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Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017

Published on June 05, 2017
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Dennis May and Honours Letters

[Photo from left: Letter from Government House New Zealand, KNZ President Dennis May, Letter from New Zealand Prime Minister - Rt Hon Bill English]

Karate New Zealand President - Dennis May - has been appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services to Karate.

The honour is included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which was announced today - Monday 5th June 2017.

Congratulations Sensei Dennis! Looking forward to your investiture at the ceremony at Government House.

Chris Bennett
KNZ Secretary-General


News links:
WKF Press Release 
Queen's Birthday Honours 2017 - full list on NZ Herald 
Westie 'humbled' by Queen's Birthday honour on Western Leader

Official Letters
Governor-General Patsy Reddy
Prime Minister - Rt Hon Bill English

Dennis May honoured in Sri Lanka

"The civil war in Sri Lanka went on from 1978-2008 , 30 years of fighting ripped Sri Lanka apart, over 200,000 people lost their lives and 1000's of children were left without parents.

I first met this group of boys when i noticed them all sharing the same mouth guard at a tournament here 3 years ago, I was told they are from an orphanage that the head of the orphanage teaches all the 42 boys Karate. When I met him I gave him all the teaching fees I received so they could buy equipment and milk for the home, and promised I would return one day any teach all the boys at the orphanage Karate. Such a humble and moving experience..

Today I came visited the boys, some had been abandoned as babies outside thr front entrance. They showed me around, where they sleep, eat and train, very humbling. I donated all the grading fees I received to the home, and my Honbu members back in NZ are going to send all their used karate gear, plus I will arrange clothes and toys to be sent.

They love Karate and the boys home is their only family. Very honored to be here today , the head of the home does an amazing job!"

9th May 2017

Sensei Dennis May