Political Trivia Quiz of the Day?

March 10th, 2009 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Which MP will be eligible to title herself as “Lady” if her husband changes his DCNZM for a KNZM?

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12 Responses to “Political Trivia Quiz of the Day?”

  1. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Peter Dunne

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Sue Bradford.

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  3. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    Georgina Te Heuheu

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    My first thought was Hekia Parata, but the style (not ‘title’) Lady can only be used by the wives of those with knighthoods if they use their husband’s surname.

    [DPF: Correct. That is why I said eligible - she could style herself Lady Gardiner if she chose to. I think I am on safe grounds, saying it is very unlikely!]

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  5. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    you’re right Graeme – Harawira Gardiner gets her past the post…I was clearly wrong – always get Timoti and Tumu mixed up (I hope she doesn’t!)

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  6. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Hopefully no one, in this day and age. The honour is awarded to the recipient… for anyone else to try and style themselves something as a result is rather pathetic.

    Last “Lady” I head of was Lady Renouf, who’s making quite a name for herself as a Holocaust denier, and seems to receive publicity only because of her “title”, which no journo seems to realise wasn’t awarded to her at all.

    Besides, it doesn’t work in reverse so it’s clearly a sexist anachronism… surely none of our enlightened Parliamentarians would betray the Sisterhood?! :-D

    Greenfly – I gave you a thumbs up for that one, despite snorting coffee through my nose.

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  7. anonymouse (715 comments) says:

    Graeme: according to the Beehive’s Q&A she can use it as a courtesy title in association with her other name

    The wife of a knight who, for professional or other purposes uses her maiden name,
    may use the courtesy title in association with her other names. For example:

    Mary Brown, Lady Smith
    or Miss Mary Brown, (Lady Smith)
    or Dr Mary Brown (Lady Smith)
    or Lady Smith (Dr Mary Brown)

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  8. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    And I was about to congratulate you in my comment … I then thought “hey – I thought she was Sir Tumu’s brother?” And then I thought, “hey, but Tumu got a real knighthood anyway – before it changed to the DCNZM – so anyone married to him could already use the style Lady.” Then I got even more confused, so left the congratulations out to be safe.

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  9. anonymouse (715 comments) says:

    Tumu’s father Sir Hepi got a real gong, Tumu was bestowed his DCNZM in ’04,sans title
    But Te Ariki or Paramount Chief has more mana anyway.

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  10. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    An interesting question about whether the courtesy title might survive scrunity under the BOR?

    – Is it the product of govt action?
    – Is it unlawful “disrimination” based on gender or marital status?
    – Is it a limit prescribed by law?
    – Is it justifiable in any event?

    d

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  11. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    I think it’s Georgina Te Heuheu and Buggerlugs was wrong to recant.

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  12. peteremcc (344 comments) says:

    There is a Heuheu on the list though isn’t there? What’s the relation?

    [DPF: Brother in law]

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