Major David Bennett, of Lower Hutt, MNZM for services to the Salvation Army and the community
Major David Bennett was involved with the Salvation Army from 1965 until retiring from active service in 2018.
He has been involved with church leadership in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and the United Kingdom.
He was Youth Director in Otago and Southland, National Secretary for Public Relations, Training Principal of the Salvation Army Training College, and National Coordinator of Emergency Services.
He helped lead Salvation Army support following the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes and international natural disasters. Major Bennett initiated a building renovation project for the Glenfield Salvation Army and introduced a scheme for the Christchurch City Corps that helped the church pay down its mortgage and become debt-free.