Re: Dave Hinman, QSM
  Geoffrey Hansen

A big congratulations to David. He was very kind to my mother and I when we visited Christchurch in 2017.

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Sent: Friday, 31 December 2021 12:31 AM
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Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Dave Hinman, QSM

Just a headsup – Dave Hinman, well known NZ heritage tram expert, until recently chair of COTMA, and the initiator and developer of the Christchurch Tramway, has just been awarded a Queens Service Medal "for services to tramways and heritage" in the New Zealand New Years Honours list.
I have just emailed him:

Hi Dave
This is just my addition of congratulations on the award of a Queens Service Medal to you in the New Years Honours.
That this is a well-merited, and indeed overdue, honour is beyond doubt. It reflects not only your many services to the Tramway Historical Society, for virtually as long as I have been a member, but also, of course, your central role in initiating and developing the Christchurch Tramway.
Observing that latter process – installing tramway infrastructure in the centre of a modern New Zealand city – has been immensely valuable to me as a light rail advocate, and an example I quote constantly.
Thank you, and best wishes for 2022.
Ngā mihi
Brent Efford
NZ Agent, Light Rail Transit Assn

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