Mr Richard Jeffery, of Takapau, ONZM for services to governance and the community
Richard Jeffery is founding CEO of Second Nature Charitable Trust. In this role, he has established the largest free schools programme in New Zealand for the performing arts, which now attracts 36,000 students a year. He oversaw the raising of nearly $100 million to establish two community facilities in South Auckland, the Vodafone Events Centre and the Vector Wero Whitewater Park. The Whitewater Park has provided youth programmes accessed by more than 11,000 schoolchildren and a world-class facility for elite athletes. Mr Jeffery established a private fund, the Rangahua Fund, to provide scholarships to young people to undertake social worker diplomas. He is a Trustee of The Rising Foundation, which mentors more than 300 South Auckland children annually. He was founder and Chairman of the Manukau Arts Festival.