Tuesday January 2 2018
New Year Honours
Members of the community have been acknowledged on the New Year Honours list for their achievements and work in the community •John Norman Harrison – Cass Bay, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and theatre. Mr Harrison was executive officer of the New Zealand Brass Bands’ Association from 1979 to 2003. During this time Mr Harrison oversaw the National Band of New Zealand and from 1990 to 2009 he was also executive officer of the Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Association. Mr Harrison helped bring the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to New Zealand in 2000. He volunteered in various roles at The Court Theatre from the mid-1970s, including a period as chief usher, and served on the trust board from 2003 to 2013. He was secretary and a trustee of the Court Theatre Foundation from 2012 to 2016 and was made the inaugural Fellow of The Court Theatre in 2016. His 22-year career as an announcer and programmer with Radio New Zealand culminated in his appointment as executive
music producer. In 1984 he was vice-president of the National Music Council. During the 1970s and 1980s Mr Harrison was choir master at Lyttelton’s Holy Trinity Church. •Paul Ferrier Pritchett – Church Bay, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to yachting and the community. Mr Pritchett has played a key role in encouraging the youth of Canterbury into sailing. He introduced the Optimist Sailing Dinghy to New Zealand in 1975 and instigated the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy Association, spening many hours travelling the country to promote the dinghy as the ideal child’s learner sailing boat, which has since been widely adopted around New Zealand. He founded the Water Activities Centre in 1986, through
which school pupils were able to learn safe sailing and associated water activities. He co-founded sailing for the disabled in Canterbury in 1989 and is a life member of the Charteris Bay Yacht Club and has been commodore twice. He has chaired Canterbury Yachting Association committees and been chairman of the Youth Committee of the New Zealand Yachting Federation. Within the wider community Mr Pritchett has been involved with probus and lions clubs, organised beach clean ups, tree plantings, and cliff track working parties. •Graeme Richard Wallis – Cashmere, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music. Mr Wallis has been a significant contributor to the music scene for more than 40 years and has held numerous leadership positions within Canterbury music organisations. He has held various leadership positions with the Avonhead
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Rotary Club since 1984 and has led several fundraising projects, including a leading role in the fundraising for the purchase and installation of a pipe organ at the town hall in 1997. He is currently chairman of the Friends of the Arts Centre of Christchurch. He has been president of the Christchurch Civic Music Council since 2006 and chairman of Christchurch Civic Music Council Concert Programmes since 2011. He is the past president of the Specialist Music Programme and chairman of the National Concerto Competition Trust and the Voice of Music Committee. Mr Wallis has been musical director of the Christchurch Operatic Society, patron of the Friends of the Christchurch School of Music Support Trust, and was president of the New Zealand Society for Music Education in 1989. •Shona Evelyn Andrell – Addington, The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the stroke community. Mrs Andrell has provided assistance and support to members of stroke communities in
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