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Dunedin QSM recipients of the New Year’s Honors list.



For services to the Maori language and community

Reverend Canon Bella Morrell has supported the community of Dunedin for over 60 years and has advocated for the use of Maori te reo for generations of whanau.

Reverend Morrell was one of the founding members of the Arai Te Uru Marae and Culture Club in Dunedin in the 1960s and supported the welcome and integration of migrant communities through the Dunedin City Council events organized in the marae.

She has been a member of the Anglican Maori Church of New Zealand for many decades, serving as the Reverend Canon since 2016, providing tikanga and spiritual based activities for the community.

She helped establish the branch of the Otakou Maori Women’s Welfare League and has been a life member since 1968 after serving as branch president.

She created the Pani Club, a group of fully European kapa haka women in 1970.

She offered learning opportunities through the Mana Wahine and Mana Tane programs, teaching at whanau on whakapapa as well as waiata, karakia and te reo maori.

She has served as a kuia, youth mentor and board member for Te Hau Ora Whanau Services, leading mentorship and cultural safety training for Te Waka o Maui based at Wakari Hospital. Reverend Morrell has been a kuia and leader for many community groups including Otago Playcentre Federation and Te Kohanga Reo o Manaaki.



For music services

Looking back on his 53-year music career, Aart Brusse says it has been an “extremely concentrated effort” at times, but he would never call it hard work.

“It’s a very satisfying job.

“I have seen a lot of students do great and wonderful things in music – there are a lot of rewards in that.”

Mr Brusse (78) was humiliated when told he was going to receive the Queen’s Service Medal for services to music.

He began his career at Tokomairiro High School between 1968 and 1972, where he also conducted the Milton Municipal Brass Band and conducted local musicals.

Since 1968 he has also been a teacher and conductor at the Saturday Morning Music Classes in Dunedin, and is now the Music Director of the school, where he is responsible for creating the Department of Education’s annual reports, requests for courses, the organization of staff salaries, the purchase of new instruments and funding.

He conducted music at Bayfield High School between 1972 and 2009, where he developed the school’s orchestra, choir and jazz group to support the annual high school music festival.

He has rehearsed for many groups in which he has competed in New Zealand chamber music competitions and has coordinated regular holiday courses for professional development.

He was musical director of several performances of the Opera Company between 1973 and 1985.

Upon retirement, he became conductor of the Central Otago Regional Orchestra between 2012 and 2018, he continued to teach cello at Bayfield High School, he taught in the music department of the University of Otago for five years and has been a member of the medieval band Rare Byrds since 2009.

He was previously awarded the 1990 New Zealand Medal of Commemoration.



For education and community services

Years of dedicated volunteer work have resulted in Dunedin’s woman, Lynley Bunton, being recognized for her contributions to the arts, education, fundraising and community with a Queen’s Service Medal.

Ms Bunton said the organizational skills she learned from working as a teacher for more than 20 years allowed her to confidently take on roles in the community.

After retiring, she found herself with some free time and decided to help in any way she could.

She served on the Otago Cancer Society Spring Ball Committee for 15 years and the Otago Community Hospice Fundraising Committee from 2003 to 2006.

These roles were especially important to her as she had lost family members to cancer, she said.

In 2006, she was a member of the organizing committee for the Maori Hill School centenary celebrations.

She has been actively involved in coaching netball in both the Hill Cluster Kiwi netball competition and middle school teams for over 20 years.

Ms. Bunton was secretary of the Dunedin Music Festival committee for eight years and contributed as an accompanist to student musical performances.

She has been a member of the advisory board of the Dunedin School of Art Foundation since 2011 and a member of the advisory board of the Dunedin Arts Festival for seven years.

She planned to continue in the roles and continue her work in the community.



For community services

Irene Mosley is both “surprised and humiliated” to receive a Queen’s Service Medal for her service to the communities of Otago and Southland over the past 40 years.

Ms. Mosley has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours as a consultant, project manager and strategic planner on projects in health, church, musical theater, agriculture and community at wider.

“I did this because I care about my community and because I love to see things happen. It’s an opportunity to improve our community.

“Communities are what our country is built on…”

She has held positions with Rural Women New Zealand at local and regional level, and was a branch member for 34 years.

She also represented rural families on the Queen Mary Maternity Services Advisory Board from 1993-1998, was a Shelter Box New Zealand board member, Chat Bus Otago chairperson, Mosgiel Rotary club director, member life of the Balclutha Toy Library and the New Zealand Federation of Toy Libraries and a major driving force behind Positively Clutha Women in the 1990s.

As the Clutha District Council’s Community Development Coordinator, she has helped groups achieve their goals, including the construction of the Clutha Recreation Center.

She also led the campaign for the Otago-Southland Chair in Neurosurgery and led fundraisers for the redevelopment of pediatric and newborn wards at Dunedin Hospital.

Most recently, as chair of the Taieri Community Facilities Trust since 2015, Ms Mosley has ensured that the Mosgiel community pool facility meets the needs of the community.


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