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The New Year’s Honour’s List

January 12, 2017

On New Year’s eve the Queen announced the 2017 Honours List and we were delighted to see the following Philanthropy New Zealand members and friends receive recognition for their services.

DNZM – To be Dame Companion of the said Order:

The Honourable Frances (Fran) Helen Wilde, CNZM, QSO, Wellington. For services to the State and the community. Fran is a Patron of the Nikau Foundation.

Fran has held leadership roles in central and local government since the early 1980s. During her career, she has held positions as a Member of Parliament, a Minister of the Crown, Mayor of Wellington, and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. As an MP, she successfully sponsored the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986. In the thirty years since then, she has contributed significantly to a wide range of community groups and issues in a variety of roles. Early in 2016, she retired from the Wellington Regional Council and currently holds governance positions in several national and regional entities. These positions include Chair of the Remuneration Authority and the Wellington Lifelines Group, a Treaty of Waitangi Chief Crown negotiator, Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Transport Agency and of the Capital Coast District Health Board, and director of Te Papa Tongarewa and the Whitireia-Weltec Council. Her current community roles include Chair of Wellington on a Plate and of The Great War Exhibition, board member of Business Mentors NZ Ltd and a trustee or patron of several other organisations.

ONZM – To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Roger Bridge, Christchurch. For services to business and philanthropy. He is a chair of Rātā Foundation (formerly the Canterbury Community Trust), the largest philanthropic organisation in the South Island with an endowment fund of more than $500 million. The Foundation funds organisations in Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and the Chatham Islands. He has worked with the Rātā Foundation’s Board to develop its strategic direction and the establishment of the Foundation’s $25 million Special Fund, a one-off fund created to assist with the social and economic impact of the Canterbury earthquakes. He is a Director of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund and Quotable Value. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has been involved in the formation and development of new business ventures, notably co-establishing Allstor Self Storage Ltd in 1994. He has held Trustee roles with the Christchurch Arts Festival and the Re: Start The Heart Foundation, which administers the Re: Start container mall in Cashel Mall, Christchurch. He has been a key supporter of these organisations to boost the recovery of Christchurch post-earthquake. He has also been a Trustee of the Te Papa Foundation.

Jennifer Gill, Auckland. For services to philanthropy. Jenny is CEO, Foundation North, formerly the ASB Community Trust, a community trust with more than $1.1 billion in assets which distributes grants of more than $40 million annually to community projects in the Auckland and Northland regions.

Under Jenny’s leadership Foundation North has pursued an innovative new funding strategy based on a venture capital model. This strategy has resulted in notable successes such as Sylvia Park School’s Mutukaroa School programme, which has been adopted by the Ministry of Education in more than 100 schools throughout the country. She established the Foundation’s Centre for Social Impact, which provides community organisations throughout New Zealand with capability building and training. She became involved with the charity and non-profit sector in 1976 when she became regional organiser for the Council of Organisations for Relief Services Overseas. She was a founding member and chaired the Boards of Philanthropy New Zealand, the Wellington Regional Community Foundation, and led the committee establishing the Funding Information Service’s online funding search tool. She was Executive Officer of the Roy McKenzie Foundation from 1985 to 1994 and was a Trustee and Chair of the J. R. McKenzie Trust. She was Executive Director of Fullbright New Zealand for 10 years.

MNZMMember of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Ms Huei Min (Lyn) Lim, Auckland. For services to New Zealand-Asia relations and governance.

Lyn Lim is a lawyer and businesswoman with extensive involvement in Asia-New Zealand commercial and cultural relations. She is the newly elected chair of Foundation North.

Lyn co-founded and has led the litigation practice of the law firm Forest Harrison since 2006. Forest Harrison provides legal services to medium-to-large companies and individuals with connections or links with Asia. She has been involved with the governance of organisations, companies and professional associations since 2003. She is a Director of Public Trust, a Council Member of Auckland University of Technology, a Trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation and a Trustee and recently appointed Chair of Foundation North, formerly the ASB Community Trust, New Zealand’s largest community trust with assets of more than $1.1 billion. She is Deputy Chair of the Foundation’s new Centre for Social Impact. She is also a member of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and was Chair of the New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust from 2008 to 2014. She was on the Executive Committees of both the New Zealand China Trade Association and the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association.

QSM – The Queen’s Service Medal

Kerri Graham, Naenae Boxing Academy for services to youth. Kerri is the General Manager of the Naenae Youth Charitable Trust (NYCT) and the Cannons Creek Youth Charitable Trust (CCYCT).

Kerri and her husband established the Naenae Boxing Academy (NBA) in 2006 and NYCT took over operation of the Academy in 2007. The Academy operates a strategic youth facility to assist male youth in developing life skills through the discipline of boxing and physical fitness. The Trust has worked with youth referrals from schools, the Police and Juvenile Courts, dealing with problems such as learning disorders, relationship difficulties and drug/alcohol abuse. CCYCT was set up in 2014 to provide the same service to the Cannons Creek community. The effectiveness of these programmes have contributed to a decrease in youth crime in Naenae and the greater Hutt Valley area. She manages the complete administration function for NYCT and CCYCT, raises funds, and liaises with the Police, government and major supporters such as the Tindall and Vodafone Foundations. She has been akin to a foster mother at times for boys in the gym programmes who have lived with her and her husband for short periods. Kerri has been instrumental in developing the vision and strategy for expanding the NBA programmes across New Zealand.

Friend of Philanthropy New Zealand

ONZM – Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

John Harrington, Christchurch. For services to youth. John is Scope Manager for Canterbury Youth Workers Collective.

John has been a youth worker and a leader in the development of youth work for more than 35 years. He established Te Ora Hou in Papanui in 1983. With the support of Spreydon Baptist Church he established Cross Over Trust in 1991, providing a unique Christian service supporting young people’s development. He played a key role in establishing the Hoon Hay Youth Centre in 1993 and chaired the Board for five years. He joined the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective (CWYC) in 1991, of which he became the Coordinator in 1997. In this role, he created a new paradigm in youth work in Canterbury, developing youth work as a viable career with progression and leadership possibilities for a network of Youth Workers. He established the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa and became the director in 2006. He drove the writing of the new National Youth Work Code of Ethics, undergirded by the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa. He led CWYC following the Canterbury earthquakes and managed the Strengthening the Youth Sector Project initiative. He holds a number of advisory board positions, including the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, The Wayne Francis Charitable Trust Youth Advisory Group and chairs the Weltec Advisory Group for the Bachelor of Youth Development.