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Bay's best honoured
Five Hawke's Bay people have
been recognised in this year's
Queen's Birthday Honours List.
They are Napier businessman
Ken Gilligan (MNZM); Hastings
Family Court Judge Paul von
Dadelszen (QSO); former Art Deco
Trust chair Sue Page (QSM);
Taradale firefighter Ivan Young
(QSM) and Flaxmere councillor
Here we profile the three
For services to business,
Napier's Ken Gilligan was
awarded the prestigious MNZM
(Member of the New Zealand
Order of Merit) in this year's
Queen's Birthday Honours.
For more than 10 years, Mr
Gilligan was the managing direc-
tor of the Port of Napier,
reinstating a declining business
into a significant provincial asset.
He was also the chief executive of
the New Zealand Ports Authority.
Renowned for his strong
relationship skills, Mr Gilligan
developed key stakeholder
affiliations that helped lift the
Port of Napier into viability after
a long period of declining profits.
He admits to being utterly sur-
prised that he was even recom-
mended for the accolade.
It is something that you just
don't anticipate . . . then you get a
letter in the mail with Govern-
ment House on the envelope and
wonderwhattheheckitis. . .
when I opened it, I was
gobsmacked; really stunned.''
Over the years Mr Gilligan has
been chair of many trusts, includ-
ing the Energy Trust of New Zea-
land, the Hawke's Bay Power Con-
sumers' Trust and the Hawke's
Bay Tourism Trust.
He has been president of the
Lions Club of Taradale, director of
Hawke's Bay Racing and a board
member of the Napier Golf Club.
Today Mr Gilligan is board
member of Maritime New Zea-
land, chair of Cranford Hospice
and chair of the Taradale Club's
board of management.
For services to the community,
Napier's Sue Page was awarded a
QSM (Queen's Service Medal) in
this year's Queen's Birthday
Mrs Page was a board member
of the Art Deco Trust, served for
six years as chair helping to estab-
lish the Art Deco Festival as a
major event in Hawke's Bay.
She was chair of the New Zea-
land National Singing School for
six years and an active member of
the Napier Operatic Society for 30
years, serving in various roles on
the executive committee.
Mrs Page has been wardrobe
manager for many productions
and has managed the wardrobe's
hire department, in a voluntary
capacity, for the last 16 years.
A long-standing member of the
Rotary Club of Ahuriri, of which
she was president before becom-
ing the assistant governor of the
Hawke's Bay District, she has
made a significant contribution to
the organisation of the Rotary
Mrs Page directs her own com-
pany, Encore Events.
Admitting that at first he
thought someone was having me
on'', Senior Station Officer Ivan
Young says that he is honoured to
receive the Queen's Service Medal
for services to the New Zealand
Fire Service. Now Officer-In-
Charge of the Napier Operations
Support Unit, Mr Young has given
33 years, in a volunteer capacity,
to supporting the fire service and
police as they go about their work.
We're not firefighters. We help
with traffic control at accident
scenes, security, crowd control,
help police by lighting scenes --
and whatever else they may
require,'' he says. I've got an
excellent bunch of guys behind me
and that makes all the difference.
Never in my wildest dreams did I
imagine I would receive an award
Mr Young joined operations
support after talking to a couple of
friends who were in the unit. He
went along, joined up -- and loved
it. The unit responds to about 80
calls a year, using a dedicated
truck that carries their equip-
ment, including generators for
lighting and -- importantly -- pro-
vision for making a hot cuppa on
cold dark nights. Under his lead-
ership, the unit has improved its
response capacity, performance
and reliability and Mr Young is
well respected for being a hands-
on'' leader who leads from the
front and by example.
The 33 years have gone by
surprisingly quickly and I have no
plans to stop,'' he says. I've got a
great crew and I'll continue as
long as my body lets me.''
Hole in one: Napier ANZ business development manager Robin Wilson puts herself in the
picture at an ANZ promotion in Emerson St to mark 100 days till the beginning of the Rugby
Party time: Residents of Hawke's Bay and other Francophiles are looking forward to the
Rugby World Cup. Napier Inner City Marketing's Meg Rodel says businesses will be pulling
out all the stops for the World Cup party with themed activities across the city.
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