Central Otago residents honoured in Wellington

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Two Central Otago residents were honoured by Governor­ General Dame Patsy Reddy at an investiture ceremony at Government House last week.
Geoff Crutchley, of Ranfurly, was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to water management.
He was an important part of the first large-scale integrated catchment management project in New Zealand, as chairman of the Taieri Trust. He also was a founding director of the Maniototo Pest Management Company, one of the most successful locally owned pest management groups.
Roberta Laraman, of Cromwell, was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to tourism and heritage preservation.
As a member and chairwoman of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust she led the organisation of the annual cavalcade for many years, and has been a volunteer for many years, including delivering meals on wheels to the local community.

Recognised . . . Roberta Laraman, of Cromwell, MNZM, for services to tourism and heritage preservation. PHOTO: SUPPLIED