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Science recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Posted in Reflections On Science on June 8th, 2016.
Via Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Via Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Several prominent New Zealanders have been recognised for their services to science in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, celebrating the Monarch’s 90th Birthday.

Selected examples are included below with quotes from their citations.

Mr Christopher Robert Mace, of Auckland, was made a Knight Companion of the  New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM), for services to science and education.

“Mr Christopher Mace has been Chairman of NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) since 2009.

During this time Mr Mace has forged relationships with other scientific entities and worked on improving the financial performance of NIWA.”

Dr Dianne Christine McCarthy, of Blenheim, was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for services to science, business and women.

“Dr Dianne McCarthy was Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2007 until 2014 and is passionate about encouraging women to commence careers and develop their leadership potential within science and research.”

Professor Wei Gao, of Auckland, was made an Officer of the  New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), for services to science and engineering.

“Professor Wei Gao is a world-renowned academic, and is one of New Zealand’s leading material scientists and engineers.

“Through his work, Professor Gao has made a significant impact in helping to address the environmental, industrial, and technological challenges facing New Zealand and the rest of the world. “

Coverage of the recipients includes:

Manawatu Standard: Early school-leaver to Sir
Hawkes’s Bay Today: Six exceptional people honoured
RNZ: Honours for NZers from all walks of life
Stuff.co.nz: Queen’s 90th birthday honours
MSN News: No stars, but lots of community honours
Otago Daily Times: Five new NZ knights, two new dames
National Business Review: Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Sir Christopher Mace (Knight)
TVNZ News: Queen’s Birthday Honours: Few household names, but plenty of community stars
New Zealand Herald: Queen’s Birthday Honours: Celebrating our great Kiwis
The Press: Editorial: Queen’s Birthday Honours celebrate our grassroots heroes
New Zealand Herald: Queen’s Birthday Honours: Janice Dawson
Stuff.co.nz: Marlborough scientist Dr Dianne McCarthy becomes Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

 

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