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New Year Honours

This year the New Year Honours announcement saw some familiar names from the RNZAF whose hard work, integrity and dedication have been recognised.

To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, ONZM

Air Vice-Marshal Graham Brian LINTOTT, Chief of Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force

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AVM Lintott assumed his current position of Chief of Air Force (CAF) on 1 May 2006, having previously held the senior appointments of Air Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, Acting Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence in Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force. As CAF, he is noted for his strategic vision in guiding the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) through a period of intense transformation, guiding the planning and introduction into service of over 30 significantly upgraded or new aircraft over six fleets and redefining and developing new trades and structures to support the new capabilities being introduced. His strengths in meeting these challenges include strong skills in strategic leadership, a high level of affinity for people, the ability to clearly and consistently communicate the direction and activities required to steer the RNZAF through this period of transformation, and sound skills in strategic planning. He consistently demonstrates the ability to clearly think through issues and consider a wide range of options before selecting the desired course. Under his guidance, and based on his considerable operational experience and knowledge, the RNZAF has and continues to contribute to the force development process to ensure that future capabilities for the RNZAF and the NZDF are fully met. He stands out among his peers for his sound leadership and the ability to motivate his people to achieve outstanding results in a time of sometimes turbulent change.

To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, MNZM

Air Commodore Terence Michael GARDINER, Royal New Zealand Air Force

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AIRCDRE Gardiner has been at the forefront of efforts to modernise and upgrade the Defence Force’s management capabilities. As Deputy Chief of Air Force during 2003/04, he did much to improve management processes throughout the Royal New Zealand Air Force, leading to increased efficiency in the organisation. Subsequently, as Assistant Chief Resources, he led the Defence Force input to a review of defence capability and resourcing, which was essentially a complete redefinition of Defence’s spending priorities. This work was taken up by the government, culminating in a major defence funding package aimed at sustainability. He was then tasked with oversight of the many management changes and efficiency and effectiveness projects which made up the sustainability programme. This was perhaps the biggest management challenge faced by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in many years. Considerably improved organisation capability and management procedures have delivered much improved decision making processes. His work has set in place an ongoing programme of continuous improvement that will serve the NZDF well for many years to come.

To receive the Distinguished Service Decoration , DSD

Air Vice-Marshal David Anthony BAMFIELD, ONZM, Vice Chief of Defence Force, NZDF

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AVM Bamfield was appointed to the newly created Vice Chief of Defence Force role in February 2004. In essence, he set up the role, bringing effect to the recommendations of the Hunn Review. Over the past four years, he has worked to translate the government’s defence policies and priorities into effective and practical strategic plans, statements of intent and output plans. He has established the required relationship with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other stakeholder government agencies and has provided oversight and development direction for a range of NZDF or joint NZDF/MOD programmes, including the Defence Sustainability Initiative, the Defence Planning Framework, the Resource Allocation and Management Programme, the Defence Strategic Plan and the Defence Estate Strategic Plan. Jointly with the MOD, he has also provided management at the strategic level of New Zealand’s defence relationships and major international deployments, notably with Australia, the United States of America and key Asian and Pacific partners. In doing so, he has established and maintained a high level of confidence by the whole of government framework in the NZDF. His forthcoming retirement in February 2008 will mark almost 42 years of outstanding service and performance.

To receive the Distinguished Service Decoration , DSD

Wing Commander John William LOVATT, Royal New Zealand Air Force

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WGCDR Lovatt assumed the role of Senior National Officer with the second rotation of No. 5 Squadron to the Middle East in August 2003 for Operation Troy, part of New Zealand’s contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom. During this deployment, he developed a number of niche roles for the detachment. In November 2003, he became the New Zealand Defence Force Liaison Officer to the United States Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, where he continued to represent New Zealand’s interest with innovation and enthusiasm. He assumed command of No. 5 Squadron in May 2004. Over the two and a half years he held this post until November 2006, he implemented significant and enduring improvements which have enhanced the RNZAF Maritime Patrol Force’s specialist capabilities. He demonstrated dogged determination to provide the most effective outputs from his resources. He also faced a number of particular challenges which he embraced with compassion and aplomb, an example being the genuine and caring way he led the Squadron through the loss, resulting from motorcycle accidents, of three young airmen under his command.

Other members of the New Zealand Defence Force to be honoured were:

To be an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, MNZM

  • Able Combat Systems Specialist Rene Hamuera RANGI, Royal New Zealand Navy

To receive the Distinguished Service Decoration, DSD

  • Staff Sergeant Brenton Lee BEACH, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Warrant Officer Marine Technician (Electrical) David Murray CHISNALL, Royal New Zealand Navy
  • Commander Richard Lance COOK (J23215), Royal New Zealand Navy

To receive the Distinguished Service Decoration, DSD

  • Warrant Officer Class One Mark John Richard MORTIBOY, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)
  • Corporal Sean Anthony NGATAI, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)
  • Lieutenant Timothy Andrew O’DONNELL, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Major Terence Albert Joseph O’NEILL, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Warrant Officer Class One Kevin Andrew YORWARTH, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)