Murray Sutherland, of Kaiapoi, MNZM,for services to the community and the timber industry
Mr Sutherland has revolutionised his family’s sawmilling business, Sutherland Timber, growing its staff and leading it into the international export market. He has donated timber to local schools, helped earthquake-hit locals weatherproof their homes, donated fuel to Community Watch Kaiapoi, supported Coastguard Waimakariri-Ashley and the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade, and sponsored the Kaiapoi Rugby Football Club, Kaiapoi Rugby League, the local RSA and Kaiapoi Club’s Men’s Outdoor Bowling, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. He has supported Ronald McDonald House and Riding for the Disabled. Mr Sutherland has been a Trustee of the Kaiapoi Park Committee, a member of the Tuhoe Preservation Committee, and a member of the Hillary Commission.