Emeritus Professor Roger Moltzen has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to education.
Emeritus Professor Moltzen took up a position at the University of Waikato Faculty of Education after 20 years as a teacher and principal. In 2005 he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. He has held a number of leadership roles at the University, including Director of Postgraduate Special Education Programmes, foundation Chair of the Department of Human Development and Counselling, and Faculty Dean from 2011 to 2016. Emeritus Professor Moltzen has served on several Ministry of Education advisory and governance groups and co-authored the Ministry publication ‘Gifted and Talented Students: Meeting their Needs in New Zealand Schools’. He has co-edited three editions of ‘Gifted and Talented: New Zealand Perspectives’ and contributed to numerous national and international publications, including the ‘International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent’. As an academic, Emeritus Professor Moltzen is known nationally and internationally for his extensive knowledge of gifted education and talent development, special education, inclusive education and tertiary teaching. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the University of Waikato in May 2017.
Also recognised in the 2018 Honours list is the Honourable Georgina Manunui te Heuheu, who has been named Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the State and Māori. Former member of the University of Waikato Council, Dame Georgina was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 1993 before becoming a Member of Parliament, serving five terms until retiring in 2011 and assuming the role of Chair of Māori Television.
The University of Waikato is also proud to congratulate a number of our successful alumni who featured in the New Year Honours list. The Honourable Annette Faye King was named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services as a Member of Parliament. Maxine Huirangi Grace Moana-Tuwhangai was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to governance and Māori. Jennifer Ellis was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services to education. Richard Boast was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the law and Māori. Wetini Swainson Mitai-Ngatai was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to Māori performing arts.