Neale Ames, of Otaki, received the Queen's Service Medal for services to surf life saving. He has been an active lifeguard for more than 35 years and was instrumental in fundraising for the rebuilding of the Otaki clubrooms after they were destroyed by fire in 1987. He was involved with Surf Life Saving Western Districts for 30 years. He was Chair of the Central Region Coaching and Training School. He was a competition official at national level for more than 15 years and a New Zealand Representative to the World Life Saving Conference in 1978. Mr Ames was also the secretary-manager of the Otaki-Māori Racing Club for 30 years.