North Shore Times : January 10th 2014
Auckland’s most powerful media NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of Friday, January 10, 2014 808,000 readers 15+ Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011–Q2 2012 Cricketer recognised NEWYEAR HONOURS LIST: Enduring services to cricket By SIMON MAUDE AN ELDER statesman of New Zealand sport feels ‘‘honoured’’ for once again being recognised for his enduring services to cricket. John Reid, 85, has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s 2014 New Year honours. In 1962 he was awarded an OBE for services to cricket. The Chatswood resident’s legacy to cricket stretches back to the late 1940s when he joined the New Zealand team at the age of 19. Although an accomplished all-rounder, Mr Reid became a ‘‘destructive’’ batsman, known for his ‘‘aggression’’, who was ‘‘momentumchanging’’ for New Zealand cricket. Lindsay Crocker, a former first class cricketer for Northern Districts who is now an administrator for New Zealand Cricket, says Mr Reid’s ‘‘enormous, larger than life’’ presence only grew bigger as his career progressed. By the mid 60s John Reid had ‘‘the most runs, the most wickets, the most games’’ of a New Zealand cricketer. ‘‘He was extraordinary,’’ Mr Crocker says. In 1956, Mr Reid top- Good innings: John Reid proudly recalls his test cricket career, especially his triumphant 1961-62 South African tour. scored with 84 against the West Indies in the fourth and final test match at Eden Park, helping New Zealand to its first ever test match win. Mr Reid remembers the win vividly. ‘‘It was amazing. West Indies had a lot of the top players. It was a thrill, everyone performed properly. I had my first ever glass of champagne.’’ John Reid captained New Zealand for 34 of his 58 test match appearances, including his masterful 1961-62 season against South Africa, NUMBERSGAME John Reid, OBE, was a cricketing force to be reckoned with, with bat or ball. FIRST CLASS CRICKETING CAREER, 1947-1965. ❚ 19,556 first class runs, including 6 test centuries and 22 test half-centuries. ❚ Best first class innings, 296 runs. ❚ Best test innings, 142 runs. ❚ Longest innings, 273 minutes. ❚ Total first class wickets, Recalling his innings, the Photo: SIMONMAUDE presiding over New Zealand’s first overseas test match win. He went on to bash-out a herculean 296 runs playing for Wellington against Northern Districts in 1963. This first class cricket record stood until 1995. steely character of the 85-year-old, despite recent cancer surgery, still shines through. ‘‘I’ll always be competitive. Records are made to be broken,’’ he says. The new honour is a back- dated acknowledgment ofMr Reid’s work, Mr Crocker says. ‘‘It’s a bit of a catch-up to recognise what he’s done since 1962.’’ After retiring from cricket in 1965, Mr Reid continued as a selector, coach and ref- Staying power: John Reid survived at the crease through ‘‘determination, concentration and technique’’, he says. 551. ❚ Best bowling, 6/60. ❚ Economy rate, 2.2 runs per over. ❚ Source: cricinfo.com. eree. In later years he managed the New Zealand under-19 cricket team. In the 1990s John Reid reemerged as a successful international test cricket referee. Mr Reid attributes his suc- cess as an umpire down to his playing days. ‘‘I knew all the tricks, all the angles, because I’d been there as a cricketer.’’ Now completely retired, Mr Reid is taken aback by his latest award. ‘‘What do you say about that? I’m honoured really.’’ Diverse field of Shore residents share honours A transport consultant, psychologist, early childhood educator, Customs officer and an honorary diplomat, all from the North Shore, have been awarded new year honours. Ronald Brown from Torbay has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his work in the transport industry. In 1980, Mr Brown estab- lished New Zealand’s first transport consultancy company. He also worked with the Ministry of Transport to develop testing standards for imported vehicles and worked with the New Zealand Police’s Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit. Professor Fred Seymour of Devonport has been acknowledged for decades of work in child mental health and social services, becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. From 1979 to 1988, Pro- fessor Seymour was the director of the Leslie Centre for Child and Family Therapy Services. In the mid-1990s he served as vice-president and president of the New Zealand Psychological Society. From 2002 he has served on various university and governmental bodies. Professor Seymour has presented numerous research papers largely focussing on child welfare. Norah Fryer is also from Devonport and received the Queen’s Service Medal for her work in early childhood education. Since the 1970s Mrs Fryer has worked in early childhood education, establishing a centre for intellectually handicapped children. For 13 years she taught and developed early childhood curriculum at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. In 1991 she assisted in writing the curriculum for the National Diploma in Early Childhood Care. She continues to teach part-time at Rangi Ruru Early Childhood College. Jeffrey Olsen of Hauraki has become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit CONTINUED Page 2 View any Auckland Suburban Newspaper online, anywhere... Check out competitions, videos, back issues and more. Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click on latest edition. FREE TO REGISTER!
January 9th 2014
January 14th 2014