Dame Cindy and Mr Ross Everiss, of Rotorua, MNZM for services to rugby
Ross Everiss is Team Manager of the All Blacks Sevens Rugby team. Under his leadership, All Blacks Sevens players have won the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year on five occasions. The All Blacks Sevens have regularly competed in the World Rugby Sevens World Series circuit, winning 13 of the 21 events to date, and are current champions of the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the Commonwealth Games and World Series. They have won three World Cup titles, four Commonwealth gold medals and one Olympic silver medal. Mr Everiss’s support and mentorship has contributed to the success of the team and helped inspire the younger generation into the sport.