The citation reads “For services to journalism, local government and the community”
Chris Turver, 75 has given more than 50 years to journalism, broadcasting, local government and community activities, mainly in the Kapiti region.
Born in Sheffield at the height of the blitz, Mr Turver was the first New Zealand Press Association war correspondent with New Zealand combat troops in Vietnam, was wounded in action, and saw further operational service in Borneo and as a correspondent on board a New Zealand frigate to draw international attention to French nuclear testing at Mururoa. He spent 17 years with Radio New Zealand, including Political Editor at Parliament, was involved in the development of Morning Report, and became head of News, Current Affairs and Sport. For nine years he was Greater Wellington Regional Councillor for Kapiti, championing road and rail improvements including Transmission Gully and electric rail extension to Waikanae.
As Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation he increased the number of marine search and rescue units around New Zealand and raised funds for new rescue equipment. He is President of the Paraparaumu RSA and Chair of the Electra Trust.
Mr Turver earned a reputation as a tireless fighter for local and regional issues including health, transport, environmental protection, boating safety, fire safety, crime prevention, and marine conservation.He played an active part in the Ōtaki Railway Station Heritage Trust. Chris Turver and wife Liz live in Te Horo.