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Issue No. 399 February 2016

New Year Honours 2016

A former senior detective and a veteran Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer were among recipients of Royal Honours for their outstanding services to Police and their communities.

Former Detective Superintendent Steve Vaughan became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to Police and the community, and Tony Groome became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to SAR.

Commissioner Mike Bush says he is pleased Steve’s 33-year contribution to policing and community safety has been recognised. “Steve’s had a stellar career in Police, working in a variety of challenging and complex operational and investigative roles.”

Steve left Police in July last year as National Manager Intelligence and is now Assistant General Manager of Intelligence and Risk at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Commissioner Bush also congratulated Tony, of Feilding, on his honour.

Steve Vaughan ONZM
Former Detective Superintendent Steve Vaughan ONZM
For services to the NZ Police and the community.

Steve Vaughan retired from New Zealand Police in 2014 as Detective Superintendent after 33 years’ service in a variety of roles.

As second-in-command, Steve was critical to the success of Operation Austin, a 10-year major criminal investigation into sexual offending within New Zealand Police during the 1980s.

He showed commitment to training Victim Support and Homicide Support Workers for more than 10 years and helped shape the victim-centric model implemented by New Zealand Police.

He led operations on notorious gang members, vehicle thefts, New Zealand’s largest ever aggravated robbery and a joint New Zealand/Cook Islands investigation into corruption and drug supply within the Cook Islands Police Service.

He facilitated training for national Police courses, such as Armed Offenders Squad selection and induction and was recognised for his leadership and dedication to duty, receiving several Commissioner’s Merit awards.

Steve served as Vice-Chair, Director and Trustee of the Police and Families Credit Union and volunteered as a coach for various primary and secondary sports teams in his community for more than 10 years.

Tony Groome MNZM
Mr Antony Groome MNZM
For services to Search and Rescue

Tony Groome has been involved in LandSAR since the 1980s.

In the late 1990s Tony joined Marlborough Coastguard as a crew and committee member and was later elected President. During his tenure he developed apparatus to help track emergency beacon signals from distressed vessels.

In 2000 he relocated to Manawatu and has since been involved with Land and Marine SAR there.

He assisted trials for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s NH90 helicopters for SAR use. He has been a New Zealand Fire Service volunteer since 1989, most recently in Feilding where he continues to serve as a Station Officer and Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer.

He served for 10 years with the Palmerston North-based Philips Search and Rescue helicopter. From 2007 to 2009 he was part of a New Zealand Red Cross International response team and in February 2009 established radio networks on neighbouring islands after severe flooding in the Solomon Islands.

Tony has assisted Police with the planning of several large search operations in support of major criminal investigations.


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