RUANE, Shane
Major, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment

Distinguished Service Decoration
New Year Honours 31 December 2012
When an earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, Major Ruane was sent to the city as Civil Defence Liaison Officer. As the crisis unfolded he was re-assigned as the Liaison Officer to the Mayor of Christchurch, a position he held for five weeks. In this role, he displayed outstanding diligence and devotion to duty, working extremely long hours and without respite, supporting the work of the Mayor and his team by providing links to Civil Defence, Police, Fire Service and other agencies, as they dealt with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. He was then re-assigned to command the New Zealand Defence Force Security and Cordon Reduction Planning Cell. In this role he worked with and co-ordinated the activities of a number of agencies to develop civil defence multi-agency action plans for the reduction of the central city cordon, as well as introducing a cordon access policy that became the focal point for the entire security operation around the Christchurch CBD. Throughout the weeks that he was involved in these operations, Major Ruane was a key NZDF representative who played an important and leading role in coordinating the activities of all the agencies that dealt with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

Distinguished Service Decoration
New Zealand Defence Service Medal