For this week’s final investiture, eleven recipients were honoured at Government House Wellington. Former Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, received a QSO for services to the judiciary, children and youth. Judge Becroft contributed to the development of the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018, and co-founded the Māngere Community Law Centre which provides open access to justice in South Auckland.
Denise Messiter received an ONZM for services to Māori and health. She has helped establish several health and wellbeing initiatives like Te Whāriki Manawāhine o Hauraki Māori Women’s Refuge, Hauraki Housing Network and the Pātaka Kai food rescue service.
Three recipients from New Zealand Police were also honoured this afternoon, including Detective Inspector Dave de Lange, who has spent 25 years with the Criminal Investigation Branch.