Queens Birthday Honours

June 1st, 2009 at 9:06 am by David Farrar

The full list is on the DPMC website.

Sir John Walker is a household name, and most will know of Dame JennyGibbs.

Dame Iritana Tawhiwirangi is the founder of the Kohango Reo movement, so is honoured for her services to Maori education.

MFAT CEO Simon Murdoch gets a CNZM, as does former Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock and well known businessman John Todd. Plus several others who I am less familiar with.

ONZMs include Murray Deaker (sports broadcaster), Robin Judkins (Coast to Coast organiser, Rpger Moses (Wellington College Principal), and Stephen Levine (VUW Professor).

I see Kiwiblog regular Ross Miller, JP get a MNZM for his community service. Well done Ross. Other MNZMs are Robin Oliver (tax policy guru at IRD), John Morrison, and Irene van Dyk.

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31 Responses to “Queens Birthday Honours”

  1. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    Well done, Ross. And the top awards are a deserving list of people who have achieved and given back.

    I always love the stories of those who get a QSM or QSO – people like that beaver away doing the good stuff you don’t realise happens until it stops. A gong is an excellent way to publicly recognise them.

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  2. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    This has to be the most pointless public holiday of the year – not even the UK celebrates the Queen’s Birthday, and… it’s not even her real birthday! Can we ditch it for another, more significant holiday on some other day? Oh, and can we ditch the Limey Head of State while we are at it?

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  3. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Congratulations Ross – well deserved and all that old chap :-)

    And how long until DPF gets a gong for services to New Zealand in leading the charge to get the EFA repealed and get Helen Clark and Mickey Cullen unelected? New Year perhaps?

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    “Mr Laly Paroane HADDON, of Wellsford.
    For services to conservation.”

    Is this the same fellow who is a convicted dope grower/dealer and habitual non payer of interest on loans?

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  5. Fletch (6,375 comments) says:

    The list says “New Zealand order of Merit” – when do the Knighthoods come back? I thought they had been re-instated. Or is that for the New Years honours list? And what is the difference?

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  6. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    # Inventory2 (3017) Vote: Add rating 0 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 9:29 am
    “And how long until DPF gets a gong for services to New Zealand in leading the charge to get the EFA repealed and get Helen Clark and Mickey Cullen unelected? New Year perhaps?”

    First someone needs to make the nomination. The form is downloadable from here and the same site has instructions on where to send it.

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  7. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Fletch – SIR John Walker; DAME Jenny Gibbs; DAME Iritana Tawhiwirangi

    Titular honours are back right now.

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  8. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    They have been reinstalled Fletch. John Walker got a KCOM and Jenny Gibbs and Iritana Tawhiwirangi got a DCOM … those are Knight Commander and Dame commander respectively.

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  9. Fletch (6,375 comments) says:

    Ahh ok, well it said at the top – “The Queen has been pleased on the occasion of the celebration of The Queen’s Birthday,
    to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit.” They should remove mention of the NZ Order of Merit – it just makes it confusing.

    I suppose the worst thing is that Helen will probably become a Dame in the New years list – the very pants-wearing person who helped get rid of Knighthoods and who doesn’t believe in them.

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  10. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    What for Fletch? Services to virginity?

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  11. Fletch (6,375 comments) says:

    LOL, Adolf.
    But doesn’t every past PM usually get one? No matter how good they were.

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  12. Father Ted (85 comments) says:

    DAM Helen is going to be a Dame?

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  13. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Fletch – she would have to accept the honour if it were offered. But she was the one who dismantled our honours system in the first place, and she has oft said how much she despises the class system – for her to accept would be hugely hypocritical. Then again, what else is new?

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  14. democracymum (648 comments) says:

    Congratulations to everyone who received an honour today.
    It is great to live in a country where an individual’s success and achievements are once again celebrated.

    This in a country where our current PM is described as “unpretentious and perhaps the most normal ever”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10575532

    Contrast these comments to our former PM (who could be described as neither of these things)

    A woman who did not inspire the nation she lead, but chose instead to control it.

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  15. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    Fletch, as far as I know, all knighthoods (and Damehoods) are to some order of chivalry … I have no difficulty with an authentically New Zealand one such as the order of merit (OM). It is more relevant to kiwis than “the Order of St Michael and St George”.

    And to dispel any misgivings about linkages to previous governments, the OM was established by the Bolger government if I recall correctly.

    What Labour did was to change the style by which the highest awards within the order were known. That is now restored, so I see no confusion.

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  16. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    If anyone felt like doing a google search, they’d see that NZ has been pissing around with all these different honours for decades: http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/overview/nzom.html

    Wiki sums it up:

    In 1975, after a review of the system, two uniquely New Zealand honours were integrated into it: the Queen’s Service Order, and its affiliated Medal. In 1987, the Order of New Zealand was instituted as the supreme New Zealand honour. A further review of the system in 1996 and 1997 resulted in the termination of awards of almost all British honours and the creation of a new five-level New Zealand Order of Merit to replace them.

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  17. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    John Walker who said screw NZ I’m going to Canada because you guys all suck, then came home with his tail between his legs John Walker?

    Yeah household name, not sure THATS a qualification though.

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  18. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    Great to see John WALKER, Steve Kearney, and Murray DEAKER being fittingly acknowledged.,,,The most glaring omission is the continuing refusal to grant the Nations highest accolade to Nancy WAKE(The White Mouse) the greatest ever heroine born in this country. We should claim her.

    ADOLF…..Your comment about a man named HADDON reminded me of my mispent youth spent in the Public bars of a number of central North Island Hotels. Several had truly magnificent large scale murals of Maori wars on the walls painted by one Oriwa Haddon. The Publican of one told me he was an old Maori drunk who used to move from hotel to hotel staying and drinking free while decorating the bar-room walls. Your post motivated me to google him. He was a truly remarkable achiever f
    for any era, and especially for his time.

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  19. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    I understand she actually declined an Australian decoration on the grounds that she considers herself a kiwi backster.

    Certainly long past tinme she was acknowledged.

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  20. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    I cannot see why people involved in sports admin get gongs – for soccer, for basketball etc etc. Cut the list right back and give out about 6 or 7 real worthies.

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  21. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    No mention of the Wizard of Christchurch? What’s wrong with you people?

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  22. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    village idiot said “No mention of the Wizard of Christchurch? What’s wrong with you people?”

    Are you outing yourself village idiot?

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  23. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    I’ve got reservations about awards for “services to business”. This seems to me to dilute capitalism.

    Dollars and cents measure business success. National benefit is measured by how business contributes to the creative side of Schumpeter’s “creative destruction”. Again the measure and reward is growth in GDP and, for a tiny export country like NZ, healthy balance of payments. Hard numbers!

    QSMs and such awards for services to business chiefly strengthen the growth of NGO pseudo-business organisations that purport to promote small business, teach entrepreneurship, and spend local body money competing to attract investment to create the next Silicon Valley — a mirage. This is a world of PRs, of lobbyists, of grandstanders, of consultants in flaky fields.

    Perhaps the traditional business groups such as chambers of commerce and employers’ associations – even manufacturers’ and farmers’ associations — come closest to meriting community awards like QSMs. However, even with these, the secretaries who once took notes as local business leaders spoke are now Chamber CEOs who front the groups in the local media.

    Back to the dollars and cents, to profit and loss, to cash flow folks. Leave the gongs as rewards for people who give good, generally unpaid service in charitable and other non-profit sectors.

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  24. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Villiage idiot outing himself makes as much sense as Julian Cleary outing himself. Its just a smidge too late Inventory.

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  25. oxymoron (32 comments) says:

    When do we find out who accepted titular upgrades of those who are currently Principle and Distinguished Companions? I take it the announcement of these is not today so that today’s gazetting spotlight isn’t stolen?

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  26. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    # Inventory2 (3021) Vote: Add rating 2 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 10:03 am

    “Fletch – she would have to accept the honour if it were offered.”

    Any evidence for that? I am fairly sure that every recipient of honours is free to decline

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  27. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Julian Cleary is out? Shit!

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  28. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    DPF – Although I am heartened to see that you are woking today – rabid republican that you are – I am rather disappointed that you are wasting time on such things as royalty based honors lists. Maybe there is just a bit of nostalgia working on you? Maybe we wouldnt be quite the country we are without an honers list? Maybe – and this is a terrible thought – you wouldnt mind if an honur came your way……..

    [DPF: I am awaiting my long overdue knighthood. I support having NZ honours and support NZ becoming a Republic]

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  29. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    bharmer – I meant that for an honour to be conferred, the offer of it would have to be accepted. there is, of course, no compulsion to accept. – apologies for not being clear :-)

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  30. oxymoron (32 comments) says:

    Most of the time one has to accept an honour. But there has been at least one exception. Hillary had no idea he had been knighted until he received an envelope addressed to him with the postnominals KBE written on there – the Prime Minister of NZ had accepted on his behalf!

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  31. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    Yes, there is no contradiction between supporting titular honours such as Sir or Dame, and desiring a New Zealander as our independent Head of State.

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