For the first time, through the dedication of Tim Haiselden, acupuncture has been included in the New Year Honours list.

The New Year Honours list was announced today and for the first time in New Zealand, an acupuncturist was recognised. Former President of NZRA, Tim Haiselden, has been named as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to acupuncture. This particular honour is awarded for achievement or service to the community, usually in a national role.

There can be no doubt that Tim is very deserving of his honour - he has dedicated endless hours to our profession over many years, both in his role as President and continuing on in more recent years. Until we purchased our premises in Kilbirnie, the NZRA office operated out of Tim and Lesley's home in Karori. Together they have worked tirelessly to promote acupuncture as a credible choice of healhcare for all New Zealanders.

For full details of Tim's involvement with the profession see the attached pdf document.