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Otaki MP Nathan Guy has congratulated Horowhenua and Kapiti locals Brendan Duffy, Randal Heke and Paul Baxter who have been recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

“Congratulations to all three men – these honours are well deserved and the community should be very proud of them,” says Mr Guy.

“Former Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government. This follows his 25 years of service, including four terms as Mayor of Horowhenua and serving as Deputy Chair of Local Government New Zealand.

“I’ve worked closely with Brendan over many years including my time as a local councillor. He has worked tirelessly to serve the community he cares about deeply. 

“Paul Baxter from Waikanae was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order for services to the New Zealand Fire Service. Paul was Chief Executive and National Commander of the New Zealand Fire Service until March this year and served 35 years with New Zealand's fire services. 

“Randal Heke from Waikanae has received the New Zealand Antarctic Medalfor services to New Zealand interests in Antarctica and historic preservation. 

“Mr Heke was the foreman responsible for the construction of Scott Base in Antarctica, and is a former President of the New Zealand Antarctic Society.”

Anyone can nominate a local person for a national honour at or though Mr Guy’s offices in Levin (06 367 9110) and Paraparaumu (04 298 2906).

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