Ms Sarah Stuart-Black, of Wellington, QSO, for services to emergency management
Sarah Stuart-Black is Secretary General of the New Zealand Red Cross.
Previously, she was Director of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, overseeing the response to the Kaikoura earthquake, Port Hills fires, Christchurch terror attacks, Whakaari White Island eruption, floods in Southland, COVID-19 pandemic, and more than 50 other emergencies.
She oversaw implementation of the Emergency Mobile Alert system and the New Zealand Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) buoys network, and provided leadership during the transition process from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management to the National Emergency Management Agency.
She was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team and has represented New Zealand at international forums, meetings and exercises.
Ms Stuart-Black has published papers in international journals and co-edited three books.