A total of four Waipā-based people received recognition in the New Year Honours List.
Karen and Ken Morris both receive the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to the community while Anita Mazzoleni becomes an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) and Eric Murray joins an elite list as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
Despite the death of Queen Elizabeth, the New Zealand Honours continue to made awards in her name, and that will remain the case until the issue is considered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Murray, who won gold medals in the coxless pair at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics with Hamish Bond, patron of Autism New Zealand, is one of 12 trustees of Perago Trust, established in 2012 to support young athletes in Cambridge to achieve in their chosen sport.
Mazzoleni, who moved from Auckland to Kaipaki in 2013, is rewarded for her services to corporate governance. She has had an extensive career as a lawyer, chartered accountant, independent company director and corporate finance advisor specialising in the evaluation and funding of investments, particularly in infrastructure.
Murray, honoured for services to rowing, represented New Zealand at four Olympics Games from 2004 to 2016, when he retired from competing.
He won gold medals with Hamish Bond in the coxless pair at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, setting both world and Olympic records at the London Olympics. Between 2009 and 2016, he and Bond enjoyed an
unbeaten partnership when they recorded 69 consecutive wins in the men’s coxless pair and two in the coxed pair. They won seven consecutive World Rowing Championship titles in the coxless pair and a further two in the coxed pair.
Anita Mazzoleni has had an extensive career as a lawyer, chartered accountant, independent company director and corporate finance advisor specialising in the evaluation and funding of investments, particularly in infrastructure.
She held significant roles as director and chair of audit and risk and finance committees for major public companies, non-governmental organisations and iwi businesses.
She was also a commerce commissioner for nine years, focusing on telecommunications and served as corporate finance manager for ECNZ and as acting finance director and general counsel for Contact Energy following its separation from ECNZ.
She has also served on the board of the Civil Aviation Authority and Aviation Security Services and as a director of ACC.
Mazzoleni was a director on the boards of Ngāti Whatua o Orakei Corporate, Ngāti Whatua o Orakei Whai Maia and chaired the commercial arm of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara.