2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours in Music

2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours in Music

Nine New Zealanders have been honoured for their service among the 2022 Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours list for their contribution to various aspects of the NZ music industry.

Officers of the Order (ONZM)

Faafetai Jonathan Lemalu for services to opera. The Dunedin-born baritone opera singer is also a Grammy Award winner and performed with the NZSO at the Sydney Olympics Arts Festival in 2000.

Dr Daphne Joan Rickson for services to music therapy. Dr Rickson is a Senior Lecturer in music therapy at Victoria University of Wellington.

Members of the Order (MNZM)

Christopher Bruce Chilton for services to music and journalism. Chilton has served on the committee of the Southland Musicians’ Club and promoted musicians through articles for the Southland Times. He is part of Invercargill rock trio Triple Shot.

Bill Rangi Urale for services to music and the community. Better known by his stage name King Kapisi, Urale was the first hip hop artist to receive a Silver Scroll Award at the APRA Awards.

The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)

Neil Rex McDermott for services to music promotion and the community. McDermott’s initiative resulted in the establishment of a Walk of Fame outside the Civic Theatre in 2004 and the Southland Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

Craig Sutherland McFarlane for services to education and music. As a part-time musician McFarlane plays the tuba, trombone, timpani and upright string bass. 

Wendy Louise van Delden for services to music. Van Delden has more than 40 years of dedication to the Waikanae Music Society. In 2008 she helped establish the Waikanae Music Society Charitable Trust for Young Musicians and has continued to run it since. 


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