Six locals have been named in New Year's Honours List for services to Māori carving and bone art, the Coastguard, science education, community, social enterprise and prisoner welfare.
After a long and varied career in the public service and in the not-for-profit sector, Sir Kim Workman of Waikara Beach in Levin becomes a Knight Companion for services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector.
Sir Kim stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013.
Sir Kim became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.
In 2013, he was a semi-finalist for the New Zealander of the Year Award. He is the off-spring of a Māori/Scottish father, (Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane) and an Australian/Irish mother. He is also an independent marriage and civil union celebrant and is a member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand Inc.
Mr Owen Mapp becomes Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori carving and bone art. The Paraparaum resident played a key role in the revitalisation of Māori bone carving in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and has carved bone, whale ivory, jade and other materials for 49 years in New Zealand and internationally.
Mr Pete Dixon of Paraparaumu receives the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the Coastguard. Mr Dixon completed 30 years of volunteer service with the Kapiti Coastguard in 2017. Mr Dixon joined the Kapiti Boating Club in 1986 and later joined the Coastguard in 1987, which was a part of the Boating Club at the time. He held several positions with the Club and became Vice Commodore in charge of the Coastguard unit from 1989 until 1992. He continued on as a member of the committee and was made a Life Member of the Boating Club in 2006.
Mrs Alison Grace Vautier of Waikanae receives a Queen's Service Medal for services to the community. She was founder of the Waikanae CAMEO Society and served as President from 1994 until retiring in 2017. Within the wider community she has been a member of Country Women’s Institute for 53 years, President of Waikanae Probus Club on two occasions, a member of Waikanae Community Health Group, and founder of the Friends of the Hospital group in Pahiatua.
Dr Rose Collinge Hipkins of Rauamti becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science education. Dr Rose Hipkins is a teacher, teacher educator, and researcher who in 2016 received the New Zealand Association of Science Educators Peter Spratt Medal for sustained contribution to New Zealand Science education. She is frequently invited as keynote speaker at national and international conferences. In her role as Chief Researcher for the NZCER she has also provided advice to government agencies. Dr Hipkins was made a Fellow of the Society of Biology in the United Kingdom in 2013.
Ms Lani Evans of Pukerua Bay becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to social enterprise. She has been Manager of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation since 2016 and is leading the organisation’s programmes aimed at reducing the number of excluded and disadvantaged young people in New Zealand. As Foundation Manager Ms Evans has led a strategic redesign, launched an accelerator programme and led the release of the DreamLab app, which uses the collective power of smartphones in place of a supercomputer to analyse data for cancer research. She is co-founder of grassroots grant-maker Thankyou Charitable Trust, sits on the board of the Peter McKenzie Project, a 20 year spend down fund focused on eradicating child poverty in New Zealand, and has been involved with social enterprises for 10 years.