Government House Auckland Honours Investitures Ceremony 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It was a distinct honour to have represented the Government at the 2015 Queen's Honours Investiture Ceremony in Auckland  on Tuesday 25th August 2015 hosted by His Excellency The Governor-General of New Zealand Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Among the distinguished recipients was Joe Gock (who produced seedless watermelon among many other services to the horticulture (QSM) and Dr. George Ngaei for services to health and Pacific community (ONZM).

All New Zealanders who have been honoured should be acknowledged by the community for the amazing level of committment they give to supporting our Nation and Services around the Country.


Please check out their Honours citations as below:



GOCK, Mr Moo Lock (Joe) (QSM)

For services to the horticulture industry

Mr Joe Gock has been a market gardener since the 1950s.

Mr Gock was a pioneer in raising kumaras using under-earth heating in modern hotbeds. He also developed a disease-free strain of kumara, now a mainstay of the kumara industry known as Owairaka Red. In partnership with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research he developed a prototype kumara curing shed, which reduced kumara crop losses from 50 percent to less than one percent allowing the seasonal crop to be marketed all year round. In the late 1950s he successfully grew seedless watermelons and to distinguish this placed stickers on individual fruit, now a common practice and marketing tool in the industry. In the 1980s he bought and patented a mould for bushel-sized polystyrene boxes for packing and transporting broccoli while keeping it fresh. These polystyrene boxes are still in wide use today. He has been a member of the Chinese Commercial Growers Association for more than 60 years, and has mentored young Chinese growers. He is also a member of the Dominion Federation of New Zealand Chinese Commercial Growers. Mr Gock was featured in the 2012 book 'Sons of the Soil: a history of Chinese Market Gardeners of New Zealand'.


NGAEI, Dr George (ONZM)

For services to health and the Pacific community

Dr. George Ngaei is a Consultant General Surgeon based in Invercargill.

In 1976, Dr Ngaei was appointed to Southland Hospital by the Southland Hospital Board to establish an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy Service, by the Otago Medical School as Clinical Lecturer in Surgery and by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) as a Supervisor of Surgical Studies. He was an elected member of the New Zealand Committee of the RACS from 1986 to 1994 and was instrumental in engaging with and continuing to support Pacific Island Surgeons. He remains as the RACS representative on the Southland Medical Foundation. He is a founding member of the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons. In 2002 as the Pacific Island representative on the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee of the Southland District Health Board he established a Pacific Island Specialist Nursing Service in collaboration with the Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust (PIACT). He has been Chairman of PIACT since 2007. He is on the Board of the South Island Pacific Providers Collective and the Committee of the Auckland based Cook Islands Health Network Association. Dr Ngaei was previously Manager and a Board member of the Park Hospital Trust and led the negotiations resulting in the purchase of this Trust by Southern Cross Health Care.