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in this year's
Humble Henare honoured
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Flaxmere councillor Henare
O'Keefe has been deservedly
recognised in this year's Queen's
Birthday Honours List -- but
under a name few people would
recognise him by.
Mr O'Keefe was awarded a
Queen's Service Medal for services
to Maori and the community.
Background notes to the list
describe the popular Flaxmere
leader as being dedicated to help-
ing the youth of Hawke's Bay.
The notes also make special
mention of his 2008 Enough is
Enough'' hikoi against violence,
attended by more than 3000
people in Flaxmere, and that he
has been a foster father to more
than 200 children.
But his surname is listed as
Keefe'' -- not O'Keefe''.
The champion of Flaxmere and
its MAC rugby club reveals that
somewhere along the way, the O''
was dropped from the name of his
forebears, and that he has Irish
blood running through his veins
from his father's side.
My great-great-great grand-
father, Captain Daniel O'Keefe,
was an Irish whaler who moored
at the mouth of the Mohaka and
never left. It might explains why I
like to sing and play music,'' he
laughed. But I've always gone by
O'Keefe -- I just haven't changed
my name by deed poll yet.''
On a trip to Ireland with New
Zealand police and family court
officials three years ago, Mr
O'Keefe admitted he choked up''
when he looked out of the airplane
window down on to Belfast.
It felt like home. I cherish both
my cultures [Maori and Irish]. I
often joke that one half of me
wants to buy you a drink, but the
other half doesn't want to pay for
it.''His preferred surname will be
the one that appears engraved on
his Queen's Service Medal, which
Mr O'Keefe says he is humbled to
I've said that if I can get lever-
age out of it to continue my work
here in Flaxmere, I'll gladly take
it. It's very humbling.''
Other Hawke's Bay people
recognised in this year's Queen's
Birthday Honours List include
Napier businessman Ken Gilligan
(MNZM); Hastings Family Court
judge Paul von Dadelszen (QSO);
Napier event organiser Susan
Page (QSM); and Taradale
firefighter Ivan Young (QSM).
Ken Gilligan has been
awarded the prestigious Member
of the New Zealand Order of Merit
(MNZM). For more than 10 years,
Mr Gilligan was the managing
director of the Port of Napier,
reinstating a declining business
into a significant provincial asset.
He was also 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.
Mr Gilligan has been chair of
many trusts, including the Energy
Trust of New Zealand, the
Hawke's Bay Power Consumers'
Trust and the Hawke's Bay Tour-
ism 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
Zealand, chair of Cranford Hos-
pice Board, and chair of the
Taradale Club's board of manage-
Judge Paul von Dadelszen,
from Havelock North, was named
a Companion of the Queen's Ser-
vice Order (QSO) for services to
the Family Court. He retires this
year after 23 years' service as a
District Court judge specialising
in the Family Court.
He has made an exceptional
contribution to the court in a var-
iety of special projects, as an
adviser to the principal Family
Court judge, and as an implemen-
ter of Family Court reforms.
He has been the sole Family
Court Judge in Hawke's Bay for
many years, carrying a formidable
He has often stood in for the
principal Family Court judge,
when required. He is highly
regarded for his commitment to
public access to justice and to
working towards creating a better
Family Court system.
Sue Page, from Napier, was
awarded a Queen's Service Medal
(QSM) for services to the com-
Mrs Page was a board member
of the Art Deco Trust where she
served for six years as chair, help-
ing to establish the Art Deco Fes-
tival as a major event. She was
chair of the New Zealand National
Singing School for six years and
an active member of the Napier
Operatic Society for 30 years,
serving in various roles on the
society's 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 past 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
Pathway project. Mrs Page is a
director of her own events com-
pany, Encore Events.
Senior Station Officer Ivan
Young receives the Queen's Ser-
vice Medal (QSM) 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.
Mr Young joined operations
support after talking to a couple of
friends who were in the unit.
Under his leadership, the unit has
improved its response capacity,
performance and reliability and
Mr Young is well respected for
being a hands-on'' leader who
leads by example.
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