Birthday Honour for Dr John

The NZBI would like to congratulate Dr John Stephen Hellstrom, of Picton for his well deserved Queens Birthday honour. Dr John has been honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of merit, for services to biosecurity.

Dr Hellstrom has held several high-profile positions in the past 25 years, including chief veterinary officer for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1986 to 1991 and chairman of the Biosecurity Council from 1997 until 2004, when it disbanded.

He is now chairman of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.

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