Queen’s honours for Selwyn

by Kent Caddick

Lincoln University Chancellor Tony Hall and two Selwyn farming figures have received accolades in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Hall was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) while James Guild of Darfield and Rolleston’s Nick Pyke were made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

Mr Guild of High Peak Station received his award for services to the deer industry and Mr Pyke was awarded his for services to the arable industry.

Mr Hall has contributed to sport and tertiary education in the Canterbury region and nationally.

According to the citation which accompanied his CNZM, ‘as Pro-Chancellor and then Chancellor of Lincoln University, Mr Hall has provided leadership through a challenging period post-earthquake, and has overseen the progression towards the establishment of the Lincoln Research and Education Hub’.

He is the founding director of Community Colleges New Zealand, whose mission is to provide pathways for early school leavers with low or no qualifications. 

James Guild is a farmer and tourism operator who has been active in the deer industry for more than forty years.

Mr Guild has been a councillor and President of New Zealand Deer Farmers Association and Director of the Game Industry Board, and has represented the New Zealand deer industry at many events around the world, including at the World Deer Biology Conference in the United States. Mr Guild is currently Chair of Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Molesworth Steering Committee. Nick Pyke was appointed Research Director of the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) in 1995 and has ‘helped the organisation make substantial contributions to improving on-farm performance and environmental management. 

‘Mr Pyke’s contributions have seen New Zealand’s arable industry being recognised as a world leader in a number of areas such as cereal, ryegrass, vegetable seed and clover yields, sustainable resource use and environmental management,’ his citation read. He played a key role in facilitating an industry response to the 2013 black grass biosecurity incursion and initiated the formation of the Women in Arable and Arable Ys groups with specially tailored programmes for women and under-35s respectively.