Mrs Ella Buchanan Hanify, of Lower Hutt, QSM for services to music
Ella Buchanan Hanify has been musical director of St Peter and Paul Church for 25 of the past 40 years, and organist and advisor throughout this time. She was musical director of Artsplash. She directs the Te Awakairangi Youth choir and the Chilton Saint James School Seraphim and I See Red choirs. Seraphim has toured internationally, hosted overseas choirs, performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and sung at Anzac services and international rugby tests. Mrs Buchanan Hanify’s choral compositions are performed by her choirs and others, and won Best New Zealand Art Song at the 2009 Big Sing.