Mr Ian Walker, of Kaikoura, QSM for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Ian Walker joined the Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1979 and has been Chief Fire Officer since 1985. He played a key role in responding to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, despite his own home and business being severely damaged. With no phone network, the Brigade worked four-hour shifts manning the 111 number near the Council. He played a major role in communicating with the community and liaising with stakeholders. He provided vehicles from his business to assist with the response. Mr Walker served on the Kaikoura District Council and is a Trustee Member of the Community Vehicle Trust Board.