Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit [promotion]
Gazetted 5 June 2017
For services to youth. Mr Graeme Dingle was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth in 2001.
Mr Dingle established the first Outdoor Pursuits Centre in New Zealand in 1972, now known as Hillary Outdoors. He established Project K in 1995, which is now known as the Graeme Dingle Foundation where he continues to serve. More than 150,000 young people have benefitted from the Foundation’s programmes. These programmes encompass Kiwi Can (life skills and attitudes for 5-12 year olds), Stars which helps the transition to high school and builds leadership in the senior school; Project K (a 14 month mentoring programme for those with low self-confidence); Career Navigator which helps school leaders find career purpose and direction, and MYND (a referral programme for youth offenders). In 2016 the Foundation’s programmes had 22,000 participants and in 2017 the Foundation will reach 25,000 young people around the country. Mr Dingle has published 11 books, one of which was the winner of the Biography Section of the 2006 Montana Book Awards.
Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit
Gazetted New Year 2001
For services to youth.
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Gazetted Queen's Birthday 1988
For services to outdoor pursuits.
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM)
Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit (ONZM)
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Born 30 November 1945 New Zealand