Beverly Hayman has spent her years trying to make life better for others, but it took a lot of soul searching before she decided to accept the offer of a Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.
"It's very humbling. I read about these people each year and I think, 'they have done all theses things'. I'm just an ordinary mum," the Tauranga woman said.
By accepting the award, Mrs Hayman, 78, hoped others would realise there were plenty of opportunities to get involved and help people.
"I love people," she said. "You do it because you just want to do it. If you can make somebody else's life better that's great."
Mrs Hayman met her late husband, Ken, while auditioning to play piano for his band.
Their mutual love of music saw Mrs Hayman volunteer for the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga for 44 years. She was also secretary of Tauranga Big Band for 25 years.
Mrs Hayman's community involvement did not stop there.
She is treasurer of the Tauranga branch of Soroptomists International, which aims to create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide, and has been a member for 36 years. She has also been part of the Tauranga South Inner Wheel women's volunteer organisation for 30 years, holding a number of roles.
Mrs Hayman was on the founding committee of Tauranga Kindergarten in 1961, when her four daughters were in their pre-school years.
She and her husband bought Bernina Sewing Centre in Tauranga in 1970. Her daughters now own and run the sewing centre but Mrs Hayman is still a regular fixture in the store.