1997 New Year Honours (New Zealand)

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The 1997 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by Elizabeth II in her right as Queen of New Zealand, on the advice of the New Zealand government, to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders, and to celebrate the passing of 1996 and the beginning of 1997. They were announced on 31 December 1996.[1]

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

New Zealand Order of Merit[edit]

Dame Companion (DNZM)[edit]

Knight Companion (KNZM)[edit]

Companion (CNZM)[edit]

Officer (ONZM)[edit]


Member (MNZM)[edit]

  • Struan Robert Anderson – of Winton. For services to the community.
  • Marjorie Roseanne Blythen – of Warkworth. For services to the community.
  • Graham Thomas Bone – of Greymouth. For services to sport and the community.
  • Zinzan Valentine Brooke – of Auckland. For services to rugby.
  • Kevin James Campbell – of Wellington. For services to aircraft safety.
  • Joyce Alberta Carmichael – of Riverton. For services to the community.
  • Garth McMillan Cassidy – of Waipukurau. For services to transport communication.
  • Robert Cooper – of Auckland. For services to the port industry.
  • Anthony Robin Thomas Corcoran – of Christchurch. For services to the community.
  • Ashley James McLean Crampton JP – of Whangaparaoa. For services to welfare work.
  • Victor Bruce Cunningham – of Mount Maunganui. For services to local government and the community.
  • Lois Dorothy Daish – of Wellington. For services to the food industry.
  • Dr William John Dart – of Auckland. For services to art and music.
  • Emeritus Professor Paul Woodford Day – of Hamilton. For services to the community.
  • Robert Knox De Castro – of Blenheim. For services to horticulture.
  • Lawrence Samuel Dennis JP – of Wellington. For services to tourism and the hospitality industry.
  • John Burnett Dodds – of Wellington. For services to music.
  • Warrant Officer Kevin John Farley – Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Rae Margaret Frampton – of Auckland. For services to the community.
  • Gary Freeman – of Sydney, Australia. For services to rugby league.
  • John Joseph Lawrence Going – of Whangarei. For services to tourism.
  • Michael Niko Jones – of Auckland. For services to rugby.
  • June Seeta McBride – of Tauranga. For services to education and the community.
  • Bernadine Mary Meech – of Pahiatua. For services to the community.
  • Francis William Bruce Miller – of Christchurch. For services to the pork industry.
  • Dr Peter William Moller – of Christchurch. For services to medicine.
  • Dorothy Lillian Nicholls – of Eltham. For services to the community.
  • Brendan McPadden O'Connor – of Wellington. For services to public speaking.
  • Beryl Emma Jean Paine – of Nelson. For services to the community.
  • Tangiia Nooroa Paniora – of Tauranga. For services to the community.
  • Rewiti Pomare Kingi Paraone – of Auckland. For services to Māori and the community.
  • Apryll Hiria Parata-Blane – of Ruatoria. For services to education.
  • Valarie Winnifred Penty – of Timaru. For services to the community.
  • Alan David Ralph – of Auckland. For services to the disabled.
  • Lieutenant Commander Frank Rands – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Warrant Officer Paul Andrew Rennie – Royal New Zealand Navy.
  • Major David John Houghton Rhodes ED – Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, Territorial Force.
  • Kenneth Robert Rutherford – of Alexandra. For services to cricket.
  • Kevin Ryan – of Auckland. For services to the community.
  • Noma Jeanne Shepherd – of Kawakawa. For services to the community.
  • Bruce Cameron Smith – of Ōhaupō. For services to farming.
  • John Ru Hoani Tahuri – of Rotorua. For services to the community.
  • Squadron Leader Peter Dennis Wooding – Royal New Zealand Air Force.
  • Chief Petty Officer Radio Supervisor Alan Clifford Belcher – Royal New Zealand Navy. For military operations with the United Nations Protection Force in former Yugoslavia.

Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO)[edit]

For community service[edit]

  • Marguerite Brough-Rossiter – of Whakatane.
  • Ruth Catherine Lemin – of Invercargill.
  • The Reverend Maliko Setu Masina – of Porirua.
  • Virginia (Ginny) Margaret Radford – of Auckland.
  • Lorraine Margaret Storey – of Ohinewai.
  • John Adam Wilson – of Upper Hutt.

For public services[edit]

Queen's Service Medal (QSM)[edit]

For community service[edit]

  • Dorothy Lila (Bonnie) Aiken – of Auckland.
  • Thomas Sydney George Bentley JP – of Christchurch.
  • Garry Leslie Brennan JP – of Auckland.
  • Neva Yvonne Clarke McKenna – of Mangonui.
  • Denis Ian Dove – of Oamaru.
  • Grace Harriet Olive Dunsmuir – of Ngāruawāhia.
  • Gloria Agnes Grattan – of Wellington.
  • Beverley Bryna Holloway – of Auckland.
  • Pauline Dalziel MacInnes – of Wellington.
  • Tafaeafe A'aone Malifa-Poutoa JP – of Lower Hutt.
  • Joan Patricia Morrison – of Christchurch.
  • Tui Parsons – of Blenheim.
  • Colleen Frances Pobar – of Wellington.
  • Hanka (Hana) Pressburg – of Wellington.
  • Makerita Samau-Auta JP – of Palmerston North.
  • Keith Seyler – of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom.
  • Nita May Shannon – of Whakatane.
  • Kate Shaw – of Rotorua.
  • Kathleen Nola Speir – of Tauranga.
  • The Reverend Robert Alfred Spence – of Wellington.
  • Jewel Sucich JP – of Kaitaia.
  • Kina Zoe Tangiwai Dolly Tapper – of Matamata.
  • Alison Caresa Underhill – of Carterton.
  • Audrey Wilson – of Dunedin.
  • Stuart McGregor Wood – of Rangiora.
  • The Reverend Cecil Leonard Wright – of Auckland.

For public services[edit]

  • John (Jack) Alexander Adam JP – of Waitakere City.
  • David Aitken Alexander – of Palmerston North.
  • Roger Murray Borlase JP – of Nelson.
  • Marilyn Bernadette Bouzaid – of Masterton.
  • David Walter Charles Cooper – of Morrinsville.
  • William John Deed – of Waiuku.
  • Robert James Douglas JP – of Hamilton.
  • Ashley Brown Edwards – of North Shore City; inspector, New Zealand Police.
  • Margaret Anne Faulkner – of Porirua.
  • Dr Ephra Mary Garrett – of Tangimoana.
  • Richard Paul Rennie Graham – of Napier; detective sergeant, New Zealand Police.
  • Wallace Patrick Haumaha – of Rotorua; sergeant, New Zealand Police.
  • Ruth Herbert – of Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Maurice Shaw Jones – of Dunedin.
  • Margaret Annette Longuet-Higgins JP – of Wellsford.
  • Peter Unwin McLay – of Whakatane.
  • Dr William Grattan O'Connell – of Auckland.
  • Noeline Grace Owen – of Otorohanga.
  • Kelvin Francis (Alby) Pahl – of Murchison; chief fire officer, Murchison Volunteer Fire Brigade, New Zealand Fire Service.
  • Joseph Anzac Rewi JP – of Masterton.
  • Niall Campbell Shepherd – of Arthur's Pass; senior constable, New Zealand Police.
  • Bronte Stuart Sinclair – of Tauranga.
  • Shirley Anne Slatter – of Mt Cook.
  • Shirley Anne Stevenson – of Mosgiel.
  • William Brian Stevenson JP – of Mosgiel.
  • Mark Brendan Traynor – of Wellington.
  • Charles Lawrence Waters – of Christchurch.


  1. ^ "New Year honours list 1997". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1996. Retrieved 15 December 2019.