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BAY CHRONICLE, JANUARY 10, 2013
New Year honours
Tony Norman: One of two Far
North people to receive a
New Year's honour.
It makes me feel a
bit humble, but it's
kind of nice to have
Award recipient Tony Norman
TWO Far North people celebrated
the new year after receiving recog-
nition in the 2013 honours list.
Tony Norman welcomed the new
year as a member of the New Zea-
land Order of Merit for his service
to the community.
Inspector Wendy Robilliard
became a member of the Order of
Merit for her work for the New Zea-
land Police and the community.
It's an odd feeling in a way,'' Mr
Norman says of the news. It makes
me feel a bit humble but it's kind of
nice to have some recognition.''
Mr Norman's service to the com-
munity -- particularly the arts com-
munity -- was not born of a desire
He says he had the time and he
had the skills, and he simply put his
hand up when there was a need for
something to be done.
Mr Norman grew up in New Zea-
land but left the country aged 22
and spent 30 years overseas gaining
experience and working at times in
While his time in Asia sometimes
required hiring bodyguards, it was,
he says, financially quite reward-
He was able to retire at 51 and he
and his wife, who comes from
Sweden, chose New Zealand.
They moved to Mangonui and
subsequently have a home in Keri-
keri as well, and he has become
involved in the arts scenes --
especially the performing arts -- in
I have no artistic talents of my
own and I just find it extraord-
inary,'' he says of his passion for the
arts. How satisfying it must be to
express yourself in that beautiful
He says his interest in the arts
has evolved'' as he has aged but
says that while he was working
intensely he would immerse himself
in classical music.
He was attending a charity art
exhibition and dinner which his sis-
ter hosted in Waikato and because
he knew only her, she seated him
next to the musicians who were to
perform that evening.
Meeting pianist Rosemary
Barnes that night was fortuitous
and led to the creation of his classi-
cal music concert in his garden
overlooking Mangonui Harbour.
It is an event that has become
quite a success because it has filled
a gap in the town's cultural scene.
The front row is only two metres
from the performer and it's only 10
or 12 rows deep, so it's sort of per-
sonal really,'' he says.
Of course they [the performers]
see the joy on the faces of the audi-
ence and so the artists generally
have told me that it's really refresh-
ing for them too -- to see up close
and personal, the reaction from the
Mr Norman has been a Northland
District Health Board member since
2007 and is now chairman.
He has been a trustee of the Keri-
keri International Piano Compe-
tition for eight years, and was chair-
man from 2008 to 2010.
In 2010 he sponsored the Bay of
Islands Youth Ballet in a large-
scale production of Coppelia.
While chairman of the Oruaiti
School Board of Trustees from 2004
to 2007, he facilitated the school's
Problem Solving Team to compete
in the New Zealand National Prob-
lem Solving finals, which went on to
compete and win their category at
the International Problem Solving
Finals in the United States in June
As an accountant he has assisted
many community groups with audit
requirements on a pro bono basis,
including the Taipa Sailing Club
and the Mangonui Maritime Com-
Ms Robilliard is the area com-
mander for police services in the
Far North, a position she was
appointed to last year.
She was the manager of Victim
Services at Police National Head-
quarters from 2008 until 2012.
During this time she was instru-
mental in the development of new
procedures and systems for police
victim responses after mass casu-
alty events, assisted by Inspector
After the Pike River coal mine
disaster in 2010, she managed a
network of liaison officers to sup-
She improved daily briefings by
introducing relevant experts to
present and answer questions from
anxious families, as well as develop-
ing a text message tree and a
restricted access website to provide
instant updates on the progress of
rescue and recovery efforts.
The systems of liaison officers
and daily briefings were applied to
the police response to the Christ-
church earthquake in February
Ms Robilliard led briefings for
more than 800 families and ensured
their welfare needs were met.
She also introduced a system to
notify families as victims were
identified and to ensure that media
reports did not pre-empt police
communication with families.
She applied similar victim
response systems after the Wai-
rarapa ballooning accident.
Ms Robilliard previously held the
roles of district family violence co-
ordinator in the Bay of Plenty and
the national alcohol harm reduction
manager at Police National Head-
She was appointed area com-
mander of the Far North District in
There were seven arrests at Paihia
New Year festivities, well down on
last year, with only one charge laid.
Three drink-drivers were caught.
Residents returned to their home in
Kerikeri on December 31 to find an
intruder in their house. The burglar
fled the scene and was arrested by
police. A 19-year-old Kerikeri male
has been charged with burglary and
is in Ngawha prison.
Possession of weapon
An 18-year-old Kaeo male was
arrested on December 31 for
possession of a weapon following
an altercation with family members,
and for breaching bail.
An 18-year-old Kaeo man was
charged with intimidation after a
family violence incident on January
A crash involving the Pear Tree
courtesy van and a Ford Falcon took
place at about 1am on New Year's
day. The van, carrying eight people,
was turning left out of Kauri Park
Motel when it was hit by the Falcon
travelling along Kerikeri Rd. All
involved in the crash were taken to
hospital. A 77-year-old female
thrown from the van is in Whangarei
Hospital with serious injuries and a
49-year-old male, also thrown from
the van, will be transferred to
Middlemore Hospital. The Serious
Crash Unit and Kerikeri Police are
investigating and charges are likely.
At about 8pm on Thursday, three
juveniles were apprehended by
Kaeo police officer Richard Avery for
stealing drinks and chips at the 4
Square in Kaeo. The boys, aged 14
and 15, were referred to youth aid.
A 26-year-old male was arrested in
Kaeo on Thursday for assaulting
Swimmers in trouble
Four swimmers got into difficulty at
Matauri Bay on Sunday and were
taken to hospital along with five
rescuers. St John ambulances
attended and Northland Electricity
rescue helicopter airlifted three
men to Kawakawa hospital.
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