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Sir Kim, McDonald receive awards

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy with Sir Kim Workman, and Kristy McDonald, ONZM, [below] after an investiture ceremony in Wellington on Monday formally recognised their New Year Honours. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED

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Sir Kim Workman’s work advocating for social and restorative justice was officially recognised on Monday, when the former Greytown man was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Greytown lawyer, Kristy McDonald QC, was also made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her 40 years of service to law and governance during an investiture ceremony officiated by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington.

Sir Kim, previously appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007, said he was surprised to be awarded the next highest honour.

He began his career as a policeman in Wairarapa where he served for many years and went on to become head of the Prison Service and then head of the Prison Fellowship.

McDonald has a similarly long history of service, being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. She advised and represented the Crown in several legal matters.

McDonald has also been involved in many public inquiries, including the 2012 Pike River Royal Commission and the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct.

She said she was delighted to be awarded the honour.

Fellow Wairarapa resident, Peter Little, of Carterton, was to be appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Maori land development and administration at a ceremony yesterday.

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