Dame Margaret Bazley, Wellington, ONZ, for services to New Zealand
Dame Margaret Bazley has held senior leadership roles in the health and state sector for more than 50 years, most recently as Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission from 1999 to 2011. She was Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission in the 1980s, where she was involved in the formation of State Owned Enterprises and the development of the State Sector Act. She was Secretary for Transport from 1988 to 1993, Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare, Chair of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology from 2001 to 2007, and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 2001 to 2011. She was Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct, a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, and Chair of the Review of the Legal Aid System. Most recently, Dame Margaret has been Chair of Environment Canterbury and Registrar of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament. She has received a numerous honours and awards including the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2011 and an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Massey University in 2008. In 1999 Dame Margaret was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as Chief Executive of the Department of Social Welfare.