NZDF Honours in 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list

New Zealand Defence Force
4 min readJun 2, 2019


Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Major General Peter Te Aroha Emile KELLY, MNZM (Rtd.)

Major General Kelly retired from the New Zealand Defence Force in November 2018, having completed a three-year term as Chief of Army.

In this role he led the successful introduction into service of a number of significant new capabilities and large change programmes to underpin the development of the Army to meet future challenges. These included the Network Enabled Army Programme, the In-Service Weapon Replacement Programme, the Soldier Modernisation Programme, which developed new equipment used by soldiers in various operational and environmental conditions, and the Protected Mobility Capability Programme, to provide a future fleet of modern, protected combat vehicles. From 1994 to 2006 he served on operations including: the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation in Israel, Lebanon and Syria in 1994; as detachment commander of the NZSAS Group Force Element in Kuwait in support of the United States Coalition Operation Desert Thunder in 1998; with the International Force East Timor in 1999; as Senior National Officer on Operation Concord in Afghanistan from July to October 2002; and on Operation Concord III from August to November 2005. He was Military Attaché in Washington DC from June 2006 to July 2009. He also held previous appointments as Director Special Operations Directorate, Land Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, and Deputy Chief of Army.

The New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD)

Mr Daniel Lawrence (Danny) BROUGHTON, MNZM

Danny Broughton, as Warrant Officer of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), made significant contributions to welfare and development matters, particularly from 2014 to 2018, that have assisted NZDF in becoming a more effective, inclusive and responsive military organisation.

Since 2014 he represented the NZDF at the global planning meetings for the Invictus Games, an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick armed services personnel. He was a vocal campaigner for the NZDF’s programme to tackle unwanted attitudes and behaviour through the Operation Respect programme. His involvement ensured issues and expectations were discussed openly and not dismissed, contributing to the success of the programme. He also worked with the Overwatch group, the internal support group for NZDF’s LGBTQI+ community. He has supported Overwatch members at high-profile public events, including the Auckland Pride Parade, helping set an example for other unformed public-sector organisations. He worked to identify, mentor, and accelerate advancement for an emerging group of talented Non-Commissioned Officer leaders. He worked to further New Zealand’s reputation for military professionalism, leading engagement with international military partners, especially on matters of professional development of the senior Non-Commissioned Officer group. He also networked with counterparts in other militaries around the Pacific to improve military standards across the region.

Dr (Wing Commander) Peter Rodd HURLY, OstJ, RNZAF

Dr Peter Hurly has served in the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a uniformed and civilian medical officer in a variety of roles since 1990, with a particular emphasis on aviation medicine.

As the first formally trained aviation medicine specialist in the RNZAF, Dr Hurly has been at the forefront of developments in this field and influenced much of the aviation medicine policy that supports current air operations. From 2002 to 2005 there was a reduction in the size of the Air Force medical establishment and during this time he was the only serving RNZAF doctor. He single-handedly maintained a medical service, supported by a small staff. From 2005 to 2013 he served as the Director of Air Force Medicine, during which time he re-established the medical trade in the RNZAF and rebuilt the capacity of the Air Force medical system. He has been active in the Air Space Interoperability Council, serving for many years as the Head of Delegation for the Air Space Medicine Group. He is a council member of the Australasian Military Medicine Association and for many years he has been a Civil Aviation Authority medical examiner. He continues to support RNZAF operations at Ohakea as a civilian medical officer and member of the Active Reserve.

Captain Richard Alan WALKER, RNZN

Captain Richard Walker was appointed Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of Combined Task Force 150 (Counter Terrorism) in early 2018, as a result of an unexpected shortfall in command.

Combined Task Force 150 is one of three Combined Task Forces under the umbrella of the Combined Maritime Forces, a coalition of 33 member nations conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Middle East. NZDF provides ships and aircraft in support of the Combined Task Forces, as well as command staff. In June 2018, Combined Task Force 151 (Counter Piracy) also experienced an unexpected shortfall in command for a mission beginning in September. Captain Walker was appointed as the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff to utilise his recent experience to prepare for the upcoming operation within a tight timeframe. He prepared the planning document for the tenure of command single-handedly, working around the limited availability of the designated Kuwaiti commander in the lead-up to command, and taking into account the limited resources of Combined Task Force 151 and the necessary coordination with other military assets in the region. He mentored staff from Kuwait and eight other nations to prepare and assume command within the shortened period of two months. Because of his leadership an effective multi-national staff delivered successful outputs despite the diverse experience, cultural and language challenges present.



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