David’s highest honour


A part-time Queenstown resident for about 30 years has been bestowed one of Auckland University’s highest honours.

For services to the university and the community, David Mace was last week conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, joining the likes of former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, ex-Prime Minister Helen Clark and businessmen the late Sir Douglas Myers and Hugh Fletcher.

A chartered accountant and business consultant, he was involved in the set-up of Arrowtown’s Millbrook Resort in the early ’90s.

Historic but deserted Macetown, near Arrowtown, was named after his great-uncle.

Mace was a commissioner with the United Nations Compen-sation Commission, overseeing reparations from the 1991 Gulf War.

Among extensive community roles he’s been Grand Master of the New Zealand Freemasons and involved in their philanthropic works, founding chair of what’s now Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital Trust and is currently deputy chair of the university’s Centre for Brain Research Advisory Board.

Father of local vet Dr Ngaire Dixon, Mace was also awarded an NZ Order of Merit in 2011.