Here's the text from the official citation

MACPHERSON, Dr James Malcolm (Malcolm)

For services to local government and the community

Dr Malcolm Macpherson was a Central Otago District Councillor for eight years, first elected in 1990, and Mayor for three terms from 2001 to 2010.

As Mayor Dr Macpherson oversaw a number of activities, including Alexandra's flood recovery projects, the Warm Homes Clean Air programme, and a systems thinking review of the Council's business. He was a national working party member and director of Apple Futures, and Chairman of the Central Employment Trust, now Seasonal Solutions. He chaired the regional economic development agency Otago Forward. He was elected to the Otago (now Southern) District Health Board for four terms, was a member of the Otago Polytechnic Council for eight years and served on the Otago Hospice Trust. He is a third-term member and past Chairman of the Central Lakes Trust. He is Chairman of Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, and Chairs the Alexandra Men's Shed Trust and the Clyde Rescue Boat Trust. He has been Chair of Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful and chaired the group who built Alexandra's Fulton Hogan Cycle Park. He was inaugural Chair of the Jolendale Park Charitable Trust, and is a member of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail Charitable Trust. Dr Macpherson is the independent Chair of Central Otago Premium Fruit Ltd, in a voluntary capacity.



Here's some local media coverage

Jo McKenzie-McLean
Stuff/Southland Times December 30 2017

Dr Malcolm Macpherson will be appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local government and the community.

Former Central Otago mayor Malcolm Macpherson has had a huge involvement in his community, from being elected as a councillor, to serving on the Otago Hospice Trust.

For his services to local government and the community, he is to become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 New Years Honours list. Macpherson was a Central Otago District Councillor for eight years, first elected in 1990 and mayor for three terms from 2001 to 2010.

As mayor he oversaw a number of activities including Alexandra's flood recovery projects, the Warm Homes Clean Air programme and a systems thinking review of the council business.

He was a national working party member and director of Apple Futures, and chairman of Central Employment Trust now Seasonal Solutions.

He chaired the regional economic development agency, Otago Forward. He was elected to the Otago (now Southern) District Health Board for four terms, was a member of the Otago Polytechnic Council for eight years and served on the Otago Hospice Trust.

He is a third-term member and past chairman of the Central Lakes Trust. He is chairman of Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery and chairs the Alexandra Men's Shed Trust and Clyde Rescue Boat Trust.

He has been chair of Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful and chaired the group who built Alexandra's Fulton Hogan Cycle Park. He was inaugural chair of of the Jolendale Park Charitable Trust and is a member of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail Charitable Trust.

Macpherson is also the independent chair of Central Otago Premium Fruit Ltd in a voluntary capacity.

Macpherson said a high point had been improving the quality of life for Otago households through the Warm Home Clean Air Project which started in his mayoral office around 2002.

With no funding initially, that project had carried on to benefit thousands of households across Otago.

"I can say there was no fingerprint on that but mine in the early years. We struggled to get it going in the early years."

Another project he was proud to have started with former Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Clive Geddes was Seasonal Solutions, which provides seasonal labour across the country to the horticulture and viticulture industries.

"That started with Clive Geddes and I sitting around my table saying we have to do something about the seasonal labour supply ... For two years [the project] hung on by the skin of its teeth, now it is a national project that supplies labour across New Zealand and helps hundreds of Vanuatu families feed, cloth and educate their children. You see groups of young men coming here every summer and sending money home ...They are both projects that are happening now, and making a real difference every day."

The New Year's Honour acknowledged "a lot of work by a lot of people", he said. "In local government and community politics you don't do anything on your own.

"It is nice to have a finger print on those things in the early days but it is always other people that carry them on."



From the Otago Daily Times' coverage ODT