Mr Des Minehan, of Cromwell, MNZM for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Des Minehan was instrumental in the formation of the Southern Plantations Rural Fire Authority (SPRFA). He chaired the SPRFA Board. He led discussions to convince the Department of Conservation and local government to combine with SPRFA across Southland and parts of Otago, ultimately forming the Southern Rural Fire Authority (SRFA). He chaired the SRFA Board leading up to the formation of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. He chairs the Enlarged Rural Fire Authorities Chairpersons Forum. He was Chairperson of the Cromwell Golf Club, President of Otago/Southland Axeman’s Association, and a Board member of Rugby Southland. Mr Minehan is a Life Member of the Mataura Rugby Club.