Mr Des Peters, of Christchurch, ONZM, for services to the snow sport industry
Des Peters jointly established the first professionally accredited and operated Ski School at Mt Taranaki. He introduced the first Stone Grinding machines and snow-making machinery and equipment to New Zealand’s ski slopes, helping to guarantee ski and snowboard seasons in our environment. He was the Secretary, Treasurer, and National Committee Member of the New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance. He led a team that developed the organisation into a nationally and internationally recognised certification body, supporting New Zealand instructors entering the industry to gain qualifications for employment in New Zealand and overseas. He was President and Vice President of the New Zealand Snow Industries Federation. Mr Peters was Chairman of the Ski Areas Association New Zealand, an organisation representing ski area operators.