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Queen’s Birthday Honours announced

Today's Queen's Birthday Honours List includes four Gisborne and Wairoa residents.

They are James Brownlie (NZOM), Michelle Grant (QSO), Judy Livingston (QSM) and Greg Shelton (QSM).

Ruakituri farmer James Brownlie, a man who has made a major contribution to agriculture training, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Mr Brownlie has owned Nga Tuhoe Station in Ruakituri Valley since 1974 and was involved with the establishment of the East Coast Farm Cadet Scheme in 1980.

Mr Brownlie opened his farm to be used as a training and operations base for Search and Rescue exercises close to Urewera National Park. He began his ongoing involvement in mentoring trainees with the formation of the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation (Ag ITO). He was Chairman of the Ag ITO Gisborne regional committee from 1995 to 2010 and was elected to the National Board between 2003 and 2009.

In 2006 he co-developed the Waipaoa Station Farm Cadet Training Trust, facilitating a commercially operating farm where trainees could live on-site for two years. He was instrumental in setting up the Trust's ability to grant a formal agricultural qualification. The Trust is now a benchmark for agricultural training in the sheep, beef and supporting agencies sectors. He has provided guidance and contributed to governance for several Maori incorporated farms and farming clusters, including Whangara Farms, Onenui Station, Tauwharetoi Station, and the Te Taumata Cluster.

Since 2012, he has been at the forefront of a syndicate of farmers developing and breeding a premier lamb export product, which has developed into a joint venture with the Alliance Group.

Michelle Grant receives the Queen's Service Order (QSO), which recognises valuable service within the community.

Mrs Grant has worked for Whanau Ahuru Mowai O Turanganui A Kiwa (Gisborne Rape Crisis) for 25 years, supporting those affected by sexual violence.

Mrs Grant joined Gisborne Rape Crisis Collective as a volunteer in 1995 and has been Coordinator since 2009. She has helped provide safe and non-judgemental services that have had life-changing outcomes for those accessing them. She supports staff to develop suicide prevention workshops, self-awareness workshops and awareness for the signs of sexual abuse. She developed and helped to implement the ‘He Au Raukati' suicide youth prevention programme and worked alongside youth to help deliver the programme across schools and marae within Te Tairawhiti.

Identifying an emerging need to work with men, she developed programmes and counselling for men, an initiative which has been followed by other sexual assault support services nationally. In 2015 she developed and implemented the Te Tiriti O Waitangi workshop into the National Rape Crisis Training Manual.

She has helped her local Rape Crisis to become a fully Kaupapa Maori organisation and in 2019 she joined the Kaupapa Maori Sexual Violence steering group, which informs the seven Kaupapa Maori services nationally. Mrs Grant has served on the governance group and as treasurer of the national collective for six years, and was part of the National Sexual Violence steering group.

Judy Livingston receives a QSM for services to music and the community.

Miss Livingston was committee member and Vice President for two years of the New Zealand Concert Bands Association between 2008 and 2012. She was committee member and Vice President for two years of New Zealand Sister Cities Inc. between 2008 and 2015. She has held multiple roles with Gisborne Concert Band since the 1970s, raising $160,000 in philanthropic grant funding during time as President, Secretary, Committee and Grants Advisor. Since 2000 she has delivered a free public concert series throughout January each year, which have been attended by thousands over the years.

She has supported the delivery of several national conventions in Gisborne on a voluntary basis, including for the Women's Institute and New Zealand Potters, helping organise funding grants, community networking and event registration. She has been a Trustee of Tairawhiti Positive Ageing Trust and Community Gisborne Charitable Trust since their inception, writing both Trust Deeds. She has also been involved with Gisborne Community House Trust and Music Services Young Musicians Trust in Wellington. She has secured grant funding for rehabilitation support programmes for Stroke Tairawhiti.

Greg Shelton also receives a QSM.

Mr Shelton has volunteered with Civil Defence in Tolaga Bay since 1990 and is currently Area Coordinator as of 2019, having been a long-term Sector Warden for the southern part of Uawa.

Mr Shelton has been a member of Uawa ANZAC Committee since 1990. He maintains the soldiers plot at Tolaga Bay Cemetery, used for ANZAC Day services annually. He was involved with the refurbishment of Reynolds Hall, having been a Trustee of the Hall from 1990 and serving time as Chairman. He has supported his local Surf Lifesaving Club, clearing driftwood from the beach in front of the Club building with his tractor and supporting Kaiua beach races. He was a Trustee of Uawa FM Radio Committee from 2006 to 2016. He coached Uawa Junior Rugby from 1999 to 2015. He has been involved with the Uawanui Environmental Sustainability Project.

Mr Shelton was recognised with Gisborne District Council's Citizens Civic Award in 2018.

- The Gisborne Herald will have further coverage and reaction to these awards on Tuesday.

HONOURED: Michelle Grant receives the QSO in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. Picture by Liam Clayton
James Brownlie receives the NZOM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. Picture by The Wairoa Star
Judy Livingston receives the QSM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. Picture by Liam Clayton
Greg Shelton receives the QSM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours.