Dame Cindy and Dr Alastair Blackie, of Kaiapoi, QSM for services to dentistry and local government
Dr Alastair Blackie was one of few dentists in the town of Kaiapoi for a number of decades. After the Christchurch earthquakes, he supported patients and other medical practitioners, including through offering free dental treatment. He has served on local and district councils, including on the Kaiapoi Council, with six years as Deputy Mayor. He continues to serve on the Waimakariri District Council, where he led the Regeneration team restoring Kaiapoi. He has held leadership and support roles within the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Dental Association for nearly 30 years. Dr Blackie has volunteered with the Charity Hospital.