Alan Whiteman, MNZM
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Alan Bruce Whiteman – Upper Hutt
For services to Fullbore target rifle shooting
Mr Alan Whiteman has contributed to the sport of full bore target rifle sporting since 1965.
Mr Whiteman began as a target marker on the Seddon Range in 1965, serving as a participant, manager, coach, volunteer and administrator at local, national and international levels. He has represented Wellington on 20 occasions at national competitions and was a member of the New Zealand Team at the 1995 Long Range World Championship.
He has been a key figure with the Upper Hutt Rifle Club, carrying out almost every role in the club for 50 years, providing safe and proper use of firearms. He was integral in the reinstating of the Seddon Shooting Range after it had been closed for safety reasons in 2000, and worked with the New Zealand Defence Force, planners, range designers to ensure the Wellington region could continue to use the range.
He has an extensive involvement with the Wellington Rifle Association and New Zealand Rifle Shooting Team, particularly as coach and manager of the national teams including managing the 1997 Under-21 Team against Australia. He is a former Chair of the National Rifle Association and was appointed as an Honorary Life Member in 2012. Mr Whiteman is a member of the Upper Hutt Rifle Club, now Trentham Rifle Club.