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This page contains information about Whangarei Resident Joan Howse who was presented with her Queen's Service Medal this month.
Updated: 22/05/2018 2:54 p.m.

​Mayor Sheryl Mai was honoured to present Whangarei Resident Joan Howse with her Queen's Service Medal, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this month.

The occasion was attended by many of Mrs Howse’s family and representatives of the organisations she has represented and was followed by a morning tea, described by Mrs Howse as "scrumptious".

Mrs Howse was a convenor of the National Standing Committee for Justice and Law Reform, which reviewed submissions from branches around the country to forward onto government departments for consideration.

She was a member of the Whangarei Health Camp Board for 28 years and served as Chairperson.

She was the first person to be awarded life membership of the New Zealand Association of Health Camps in 2003.

She has held positions with Rural Women New Zealand.

As a member of the Associated Country Women she attended the World Conference for many years and in 1977 created a wall panel which was presented at the conference in Beijing.

She is a member of the Women’s Fellowship of St John Church in Whangarei.

She has held a number of positions in the Northland Justices of the Peace Association, including Treasurer, President and Patron and has also compiled a history of the Association from 1951 to 2000.

Mrs Howse is a YWCA Board member, patron and life member.

As part of the ceremony she was also presented with a large bouquet of flowers which she said "will grace our village dining room so that all residents may share in their beauty.”

Mayor Mai said it was a wonderful privilege to be able to present the award to Mrs Howse, “a woman who has set a shining example for so many of us to aspire to."

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