Mr Graham Preston, of Tauranga, MNZM for services to education
Graham Preston drove the establishment of the Bethlehem Educational Campus in Tauranga, based on his vision of an independent school founded on Christian principles. He was Principal of Bethlehem College and helped to establish Rotorua’s Chapman College. He has chaired the New Zealand Association of Christian Schools and the Association of Integrated Schools. He helped to establish the New Zealand Christian Proprietors Trust for the extension and support of non-denominational Christian education. He has undertaken reviews of special-character schools in New Zealand and Australia. He initiated professional-development opportunities for educators in Christian Education through the Koinonia Institute. Mr Preston helped to establish the Amped for Life Drug Education Trust.