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Auckland Justice of the Peace Honoured

Ric Carlyon - Monday, June 06, 2016

Council-Member of the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association, Myrlene Dawn Jones, OBE, JP, has today been named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  
Dawn has fostered a life-long interest in Netball, involved at local, national and international levels for more than 50 years. She is one of the country’s top sports administrators and is one of the most decorated New Zealand umpires.  
She accompanied teams overseas before focusing on umpiring and went on to serve 15 years umpiring international fixtures, becoming the country’s top-ranked umpire. Dawn has officiated at hundreds of first-class fixtures, test matches and World Cup games.

She is Past President of Netball New Zealand and a Life Member of the organisation. Her service to netball was recognised when she was recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Halberg Awards last year. In 1999 Netball New Zealand presented her with the Ultimate Umpire Award. She has numerous other local and international service awards.
Dawn was named Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1994 New Year’s Honours List for services to netball and education. Her career in education included Head Mistress at Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls and founding co-principal of ACG Senior School. 

Dawn Jones, CNZM, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1997 and is serving her third term on Auckland Association’s Council. She is responsible for the oversight of Support Groups which form the backbone of JP community activities across Greater Auckland.   
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