UC Law professor in Queen’s honours

14 June 2018

Sixteen University of Canterbury alumni and friends of the University, including a UC Law professor and a QC, have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year.

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    UC School of Law Professor Elisabeth McDonald has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the law and education.

UC Law professor in Queen’s honours

Sixteen University of Canterbury alumni and friends of the University, including a UC Law professor and a QC, have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this year.

UC School of Law Professor Elisabeth McDonald has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the law and education.

Professor McDonald is a legal researcher and writer with 28 years’ experience as a university lecturer and has made a significant contribution to the review and reform of evidence-based law in New Zealand.

Professor McDonald has held several teaching and administrative positions at Victoria University’s Law School for a number of years and was appointed a Professor at the University of Canterbury’s School of Law in 2016.

In the late 1990s she contributed to the Law Commission’s Women’s Access to Justice Project and on reform of evidence law in New Zealand. She has been highly influential in the development of feminist legal perspectives in New Zealand and was co-convenor of the Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa, later co-editing the project’s book published in 2017.

From 2009 to 2011 she researched new approaches to the prosecution and punishment of rape in New Zealand in collaboration with the Law Commission, which culminated in the publication of the 2011 book ‘From “Real Rape” to Real Justice: Prosecuting Rape in New Zealand’. This book influenced the Law Commission’s recommendation of new processes and is now considered the country’s most authoritative text on the subject. In 2014 Professor McDonald received a Marsden Fund grant to research the myths and misconceptions surrounding the concept of rape, and their impact as barriers to fair trial processes.

Earlier this year the New Zealand Law Society established a five-member working group, which includes Professor McDonald, “to look at the processes for reporting and taking action on harassment and inappropriate behaviour in legal workplaces.”

The University of Canterbury congratulates those staff, alumni and alumnae who exemplify our vision of tangata tu tangata ora, people prepared to make a difference, and have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours:

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Mr Nigel Hampton OBE, QC
For services to the Law
Alumnus: 1965 LLB

Mr Nigel Hampton is an internationally recognised criminal lawyer and was previously appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1988. In 1989 Mr Hampton was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He became the first Disciplinary Commissioner of Counsel before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2007. In 2014 he was elected as an alternate member of the Disciplinary Appeals Board for ICC Counsel. Having served two terms on the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, he chaired that Tribunal from 2002 until 2005. He currently chairs the Law Society’s National Standards Committee. As one of New Zealand’s leading defence lawyers he has been involved with a large number of the country’s most high profile and controversial criminal cases. More recently, he has played a leading role as counsel in relation to the Pike River Royal Commission and related litigation, and various inquiries into the collapse of the CTV building. He was Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga from 1995 until 1997. He is a judicial officer for World Rugby, SANZAAR (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby), and New Zealand Rugby. Mr Hampton is the Chair of the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum Trust, a Board member of KidsCan, and patron of the Howard League.

Existing honours

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Queen’s Birthday 1988

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Mrs Gillian Gemming
For services to Hockey
Alumna: 1972 BA Geography

Mrs Gill Gemming has been President of the Tauranga Hockey Association since 2016, having previously been a Board member from 2011 and a coach and manager since 2000. She piloted the Funsticks school programme to encourage more children into the sport, which has since been run throughout New Zealand. She is currently developing the Hockey Without Limits programme for those with disabilities.

Mr Gordon Hosking
For services to conservation
Alumnus: 1968 BSc Science

Dr Gordon Hosking has been a Trustee of Project Crimson for 27 years and has made significant contributions to the organisation’s efforts to protect pōhutukawa, rātā, and other native trees. He has planted thousands of trees at Project Crimson events and has contributed to the Trust’s environmental education initiatives. He led operations for the Living Legends conservation project, which from 2011 to 2016 saw more than 170,000 native trees planted to commemorate New Zealand’s hosting of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Dr Hosking helped establish Trees That Count in 2016, a national project encouraging New Zealanders to plant millions more native trees to mitigate climate change.

Mr Peter Lorimer
For services to the State
Alumnus: 1968 BA Economics
1969 LLB
1969 MA Economics

Mr Peter Lorimer has worked at Treasury since 1988 and he has held a variety of positions through which he has contributed to the public service. Mr Lorimer has played a key role in developing legislation, such as the Fiscal Responsibility Act 1994 and the Public Finance Act 1989. His contributions have enabled the Act to remain up-to-date and effective through changing circumstances. Mr Lorimer held previous positions with the Treasury from 1968 to 1977 and with the Department of Labour from 1977 to 1988.

Mr Michael O’Brien
For services to social policy and education
Alumnus: 1974 BA Sociology

Associate Professor Michael O’Brien is a leading social policy academic who has taught in social work programmes for 38 years and contributed to the wellbeing of children and families through a range of roles. Associate Professor O’Brien is a Life Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers. He has been a member of the Management Committee of the Child Poverty Action Group. He has been Convenor of the Inequality and Poverty Group of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit 

Professor Elisabeth McDonald
For services to the law and education
Staff: UC School of Law (for biographical details see above)

Mr Andrew (Kerry) Dellaca, JP
For services to children and sports governance
Alumnus: 1977 Bcom

Mr Kerry Dellaca has been a Board member of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre since 2005 and Chairman since 2012. Mr Dellaca has overseen the rebuilding of the Chomondeley Children’s Centre following the Christchurch earthquakes and led a fundraising campaign that saw the $6 million facility delivered debt free. He has held a number of roles with the Buller Cricket Association, including representative player, Secretary from 1980 to 1990, Treasurer from 1977 to 2008, and as Buller delegate to Cricket New Zealand meetings. As Treasurer he oversaw a turnaround in the Association’s finances and operations to become one of the highest ranking in New Zealand Cricket’s District Associations.

Miss Andrea Hewitt
For services to triathlon
Alumna: 2004 Bcom/Athlete

Miss Andrea Hewitt is a New Zealand triathlete who has had podium finishes at the World Championship Series five times in the past seven years, including Grand Final medals in 2011 (gold) and 2014 (silver). After competing in triathlon for less than half a year she won the U23 World Championships in Gamagori, Japan. She has gone on to win a total of 27 medals at World Cup, World Triathlon Series and World Championship events, including a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She has posted 25 consecutive top ten placings in elite races dating back over the past two years. She has represented New Zealand at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In 2017 she was ranked number two in International Triathlon Union tables and launched the Andrea Hewitt Foundation the same year to support young triathletes.

Ms Gabrielle Huria
For services to Māori and governance
Alumna: 1986 BA Sociology

Ms Gabrielle Huria has been Chair of Māori and Pacific mental health provider Emerge Aotearoa since 2014, leading the organisation to become a NGO leader in mental illness, addiction and social/emergency housing. Ms Huria managed the communications strategy for Ngai Tahu during the negotiation and post-settlement periods. She instigated and was initial editor of the tribal magazine Te Karaka and volunteered her time to run film and communications courses for young Māori. She has held director positions with several organisations since the 1990s and was Chair of Tahu Communications and the Whanau Ora Te Waipounamu Regional Leadership Team. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake she established the Mana Waitaha Charitable Trust, which developed the infrastructure and land zone reform at Tuahiwi to enable tribal members to live on their traditional land.

Ms Margaret Jefferies
For services to the community
Alumna: 1966 BA Geography
1968 MA Geography
1968 Teachers College Diploma

Ms Margaret Jefferies is Chair of Project Lyttelton, a grass-roots organisation engaged in innovative community projects, and has been involved as a volunteer for 13 years. In 2005 Ms Jefferies introduced the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank, in which people in the community can trade their skills and time on an equal basis. The Lyttelton TimeBank has inspired the establishment of 30 other time banks around New Zealand. She is a member of the Leadership in Communities programme and a Board member of Living Economies Educational Trust. She previously chaired the Lyttelton community radio station and helped set up the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association.

Ms Tracy Phillips
For services to the New Zealand Police and the community
Alumna: 1989 BA Psychology

Inspector Tracy Phillips joined the New Zealand Police in 1990 and has delivered a number of projects beyond the scope of her assigned roles. Inspector Phillips was the driving force behind the introduction of the Tac Comms programme, developing a ‘train the trainers’ course which she has delivered in nine of the twelve Police Districts to date. She is Coordinator of the Pan Auckland Police Horse Group and has organised mounted horse patrols, despite there being no official Mounted Horse Group within Police, at various public events such as parades to foster positive public interactions. She has been a strong advocate in supporting the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex (LGBTI) community’s relationship with the New Zealand Police.

Dr Katherine Saville-Smith
For services to seniors and housing
Alumna: 1978 BA History
1980 GradDipJ Journalism
1982 MA (Hons) Sociology

Dr Kay Saville-Smith is a sociologist whose research focuses on optimising the interface between households, communities, industry, and local and central government. Dr Saville-Smith has directed Centre of Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment since 1994. Her research into housing need, retirement villages, house condition, sustainability and accessibility, and downsizing, fuel poverty and leaky homes is solutions-building. Currently leading programmes in both the Ageing Well and the Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenges, she has advised the Mental Health Commission, councils, and Commission for Financial Capability.

The Very Reverend Pamela Tankersley
For services to the Presbyterian Church and the community
Alumna: 1970 Teachers College Diploma

The Very Reverend Pamela Tankersley has been involved in the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ), including as Moderator of the General Assembly and as Moderator of the Council for World Mission. She was appointed Global Mission Coordinator of PCANZ from 2010 to 2012, during which time she strengthened relations with partner churches in India, Asia and the Pacific. She was elected as a member of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia from 2005 to 2010. She has made key contributions to increasing women’s voice in the church. She has represented the New Zealand Association of Presbyterian Women at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for three consecutive years.

Mrs Julie Wylie
For services to musical play therapy
Alumna: 1980 CertLibStud Liberal Studies
1985 BA Music
1986 DipT Secondary
2003 MusB(Hons) Music

Mrs Julie Wylie is recognised nationally and internationally for her contributions to musical play therapy. Mrs Wylie founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association 22 years ago. She is the founder of the music programme and senior music specialist at the Champion Centre for children with special needs at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch. She has presented music workshops and papers internationally in China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland. She runs her own music school for mothers and young children from babies up to eight years, and is a director for an international online training programme in Musical Play and Play Therapy.

Queen’s Service Medal

Ms Alison Ross
For services to conservation
Alumna: 1975 MZ (Hons) Religious Studies

Ms Alison Ross formed the Lyttelton Environment Group in 1987 and has continued as Secretary to the present day. Ms Ross was the foundation secretary/manager of Otamahua/Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust from 1997 until her retirement in 2008. During her tenure she raised $500,000 and around 70,000 native trees were planted. She has been involved with Heritage New Zealand, co-edited a second edition of ‘Otamahua-Quail Island – a Link with the Past’, and secured a grant for a restoration plan for the Scott/Shackleton stables on Quail Island.

Ms Rosemarie Searle
For services to the community and sport
Alumna: 1989 DipT Primary (Education)

Ms Rosemarie Searle has supported the Kumara community through a range of roles and organisations since 1995. Ms Searle taught at Kumara School between 1995 and 2005 and joined Kumara Community Trust in 1995, where she has been Coordinator of the provisioning contract for the Coast to Coast multisport event, involving the preparation of meals for some 1,200 contestants, and helped raised $200,000 towards projects in the community. After an accident in 2005 left her with a traumatic brain injury she retired from teaching and active sports and retrained as a Diversional Therapist. She continued with Community Trust work and sport administration, and has been involved with the local Lions Club and has researched Kumara history.

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