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BusinessNZ applauds educators

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/12/2016

BusinessNZ is pleased so many people in the education sector were recognised in the New Year Honours.

A total of 17 New Zealanders received honours for services to education.

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope says education is the key to better social, business and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders.

"Every aspect of New Zealand life can be enriched by better education outcomes, and there will be great support for this move to honour our heroes of education," Mr Hope says.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says the 17 honours are a reflection of the extremely high value New Zealand places on education.

"These 17 New Zealanders are fine examples of the dedicated people working in education to make a real and positive difference for young people.

The 17 recipients are:


Miss Georgina Kingi, QSO, for services to Maori and education


Mrs Beverly Rae Duff, for services to women and education

Mr John Ioane Fiso, for services to sport, education and the Pacific community

Professor Robert Hans George Jahnke, for services to Maori art and education

Dr David Ross Mitchell, for services to education


Ms Jacqueline Lindsay (Jacquie) Bay, for services to science and education

Mr Ross Brown, for services to education

Ms Jillian Corkin, for services to education

Mr Derek Sinclair Firth, for services to arbitration and education

Mrs Madeline Gunn, for services to education

Mr John Heyes, for services to education

Mrs Robyn Hickman, for services to education

Mrs Nahusita Selupe, for services to education and Maori and Pacific communities

Mrs Alison Thelma Wilkie, for services to health and education


Mr Graham Leslie, for services to education

Ms Barbara Stewart, for services to youth and education

Mrs Herita Rita (Rita) Toko, for services to Maori and education

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