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Mr John Leslie Mace MNZM, was today announced Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to swimming in the New Years Honours list 2018.

Mr John Mace has contributed to the sport of swimming since 1975 in a variety of roles.

Mr Mace was made a life member of Swimming New Zealand in 2009.

He has been Chairman of the Mt Wellington Swim Club and was Team Manager of the Auckland Swim Team and President of the Auckland Region from 1984 to 1990. He was a member of the organising committee and Head of Protocol for the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland.

He served as Vice President and was President of the New Zealand Swimming Federation from 1992 to 1996. He was Chef de Mission for the New Zealand Aquatic Team in Rome in 1994, overseeing swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronised swimming. He represented swimming on the New Zealand Sports Assembly.

He was a Trustee of the New Zealand Swimming Trust from 1992 to 2013 and served as Chairman, and as Chairman of the Awards Committee.

He played a leading role in restructuring the sport of swimming, leading to the review of Swimming New Zealand in 2012, at which point he was elected as President of Swimming New Zealand and concluded that term in 2015.

Mr Mace has been a member of the Howick Chapter of Jaycees for many years, including time as President, and was also Deputy Regional Governor of the Northern Region.

Mrs Myra Larcombe of the Bay of Islands also received a Queen’s Service Medal for her service to the sport of swimming. 

Full list can be found here: https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/publications/new-year-honours-list-2018