward Bolton (J414376) - Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Territorial Force).
  • Sergeant Rex Charles Johnson (C661137) - Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals (Territorial Force).
  • Staff Sergeant Lance Gordon King (Q478920) - Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport.
  • Corporal Tere William Kururangi (Q745697) - Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps.
  • Sergeant Robin John Allan (M83156) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Sergeant Donald John Ashton (C83239) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Sergeant Rodney Eric Lush (G80918) - Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Queen's Police Medal (QPM)[edit]

  • Edward John Trappitt MBE - Assistant Commissioner, New Zealand Police.

Royal Red Cross[edit]

Member of the Royal Red Cross (RRC)[edit]

  • Lieutenant Colonel Helen Judith Macaan ARRC (E30755) - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.


  1. ^ New Zealand list: London Gazette (supplement), No. 48641, 13 June 1981. Retrieved 24 May 2013.