New Year Honours: Roger Bridge, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Christchurch businessman Roger Bridge has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and philanthropy.

Bridge's background rests in property investment and management. He has been involved in the formation and development of new business ventures, is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a member of the Christchurch Arts Festival Trust.

Bridge is on the National Party's board of directors and is the chairman of the party's Canterbury-Westland region. He is also the deputy chair of Quotable Value.

As a chair of the Rata Foundation, Bridge's philanthropic work has seen the establishment of a $25 million Special Fund created to assist with the social and economic impact of the Canterbury earthquakes.