Emeritus Professor David Elms, Christchurch, received the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to civil engineering. He was a leader in environmental thinking for engineering education and practice while teaching at the University of Canterbury for some 40 years. He has contributed extensively to journals on his area of expertise. He was involved in a number of inquiries, including the 1992 Inquiry into the Safety of Nuclear Powered Ships and the New Zealand Police INCIS Inquiry and has served as a commissioner on a number of major environment hearings. He played a substantial role in the founding of the Centre for Advanced Engineering and served on its governing board for many years. Professor Elms is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand.