1961 New Year Honours (New Zealand)

The 1961 New Year Honours in New Zealand were appointments by Elizabeth II on the advice of the New Zealand government to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by New Zealanders. The awards celebrated the passing of 1960 and the beginning of 1961, and were announced on 31 December 1960.[1]

The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.

Knight BachelorEdit

Order of Saint Michael and Saint GeorgeEdit

Companion (CMG)Edit

Order of the British EmpireEdit

Knight Commander (KBE)Edit

Civil division

Commander (CBE)Edit

Civil division
Military division

Officer (OBE)Edit

Civil division
Military division

Member (MBE)Edit

Civil division
  • William Clayton JP – of Westland. For services to local government.
  • Winter Cole JP. For services to local body and community organisations in Christchurch and North Canterbury.
  • Esther Hill Elliott – matron of the Ross Home for the Aged, Dunedin.
  • Francis Stanley Grayling – of New Plymouth. For services to local government.
  • Murray Gordon Halberg – of Auckland. For services in the field of athletics.
  • William Patrick Hartstonge – mayor of Mosgiel, 1938–1959.
  • Joseph Thomas Head JP – in recognition of his services as a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Civil Staff), particularly in social welfare and industrial conciliation.
  • Neil Budhanan Hunt – chairman of the Rotorua County Council.
  • Rowena Othlie Jackson (Mrs Rowena Chatfield) – of Auckland. For services to ballet in New Zealand.
  • The Reverend Ngapaka Kukutai – of Ngāruawāhia. For services to the Māori people.
  • Mary Elizabeth McLean – of Christchurch. For services to the community and to local government in many fields.
  • Catherine Johnston Ovens – district nurse at Motueka.
  • Joyce Edith Phipps – corps officer, St John's Ambulance Brigade, of Auckland.
  • Papali'i Poumau – in recognition of his services in the Samoan public service and latterly as administrator of the island of Savai'i.
  • Robert John Runciman JP – of Timaru. For services to the children's health camp movement.
  • George Smith JP – of Huntly. For services to local government.
  • Harold Welton Smith – chief engineer to the Ministry of Works at Invercargill.
  • Ernest Ronald Spriggs JP – of Napier. For services to local government.
  • Gladys May Wilson – sister-in-charge, geriatric ward, Cook Hospital, Gisborne.
Civil division, additional, for gallantry
  • Horace Trevor Williams – school teacher, of Russell. For courage and determination when effecting the rescue of a mother and her child from a burning house.
Military division
  • Temporary Lieutenant-Commander (SP) Frank James Glanville – Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve, of Christchurch.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class John Tasman Dawson – Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps (Territorial Force), of Edendale.
  • Major (temporary) Donald Hector McLeod ED – Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps (Territorial Force), of Gisborne.
  • Captain Maysie Hildreth Moore – New Zealand Women's Royal Army Corps (now retired), of Wellington.
  • Lieutenant and Quartermaster Henry Williamson – Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Regular Force), of Ngāruawāhia.
  • Flight Lieutenant Harvey Colin O'Loughlin – Air Training Corps, of Greymouth.
  • Warrant Officer (W) Catherine Frances Bryers – Women's Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Auckland.

British Empire Medal (BEM)Edit

Civil division
  • John Dudley Cleeve – constable, New Zealand Police Force, of Piopio.
  • Tohovaka – sergeant, Niue Police Department, Niue Island.
  • George Colin Urquhart – detective senior sergeant, New Zealand Police Force, of Christchurch.
Civil division, for gallantry
  • Desmond Smith – launch master, Russell. For courage and determination when effecting the rescue of a mother and her child from a burning house.
Military division
  • Chief Petty Officer John Barker – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Dunedin.
  • Corporal James William Carter – New Zealand Regiment (Regular Force), of Auckland.
  • Sergeant Peter Crowther – Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers (Regular Force), of Auckland.
  • Chief Engineering Mechanic Thomas Arthur Hardy – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Auckland.
  • Chief Ordnance Artificer Samuel Harris – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Auckland.
  • Sergeant George Gordon Scott Harvey – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Whenuapai.
  • Staff-Sergeant Frederick John Kinley – New Zealand Regiment (Regular Force), of Gore.
  • Chief Wren Maureen Margaret McCambridge – Women's Royal New Zealand Naval Service, of Timaru.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class (temporary) Ian McDonald Russell – Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Regular Force), of Frankton Junction.
  • Flight Sergeant Johnston Vivian William Thomas – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Christchurch.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class (temporary) Robert Maurice Urquhart – Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery (Regular Force), of Christchurch.

Air Force Cross (AFC)Edit

  • Flight Lieutenant Alexander Robertson Campbell – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Ohakea.
  • Flight Lieutenant William Joseph Cranfield – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Weedons, Christchurch.
  • Flight Lieutenant John Corfe Evison – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Auckland.

Air Force Medal (AFM)Edit

  • Flight Sergeant Peter Antwis – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Whenuapai.

Queen's Police Medal (QPM)Edit

  • Francis John Brady – chief superintendent, New Zealand Police Force, of Auckland.

Queen's Fire Services Medal (QFSM)Edit

  • George Alexander Mackenzie – deputy chief fire officer, Auckland Fire Brigade.
  • Henry James Hayward – chief fire officer, Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 42233". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 31 December 1960. pp. 8927–8930.