Dame Cindy and Mrs Margaret Dodds, of Christchurch, MNZM for services to special education
Margaret Dodds has been an active member of Special Education New Zealand. She was Team Leader of Special Education in several high schools and Principal of Waitaha Special School. With the Principal of Lemonwood Grove, she established the Lemonwood Grove full primary and Waitaha special education schools side-by-side. She played a key role in relocating Waitaha to a purpose-built facility in Rolleston, with four satellite provisions across mainstream schools. She ensured her students had an everyday school experience, introducing new curriculum, school dances, camps and inter-school sports, and created an innovative sensory-motor therapy room. Since retiring, Mrs Dodds has twice covered primary school principal roles at short notice.