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Thursday January 12, 2017

Honour for Wellington’s former mayor

Celia WadeBrown has been appointed Companion of The Queen’s Service Order for services to local government. PHOTO CREDIT: Supplied

By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington’s former mayor says she is humbled to be recognised for her contribution to local politics. Island Bay resident Celia WadeBrown was appointed Companion of The Queen’s Service Order for services to local government in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Ms Wade-Brown celebrates a successful career in politics which spanned more than two decades. She was mayor of Wellington for six years from 2010, until she announced she would be standing down prior to last year’s local government elections. Between 1994 and 1998, and 2001 and 2010, Ms Wade-Brown was also southern ward councillor for the Wellington City Council. Ms Wade-Brown said she was truly honoured to have been recognised for her work as part of the 2017 New Year Honours List. The former mayor reflected

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fondly on the many moments that shone a spotlight on the capital city — not only a national, but international stage. She said some of her “most fulfilling moments” as mayor included agreeing to a living wage, working towards a predator free Wellington and hosting the Rugby World Cup. “This honour is a tribute to the many council staff and volunteers who work so hard,” she said. Ms Wade-Brown said she also worked hard “to establish and ensure the success” of regional entities including the Regional Amenities Fund, Wellington Water, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office and Wellington Economic Development Agency. “This proved to be a far more effective approach than wholesale amalgamation,” she said. Internationally, Ms Wade-Brown said she was pleased to see Wel-

lington join the 100 Resilient Cities programme, and welcome the first Singapore Airlines flight to the capital. Ms Wade-Brown also acknowledged a special family connection on the heels of her recent honour. “A highlight of my mayoralty was working… on the World War I commemorations, including Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, the sound and light show and the Anzac street parade,” she said. “So it’s a lovely coincidence that my grandfather received an honour a hundred years ago – on January 1, 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross for service in World War I.” Since standing down last year, Ms Wade-Brown has qualified to teach English as a second language. She is currently walking the Te Araroa pathway, which spans the entire length of the country, with her husband.

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2017 New Year Honours List Several people from Wellington’s southern and eastern suburbs have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours List. Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit

Mr Murray Luxton, Oriental Bay, for services to the dairy industry.

Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit

Mr Peter Diessl, Mount Victoria, for services to music and philanthropy. Mrs Beverley Duff, Hataitai, for services to women and education. Mr John Fiso, Seatou n, for services to sport, education and the Pacific community. Mr Keith Taylor, Seatoun, for

services to theState. Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit

Ms Alison Balance, Hataitai, for services to natural history, filmmaking and broadcasting. Ms Marion Blake, Owhiro Bay, for services to people with mental health and addiction issues.

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