1981 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours 1981 were appointments by most of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries, and honorary ones to citizens of other countries. They were announced on 31 December 1980 to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1981.[1]

New Zealand[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

  • Charles Hilgendorf CMG JP. For public services, especially as Chairman of the New Zealand Meat Producers Board.
  • Austin George Wilson OBE. For services to commerce and the community.

Order of the Bath[edit]

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

Military Division

Order of Saint Michael and Saint George[edit]

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

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)[edit]

Civil Division

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
  • James Warne Ardagh OBE. For services to medicine.
  • Miss Doreen Vera Blumhardt. For services to art, especially pottery.
  • Francis Rei Paul Hamon. For services to art.
  • Mrs Mary Wilhelmina Margaret Lythgoe. For services to nursing.
  • Arthur William Baden Powell. For services to marine science.
  • Dr Edwin Ian Robertson OBE – Director-General, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1971–80.
  • Dr Frank William Eden Rutter. For services as Chairman, Auckland Hospital Board.
Military Division
  • Air Commodore Ian Murray Gillard OBE AFC (X72287) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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

Civil Division
  • Harry Herbert Ayres. For services to mountaineering.
  • Leo George Wellington Carrington. For services to local and community affairs.
  • George Cooper Cruickshank. For services to the sport of trotting.
  • Murray Charles Day. For services to squash.
  • Bernard Lancelot Ebbett. For services to the dairy industry.
  • Stuart Carlton Hay. For services to the community.
  • Hamish Henry Cordy Keith – Chairman, The Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.
  • Nevile Sidney Lodge. For services as a cartoonist.
  • Donald Mitchell McKenzie. For services to physiotherapy and the blind.
  • Lloyd Morgan. For services to Lions Clubs International.
  • Walcott Eyre Wilder Ormond. For services to thoroughbred breeding.
  • John Wellesley Evan Raine. For services to medicine.
  • Desmond Bruce Smith. For services to cycling.
  • William John Watt. For services to anaesthetics and the community.
  • Mrs lona Williams JP. For services to the community.
  • Ray Roberts Wilson. For services to music.
Military Division
  • Captain Alexander David Nelson (V12876) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Colonel Donald Stuart McIver (K35383) – Colonels' List, New Zealand Army.
  • Wing Commander Te Waaka Hemi Morete (S922293) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.

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

Civil Division
  • Mrs Maude Louisa Ashley. For services to the community.
  • Eric Douglas Baynton. For services to returned servicemen.
  • Maurice Reginald Billows. For services to local and community affairs.
  • Colin Brenton-Rule. For services to the community.
  • John Cunningham Chalmers. For services to education.
  • Wadier Assid Corban. For services to the viticultural industry.
  • John Middleton Garrett. For services to ex-prisoners of war.
  • Miss Olga Estelle Harding. For services to drama and education.
  • Clarence Alfred Healey. For services to rowing.
  • Richard Bower Heathcote JP. For services to local and community affairs.
  • Reginald Ernest Hermans MC. For services to engineering.
  • Francis Jellyman. For services to rugby league.
  • Temporary Squadron Leader George Alfred Kay – No. 18 Avon Squadron, New Zealand Air Training Corps.
  • Ashley Robert Lewis JP. Controller of Programme Services, Television New Zealand.
  • Lawrence Hamilton McClelland – Registrar-General of Land, 1967–80.
  • Miss Rita McEwan – lately Principal Nurse, Porirua Hospital.
  • Ian Crawford McGregor – lately Deputy General Manager, New Zealand Railways.
  • The Reverend Francis George McKean. For services in Tonga, New Hebrides, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
  • Dr James Graham Power. For services to medicine and the community.
  • Richard John Rassie. For services to sport especially table tennis.
  • Francis John Stanton – Mountaineer. For services to the DC 10 Recovery Operation, Antarctica, November–December 1979.
  • Mrs Catherine Edith Cydie Strang. For services to the theatre.
  • Hemi Wiremu. For services to New Zealand interests in the United Kingdom.
  • Robert Stronach Mitchell – Inspector, New Zealand Police.
  • James Morgan – Chief Inspector, New Zealand Police.
Military Division
  • Warrant Officer Yeoman of Signals Wiremu Nepia Bartlett (T15105) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Lieutenant Commander George Ross Gibson VRD – Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.
  • Warrant Officer Leigh George Morley BEM. (Y16720) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Warrant Officer Ordnance Artificer Geoffrey John Ockleston (G16267) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Warrant Officer Class I Robert George Blankley (A33212) – Royal New Zealand Artillery.
  • Warrant Officer First Class Edward William Bruce (A39077) – The Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers.
  • Warrant Officer Class II Michael David Flattery-Donohoe (E40990) – The Corps of Royal New Zealand Signals.
  • Warrant Officer Barry Ruthven Thurston (H77793) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Queen's Service Order[edit]

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

  • Dr Joseph Richard Dawson ED.
  • Mrs Kathleen Muriel Evans.
  • Norman Thomas Veech Gusscott.
  • Mrs Kathleen Mullins.
  • Henry Russell Rice JP.
  • Mrs Anne Margaret West.

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

  • Wilfred James Allingham.
  • Dr Henry Rongomau Bennett – Medical Superintendent, Tokanui Hospital since 1964.
  • Dr Graham Bruce Alistair Cowte.
  • Charles George Cran JP.
  • Dr Richard Kenneth Dell – Director, National Museum, 1966–80. President of The Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • Stewart Hector James Duff JP.
  • Arthur Gordon Spratt JP.
  • Daniel Lindsay Studholme.

Queen's Service Medal[edit]

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

  • Frederick John Stanley Adam.
  • Mrs Oleen Winifred Marge Adrian.
  • Bartholomew Michael Dennehy.
  • Noel Edwin Gordon Dick.
  • Mrs Hester Loughrey Gentles.
  • Ernest Moreland Groube.
  • William Hastings Jones.
  • Mrs Agnes Gwendolene King.
  • Mrs Amrita Norma Large.
  • Miss Marjory Mahala Lill.
  • Miss Rosalie Hazel Lill.
  • Mrs Williamina Margaret McHardy.
  • Mrs Dorothy Helen Meadows.
  • Mrs Mary Loma Lois Metherell.
  • Mrs Isobel Brunton Mills.
  • Mrs Martha Edna Moon.
  • Ronald Dalmore Munro.
  • Charles Edward Pethybridge.
  • Leonard Harry Sigglekow.
  • Mrs Mary Eileen Orella Smith.
  • Mrs Dorothy Waititi.
  • Mrs Airini Elizabeth Woodhouse.
  • Mrs Constance Ethel Wright.

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

  • George Witika Brown.
  • Mrs Christina Kelly Davey.
  • Frederick Denbee.
  • Geoffrey Neville Dyer JP.
  • Mrs Alice Marjorie Fieldhouse.
  • Dr Thomas Michael Francis Fitzgerald.
  • David Stewart Goulding JP.
  • Trevor William Hick JP.
  • Alan Purdy Jesson JP.
  • Ian Henderson Johnson – lately Teacher, Taita College.
  • Allan George Lather.
  • Mrs Daphne Irene Lawrence.
  • Mrs Margaret Jean Leaf JP.
  • Miss Ada Lucy Lee.
  • Gordon Buckingham McGeorge JP.
  • Henry James Martin JP.
  • Colin Harry Stuart Miller JP.
  • Frederick Sidney Phillips JP.
  • Albert Pomeroy.
  • Ronald Maxwell Stewart.
  • Gilbert Richard Yeoman ED.
  • Harold Mark Vincent Burgess – Detective Senior Sergeant, New Zealand Police.

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

  • Colin James Flanagan – Divisional Officer, Dunedin Fire Brigade.
  • George Raymond Heaven – Chief Fire Officer, Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade.
  • Peter Henry Thompson – Chief Fire Officer, Hokitika Volunteer Fire Brigade.

British Empire Medal (BEM)[edit]

Military Division
  • Chief Petty Officer Radio Supervisor Gary James Johnston (N17791) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Petty Officer Electrician David Thomas Lilley (Q19035) – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Sergeant David Ward Chambers (B42643) – Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
  • Sergeant Robert John McCloughen (A395002) – Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
  • Staff Sergeant Paul Herbert Robinson (V43466) – Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport.
  • Flight Sergeant Desmond John Lyall (J78921) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • General Service Hand Ronald Sidney Mead MM (L84052) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Flight Sergeant Thomas Richard Statham (D81055) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Queen's Police Medal (QPM)[edit]

  • Kenneth Owen Thompson MVO – Deputy Commissioner, New Zealand Police.

Air Force Cross (AFC)[edit]

  • Master Helicopter Crewman Ivan William Toothill (J78806) – Royal New Zealand Air Force.


  1. ^ New Zealand list: London Gazette (supplement), No. 48469, 31 December 1980. Retrieved 26 May 2013.