The Queen’s Service Medal has been awarded to Stuart Paterson, of Ranfurly, for services to the community.
Mr Paterson was the chairman of Maniototo Health Services during a significant $7 million redevelopment project.
He was secretary of the Gimmerburn Domain Board from 1981 to 2016 and is a past president of the Maniototo Lions Club, where he helped to organise the annual gift lamb competition, the club’s largest fundraising event.
He was chairman of Maniototo Health Services from 2010 until the end of 2012 and resumed the role of chairman from 2015 until the present.
He took on this role at a critical time, taking on the responsibility of managing the funding and building of a new healthcare facility for the people of Maniototo, which officially opened in 2019.
This enabled the provision of more and better-quality healthcare services in an area that was classified as ‘‘isolated’’ and made the occurrence of illnesses and injuries less of an inconvenience for residents.
Mr Paterson has been a trustee since 2008 of the G.G. Scott Trust, which distributes funds related to health, education and sport in the local area.