Rod McLeay, lifelong resident of Avondale, received the Queen’s Service Medal at the Investiture in Government House in September.
The honour was for service to Music and Education.
Rod has taught in West Auckland schools for forty years. Most of his lunchtimes were spent teaching musical instruments - recorder, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone to interested pupils. As well he trained the Concert Band for the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Town Hall Music Festival for many years, and conducted the Auckland Youth Symphonic Band for forty-one years.
Rod says, “Music has been a very rewarding hobby for me, it has made me many friends and I have had a wonderful life because of it.”