Topic: Don Stafford, man of many skills

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A brief summary of significant events in the life of Donald M. Stafford


 1960-1962  Rotorua Borough Councillor.
 1968-1970  First curator of the Rotorua Museum.

 Elsdon Best Memorial Medal awarded by the Polynesian Society of NZ for 'Te Arawa'.

 1970-1973  Worked in USA (Texas and California) in the printing, publishing industry and in lecturing.
 Early 1970s   Administrator for the South Pacific Festival of Arts in Rotorua.
   Involved in the initial design work and establishment of the 'Little Village complex at Whakarewarewa
 1980  Awarded an MBE for public services

 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato, the nomination citing "his remarkable philanthropic

 relationship with many people in his dealings as  a businessman"


 Patron of the 'Rotorua Civic and Heritage Trust' established in 1992 for the preservation of Te Runanga

and other similar projects.

   Active in the St Faith's Restoration Fund

 Donation of extensive research notes/files to the Rotorua Public Library / Te Whare Maatauranga ; 

The New Zealand Room and Local History Section was named the 'Don Stafford Room' in recognition by Council

   Awarded the Lion International Community Service Award
   Instrumental in the establishment of the Rotorua Historical Society
 1994  Awarded CBE honour for 'services to Maori and local history' in the New Years Honours
 1995-2000  Trustee for the National Library of NZ
 2000  Honorary degree 'Bachelor of Tourism Management' from the Waiariki Institute of Technology
 2005  Rotorua Community Award (see Daily Post 14 April 2005)
 2007  Diamond Anniversary (see Daily Post 19 Nov 2007)

Newspaper & Magazine sources for information about Don  

Author Daily Post 07/11/1986 ; 17/12/1996 ; 10/12/1999
Scholar Daily Post 18/11/1992
Historian Daily Post 2/10/1999
Local Hero in North & South, Nov 2000
Storyteller Daily Post 25/11/2005
Elder Daily Post 22/02/2006
Friend Daily Post 19/11/2007
Educational Entertainer Daily Post 12/06/1993
Daily Post 04/06/1998
CBE Daily Post 31/12/1993
Benefactor Daily Post 03/06/1993 ; 21 Jul 1999 ; 16 May 2000
Community Champion Daily Post 14/4/2005


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