Ms Joan Wilson on behalf of the late Mr Dave Cull, of Dunedin, CNZM, for services to local government
Mr Dave Cull was a Councillor and later Mayor of Dunedin City Council.
As Mayor, he implemented a plan for restructuring council-controlled organisations, improved the financial state of the city, and placed openness and transparency at the forefront of democratic process.
He instigated work in heritage reuse, digital excellence and sustainable urbanism.
He built strong sister-city relationships with Edinburgh and Shanghai and supported United Nations initiatives to build international cultural links and support sustainable development.
He supported Dunedin’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature and contributed to the UN’s Creative Cities Network.
Mr Cull served as President of Local Government New Zealand, Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific, and Chair of the Southern District Health Board.