By ROBYN BRISTOW
Robert John Mackay Crawford, who brought an innovative and bold approach to treating people with addictions, has been recognised for his work in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
Dr Crawford has been awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health and addiction services.
He was the superintendent of the Queen Mary Hospital in Hanmer Springs, a residential alcohol and drug treatment centre, from 1976 to 1991, where he introduced ground-breaking educational, physical and psychotherapeutic models for recovery, such as psychodrama.
Under his leadership, Queen Mary Hospital became a centre of excellence for expanding the treatment for families affected by addiction, and the training of health professionals and others working nationally in treatment and rehabilitation.
He established a successful Kaupapa Maori/Taha Maori programme, Te Aroha o to Hau Angiangi, which provided a model of cultural healing. The programme ran from 1990 to 2003 and influenced and encouraged the development of Maori treatment services in New Zealand.
He also authored several publications and served in various national governance and advisory roles, including on the treatment committee of the Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Council, the Medical Society on Alcoholism, and the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service.
In 1999 he was appointed director of the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama. In 2018, Dr Crawford was awarded Distinguished Membership of the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association.
Kaiapoi resident Ken Clearwater, who has managed the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust in Christchurch for 20 years, has been awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to male survivors of sexual abuse.
His advocacy for male survivors has led to legislative changes. He has worked in prisons with men who were victims of abuse, been on taskforces and groups advocating for victims, and helped establish the South-South Institute on Sexual Violence against Men and Boys (SSI), which is now recognised internationally.
Four Waimakariri residents were awarded Queen’s Service Medals – Lyndsay Neill Price, of Kaiapoi, for services to the community; Philip Ivan Redmond, of Kaiapoi, for services to the community; Michael George Rutherford, of Oxford, for services to philanthropy and community; and Elizabeth Barbara Thomas, of View Hill, near Oxford, for services to equestrian sports and the community.