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OutLine Co-Chair Moira Clunie has recently been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to rainbow communities.

In a statement, OutLine said they were ‘very proud’ of Clunie who was made an MNZM by Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Cindy Kiro at an investiture ceremony at Government House Auckland last month.

In a citation, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said: “Mx Moira Clunie has held leadership roles in Rainbow, mental health and disability non-government organisation for 16 years, focusing on evidence-based programme design, systematic advocacy and collaborative practice.

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“Mx Clunie has been the Project Lead for Te Ngākau Kahukura, an organisation working towards an Aotearoa where rainbow people grow up feeling safe, valued and belong in the places they live, learn and access healthcare and social support. They Co-Chair OutLine, a rainbow support service which provides information and a sense of community, provides a free peer support phone line and a peer support service for transgender and non-binary people in Auckland. They are a member of the Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Policy and Advocacy Committee and Co-Chair Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards’ suicide prevention strategy governance group. They were on the Auckland Council Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel for four years, helping raise the profile of LGBTQI+ communities and the rainbow support sector. Their work on the panel led to the introduction of all-gender bathrooms, collecting data on genders beyond the binary and including rainbow communities in several strategies such as youth homelessness. Mx Clunie has provided rainbow expertise on advisory groups for Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and Te Hiringa Hauora.”

Photo | Moira Clunie with Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.

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