Queen’s New Year Honours List 2015

Congratulations to our very own Oscar Pioquinto Batucan and Miriam Alvez Batucan for receiving the Queen’s Service Medal 2015.

Mrs Miriam Alvez Batucan, Auckland, for services to the Filipino community.

Mr Oscar Pioquinto Batucan, JP, Auckland, for services to the Filipino community.


Message from Auckland COUNCIL OF PRIESTS (Catholic Diocese of Auckland)



Message from Bishop Patrick Dunn (Catholic Diocese of Auckland)

Dear Oscar & Miriam

Congratulations on your NEW YEAR Honour.

It is very richly deserved, and this recognition by the Queen and by the Government will bring much pleasure to the many who respect you and who love you.

Every blessing for 2015.

+Patrick Dunn

Message from Rev Msgr David Tonks (Parish Priest, St John the Baptist, Parnell)

Dear Oscar and Miriam,

I was delighted to read the New Year Honours list in the Herald  and see your names among those recognised by the nation as deserving of an award. Congratulations to you both! I have long thanked God for your generous, wise and faith-filled leadership, and your loving service of the Church, especially among the Filipino people. It is very fitting that our state recognises your wonderful contribution to society. Praise God that your lives shine forth with the Lord, in your beautiful humble and loving ways!

God bless – especially as a new year opens!

David Tonks

Message from the Philippine Ambassador in Wellington

The Philippine Embassy team and the Filipino community joins me in conveying our heartiest congratulations for receiving the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the Filipino community in this year’s honour list. You continue to bring pride and honour to our country and people. Thank and Praise GOD for your services and success. GOD BLESS you and your family even more abundantly.

Wellington, December 2014

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Listen to the couple’s interview here: