Brenda Perry, Auckland, MNZM, for services to women's tennis
Ms Brenda Perry has spent 35 years in professional tennis nationally and internationally as a player, then in international operations, governance, officiating and media. She has been ranked number one in New Zealand Juniors and Women, played in all four Grand Slams, achieving a world ranking of 80, and has represented New Zealand in the Fed Cup. She has advocated for opportunities for women in sport and helped obtain equal prize money for women’s tennis. She has achieved many world and New Zealand firsts in her various tennis roles. In 1985 she was the founding tournament director of the first women’s professional tennis event in New Zealand and was also tournament director for the ASB Classic in 2009 and 2010. She was a board member for the Peter Snell Institute of Sport, a founding member and selector of the Seed Foundation for tennis players and a trustee of the Papatoetoe Sports Centre Community Trust. Ms Perry has coached and mentored young New Zealand tennis players.