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Queens Birthday Honours recognises rural sector achievements

Thirteen people associated with the rural sector recognised for their achievements in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

The New Zealand rural sector’s achievements have been highlighted in the recently released Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“The number of Queen’s Birthday Honours that have an agricultural connection shows the significant contribution farmers and agribusiness continue to play in New Zealand, Dr William Rolleston, president of Federated Farmers, says.

“These awards recognise contributions in science and innovation, mental health, business and the environment indicating the diversity of effort in the rural community.”

2017 Queen’s Honours List

This year, 13 people associated with the rural sector honoured. 

  • Wendy McGowan ONZM for services to rural women
  • Nick Pyke MNZM for services to the arable industry
  • Maxine Simmons CNZM for services to science, particularly biotechnology
  • Doug Avery MNZM for services to agriculture and mental health
  • Rebecca Keoghan MNZM for services to business, particularly the dairy industry
  • Peter MacGregor MNZM for services to Māori and agriculture
  • Dr Lesley Rhodes CNZM for services to science and marine farming
  • Tony Hall CNZM for services to education and sport
  • James Guild MNZM for services to the deer industry
  • Graham Kennedy MNZM for services to business
  • Allan Scarlett MNZM for services to local government and the dairy industry
  • David Finlay QSM  for services to irrigation and sport
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