This afternoon’s investiture ceremony welcomed twelve further recipients, including Superintendent Rakesh Naidoo, who received an MNZM for services to the New Zealand Police and ethnic communities. In his 21-year career with the police, Superintendent Naidoo has advocated for ethnic communities and has worked to reduce family harm in New Zealand. He helped establish Gandhi Nivas, an organisation working to prevent family violence by offering early intervention and rehabilitation services. Since its creation, Gandhi Nivas has supported over 2,500 families in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Ian Smith received a QSM for his contributions to civil defence and the community. Mr Smith has supported Gisborne Civil Defence through multiple severe weather events, and volunteers with Gisborne Coast Guard. Congratulations to all this afternoon’s recipients.
More photos from this event can be found here - Wellington Investitures 21 September 2023 PM