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William (Bill) Bernard Boyd, QSO Is made a CNZM (Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) For services to the Rotary Inter- national organisation BILL Boyd, of Botany, is involved in a number of char- itable trusts as well as Rotary International. He’s a patron and trustee of Trees for Sur- vival, an envi- ronmental trust that has placed more than 150 plant-growing units in schools, and a trustee of the June Gray Trust, which supports community work. Mr Boyd is a trustee of the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust which focuses on literacy projects and which, with the support of Rotary clubs of New Zealand, has given 100,000 children in low- decile schools a dictionary of their own. He’s served in many community organisations, has been a war- ranted Scoutmaster, a youth leader and offce bearer in his church, and was a rugby referee for 31 years. He’s been a member of the Rotary organisation since 1971 and has served in many positions both locally and internationally. Mr Boyd was the president of Rotary International in 2006-2007, only the second New Zealander to hold the position, and was the frst Kiwi to chair the Rotary Founda- tion in 2011-2012. He served for a number of years on the International PolioPlus committee towards the eradica- tion of poliomyelitis, and he’s also received several international Rotary recognitions. His Queen’s Service Order (QSO) was awarded in 2007 for services to the community. David Thomas Wardell Is made a MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) For services to education DAVID Wardell, of Eastern Beach, established the Kip McGrath Edu- cation Centres, Irlen Clinics and Cellfeld Centres for dyslexia. His vision was to create a series of tutorial centres to comple- ment the state school system and enhance children’s literacy and numeracy, particularly for those with learning dis- abilities. After 20 years as a principal, he founded the Kip McGrath Education Cen- tres for New Zealand and the Pacifc in 1991. When he ceased his involvement with the centres in 2006, they were tutoring more than 15,000 students a year. In 1991, he established the frst Irlen Clinic in New Zealand, to assist children and adults with the visual perceptual disorder Mears- Irlen Syndrome, which can impede learning. He has trained more than 350 Irlen screeners in New Zealand and Fiji, many of whom provide free screening in schools. Since 2006, he’s established 16 Cellfeld Centres to assist those with dyslexia. He’s a retired member of the Order of St John and becomes president of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga next month. Mr Wardell is the operations manager for a charitable trust that has distributed 100,000 illustrated dictionaries to year 4 children in low-decile schools. Manmohan Singh Is awarded the QSM (Queen’s Service Medal) For services to New Zealand’s Indian community MANMOHAN Singh, of Clevedon, has been involved with the Indian Association and the New Zealand Sikh Society since 1981. He joined the NZ Sikh Society, Hamilton branch in 1981, and was a foundation member of the NZ Sikh Society, Auckland. He was a member and vice- president of the Indian Associa- tion’s Country Section. He was also involved in the construction of the frst Gurdwara Indian/Pun- jabi temple in Auckland in 1986. Mr Singh was elected vice- president of the NZ Sikh Council in 2007 and from 2005 to 2007 he was auditor of the Takanini and Otahuhu Gurdwara Temples. In 2007, he joined the Manukau Indian Association and is chair- man of the Des Punjab Sports and Cultural Centre NZ. In 2012, he was a member of the committee that reviewed and amended the Indian Association constitution. He established the Retailers Business Association and was elected president in 2012. Mr Singh has provided assist- ance to newly arrived Indian immi- grants on how to adapt to the New Zealand culture and way of life. BILL BOYD DAVID WARDELL Nationally acknowledged MORE than 10,000 regional residents have provided feedback on the Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan, after the 11-week public engagement process. “This is the frst time a New Zealand council has taken a district plan to the community before notifying it as a draft,” says Mayor Len Brown. “The level of input in recent weeks means the fnal shape of the plan will be stronger. “Aucklanders agree that we urgently need more options for affordable homes. “To deliver this we need a set of planning rules that will help us to manage growth in a balanced way. “That is why we need to keep moving the plan forward. “We’ll work through all of the feedback in the coming weeks, and I’m clear there will be changes to refect feedback from communities,” says Mr Brown. Penny Pirrit, the council’s regional and local planning manager, says a team is working its way through the public’s comments and ideas. “The feedback I’ve seen is very constructive. People have taken the time to communicate what they support in the plan, as well as parts they would tweak or change and the reasons why. “Much of the feedback is in-depth, covers a number of topics and is a real mix of both local and region-wide points to consider.” Ms Pirrit adds the council hopes to have a fnal feedback total by this Friday. Residents and ratepayers who provided submissions will be contacted later in the year with information regarding where they can fnd updates on the feedback council received and the resulting changes to the draft Unitary Plan. Thousands submit to council plan Williamson sticks with Wellington LONG-serving Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson will not stand in the super- city mayoralty poll in October. Encouraged by approaches from many groups and individuals from across the region, he has spent recent weeks seriously considering whether to make a tilt for Auckland Council Mayor Len Brown’s job. “But after much thought and in-depth analysis, including looking at personal, political, funding and other circumstances, I have decided not to contest the mayoralty,” says Mr Williamson. “I want to thank the huge number of people who gave me their support and I am sorry if they are disappointed by my decision. “I remain focused on serving my Pakuranga constituents and fulflling my ministerial responsibilities.” And Mr Williamson is standing by his decision not to retire at next year’s general election. Early this year, he told the Times that he had no intention of retiring from politics. “I’m still ft and healthy. I enjoy the job and have the confdence of the Prime Minister.” A spokesman confrmed last Friday that Mr Williamson intends to stand again in the next national poll. “The Prime Minister has also publicly said he would expect Maurice Williamson to continue to be a Minister if the Government won another term.” At the end of this parliamentary term next year, Mr Williamson will have completed 27 years as a National Party MP, with some of his more recent key jobs including introduction of the leaky homes package and the Customs Service crackdown on methamphetamine (P). He’s Minister outside of the Cabinet for Building and Construction, Customs, Statistics, and Land Information. Since he entered The Beehive in 1987, he has been Minister of Local Government, Communications, Broadcasting, Transport, Research, Science and Technology, and Associate Minister of Health.
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