Rev. Richard Gray from Waiuku honoured
Nominations for this award are made by any member of St John to the Grand Council, who among other considerations, feel the recipient has shown and aspired to be an ambassador for promoting and encouraging humanitarian and charitable work, aiding those in sickness, suffering and in danger, whilst showing compassion and empathy to one and all. Queen Elizabeth 11, our Sovereign Head, confirms all appointments to the order, as she in her absolute discretion, shall see fit.
Richard began his long association with St John in Pukekohe as a cadet and is a previous chair of the Invercargill Area Committee. In 2013, Richard received his 12 year service medal of the Order of St John. This is the only medal still issued that retains the image of Queen Victoria facing to the right. The service medal is awarded for efficient service after 12 years and is accorded a place in the New Zealand Order of Wear: Orders,Decorations and Medals.