Jo Beetham, of Masterton, QSM for services to the community and the arts
Jo Beetham worked with the disabled through Home of Compassion and set up Riding for the Disabled. She has been a victim support volunteer with the New Zealand Police and carried out home visits to elderly people with the Accredited Visiting Service. She was Chair of the Friends of Aratoi Museum of Art and History. She and her husband have staged Opera in the Woolshed concerts on their farm as part of the Kokomai programme, and she initiated the Scarecrow Festival with the farming community throughout South Wairarapa. Mrs Beetham is Chair of the Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust.