The Queen’s Birthday Honours list was released on Monday, celebrating great Kiwis from all walks of life.
Among the 186 recipients, which include business personalities, are some hidden gems who are working away to make a difference in their community or chosen charity.
One of the local heroes being recognised is Waikato Hospital’s teddy bear lady, Jackie Grinder.
For nearly a decade Jackie Grinder has volunteered her time to sew clothes and dress 700 teddy bears for long-stay children at Waikato Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Auckland.
Ms Grinder also sews book bags, which are filled with stationery, books and games and given to sick children for activities during their time in hospital.