Chair Rebecca Keoghan has congratulated the six current and former firefighters who have been recognised in the New Year's Honours List

Please join me in congratulating these past and present firefighters for their recognition in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List released today:

  • Richard (Mac) McNamara (Blenheim) – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and emergency management
  • Russell Postlewaight (Porirua) – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Brendan Butler (Waipawa) - Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Maurice Cowie (Omarama) – Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to Search and Rescue
  • Trevor (Mike) Crosbie (Ngaruawahia) – Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand
  • Eileen Harvey-Thawley (Mapua) – Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community

Our people are regularly honoured twice a year, at New Year and at King’s Birthday, when the King recognises citizens from Commonwealth countries for their exceptional service.

Congratulations to Mac, Russell, Brendan, Maurice, Mike, and Eileen. Their exceptional dedication to their communities has not gone unnoticed. This is an incredible achievement and all recipients should be proud of their hard work and commitment.

He kotuku rerenga tahi. A white heron flies once.

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