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Shirley’s investiture

Shirley Julich was a recipient of the first King’s Birthday Honours in 2023. She was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
 |  Pauline Stewart  | 

Shirley’s family, Craig, Shirley, Barry and youngest son Vernon

There were two recipients from Whitianga, Shirley and Derek Collier. Derek received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and his community. It is quite an honour to have two recipients from one small town.  Shirley’s Investiture was just last week, almost a year since she received the honour, and just a very short time before the second year of King’s Birthday Honours, 2025, is to be published.

Dr Shirley Julich’s academic achievements and the titles of her published papers and dissertations span twelve pages. Her work in the field of Restorative Justice and Sexual Abuse has been nationally and internationally acclaimed and her services to the community in that field earned her this very special honour.

Shirley’s sons came from London (Craig Julich- Serventy) and Sydney (Vernon Julich), to be with their Mum and their father, Harry, for this most auspicious family occasion.

Shirley has been quick to add that Harry, her husband, has been such a loving and practical support through the long journey of study, research, achievement and service.  Shirley is Associate Professor, School of Social Work at Massey University and serves on the Mercury Bay Cancer Support Trust as part of this community.

An interesting aspect of her investiture from Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor General, was that the two had done their Ph.D studies together and Dame Cindy reminded Shirley of that when she was investing her with her ONZM. It was a very beautiful personal connection to add to a most significant day.

Dame Cindy Kiro and Shirley.