Mr Peter Simpson, ONZM, of Woodend, for services to education
Peter Simpson was Principal of Belfast School in Christchurch for 23 years, working to address wellbeing and equity issues for children.
He was Foundation Chairperson of Te Mataura School Board of Trustees, guiding the newly built school through all establishment processes and helping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has been a long-serving member and Chairperson on the New Zealand Educational Institute Principals Council and received Associate Membership for his voluntary service.
He was an executive member of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, serving as National President, and was an executive member of the Canterbury Principals’ Association, receiving Life Membership with both organisations.
He has helped organise two successful Australasian Principals Conferences. Mr Simpson has worked with several innovative programmes to further support children in education.