2010 QB Honours

June 7th, 2010 at 6:00 am by David Farrar

The full list should be available here.

DNZM (Dame Companion of the Order)

Temuranga Batley-Jackson QSM, Manukau

For services to Maori

KNZM (Knight Companion of the Order)

Frederick Richard Allen OBE, Whangaparaoa

For services to rugby

Graeme Bruce Douglas MNZM, Auckland
For services to philanthropy and athletics

Peter Charles Leitch QSM, Bucklands Beach
For services to business and philanthropy

David Raymond Levene OBE, North Shore City
For services to business and the community

Richard Leslie Taylor ONZM, Wellington
For services to film

One dame and five knights.

I have to confess I have never heard of Dame Temuranga Batley-Jackson. Even more unusual she doesn’t tun up anywhere in Google, except the photos NZPA took of her on Sunday.

Sir Fred Allen is the 90 year old former All Black captain and coach. Under his coaching, the All Blacks won 14 out of 14 tests.

Sir Graeme Douglas set up Douglas Pharmaceuticals in 1967 while working as a community pharmacist, and it has grown to be globally successful. He is also a major benefactor to athletics.

Sir Peter Leitch needs no introduction I suspect. While most think of him as an Aucklander, he went to my old school, Rongotai College in Wellington. Arise Sir Mad Butcher.

Sir David Levene is from the firm Levene’s, where he started work in 1947. He is a benefactor of Outward Bound and the Parkinson’s Society.

Sir Richard Taylor is the most well known as head of Weta Workshop and winner of five Academy Awards.

UPDATE: Temuranga Batley-Jackson is known less formally as June Jackson, whom I (and others) have heard of. That explains the lack of Google hits.

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32 Responses to “2010 QB Honours”

  1. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    I think that Temuranga Batley-Jackson QSM of Manukau may be the parole board’s June Jackson. If so, she has served since 1990 and has held several other government and advisory roles, including the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and been CEO of Manukau Urban Maori Authority and Manager of Nga Whara Waatea.
    Edit: I see that she is Willie Jackson’s mom, so I’m pretty sure it is her.

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  2. Grant Michael McKenna (1,160 comments) says:

    From this honours list we learn that long service on the parole board counts as services to Māori :-)

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  3. Inventory2 (10,429 comments) says:

    @ DPF – isn’t it 2010? Your title line reads

    2009 QB honours

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  4. Manolo (14,062 comments) says:

    “June Jackson was instrumental in taking legal action to the Privy Council in 1996 on behalf of urban Maori to force a fairer share of the Crown’s fisheries settlement for those with few if any tribal affiliations.”

    Does that qualify you to become a Dame?

    Enough said. Another recipient of the gravy train continues the tradition. While the common New Zealander (Maori or not) forges ahead, the Maori elites have a great time at taxpayer’s expense.

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  5. tvb (4,511 comments) says:

    It seems you can get a gong for almost anything. I could get one for going to work on time or even getting out of bed. I think the list should be pruned back. I am glad the arts contingent have it seems been largely left out. Though I am pleased about Sam Hunt and I am pleased he accepted it graciously. It irritates me to see senior gongs for opera and ballet.

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  6. big bruv (14,148 comments) says:

    Nobody deserves their award more than Peter Leitch, IMHO it is long overdue.

    Well done Sir.

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  7. big bruv (14,148 comments) says:

    I heard this stupid Jackson woman interviewed on radio live this morning, the host (Bernard Hickey) asked her what she thought about the three strikes legislation.

    Her reply was ‘I don’t like it, but I have not really kept up with it either, but I know it will effect OUR PEOPLE disproportionately”

    There you go, a top gong has been awarded to an idiot and a racist.

    BTW, her equally racist son Willie Jackson is on record as saying that he has no time for knighthoods and the like, I wonder if he will change his tune now?

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  8. Manolo (14,062 comments) says:

    I’m also happy for Peter Leitch, the Mad Butcher, a hard-working, decent, self-made man who deserves his knighthood. If only his beloved Warriors were 1/100th that good.

    Sir Peter, accept my sincere congratulations.

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  9. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Alas no Sir Johnboy again.

    Bugger!

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  10. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    Missed one, DPF:

    Additional

    KNZM

    To be an Additional Knight Companion of the said Order:

    The Honourable John Hugh WILLIAMS, of Waitakere.
    For services as a Judge.

    Are we all Knighted out?

    Also, I note this under the MNZMs:

    Mrs June Te Raumangi JACKSON, of Wellington.
    For services to the community.

    Common name, I guess. More common than Temuranga, anyways.

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  11. Captain Neurotic (203 comments) says:

    I note in the Queens dispatches:

    Ms Jeanette Mary FITZSIMONS, of Thames.
    For public services.

    Was awarded the CNZM – I trust she will reject the award to show she believes in what she says.

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  12. JiveKitty (778 comments) says:

    A number should be more honest about what they are awarded for. I propose the wording be changed to “For services to yourself”.

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  13. Alan Wilkinson (1,889 comments) says:

    I second BB’s commendation of Peter Leitch.

    Surely nobody could feel anything but happy with his knighthood and there would be quite a few Knights and Dames who should feel honoured to be in his company. Truly a great kiwi bloke.

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  14. Inventory2 (10,429 comments) says:

    Ditto Alan et al – Sir Peter Charles Leitch’s knighthood is well deserved, as is that of Sir Fred (the Needle) Allen

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  15. Tauhei Notts (1,747 comments) says:

    Manolo,
    Spot on, mate!

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  16. big bruv (14,148 comments) says:

    Perhaps I have a mischievous side, but I would have loved to have seen the following award for no other reason than it would drive the pinko’s in the blogsphere absolutely fucking crazy.

    David Peter Farrar OBE
    For Services to Politics

    Can you imagine the hate filled posts bursting out from the EPMU funded Standard?, an award like that for DPF would be worth an entire weeks entertainment.

    :)

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  17. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Sir Peter -very well deserved indeed.

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  18. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    At 45 years old, does that make Sir Richard Taylor the youngest knight in NZ?

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  19. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Temuranga Batley-Jackson QSM must be a Maori Party’s recomondation to the list.
    but im not sure who Acts recomondation to the list was..

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  20. dime (10,108 comments) says:

    Sir Needle?? cool! Sir Butch?? cool!

    not sure about sir weta guy. seems weaks.

    just stoked to see the knighthoods back!

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  21. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    Long ago, I lived in Mangere East (1977 -80). Back then, Peter Leitch had just the one shop on Massey Rd. He was a rough diamond, even then, but a diamond, nonetheless. My kids loved going there because they always got a slice of luncheon or a saveloy or somesuch. But the measure of the man for me was that when my then seven year old daughter got off the school bus from Papatoetoe, if she went into his shop, he would walk her across the busy traffic of Massey Rd so she could walk the rest of the way to our home in Tennessee Ave. And all our kids took part in the local athletics club sports every week, and they all wore singlets given by the Mad Butcher. A good guy!

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  22. fatman43us (166 comments) says:

    Sir Peter Leitch – a most deserving and welcome honour for a life well lived. And the same for Sir Fred, but the Damehood for June Jackson, I think not.

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  23. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    “My kids loved going there because they always got a slice of luncheon or a saveloy or somesuch. ”

    Sir Mad Butcher could not do that now it’s been banned under the food hygiene regs.

    I think that came in during Control Freaks reign of terror.

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  24. backster (2,184 comments) says:

    Yeah I agree with everyone Congratulations to the Butcher.

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  25. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    So who got a knighthood for services to pakeha?

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  26. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    So who got a knighthood for services to pakeha?

    Andy Haden, Micheal Laws…. unofficially.

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  27. wikiriwhis business (4,119 comments) says:

    Mad butcher…. great Kiwi.

    Truly gives hope that recognition still comes to the hard working and deserving.

    Just strange about his strong socialist leanings after profiting so well from the capitalist experience.

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  28. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Fair enough for Mad Butcher I guess. Celebrity seems to be important when deciding on knighthood.

    I personally lost all respect for Leitch when he helped Tea Ropati get off the hook for his brutal extra-marital ‘escapade’ in Victoria Park.

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  29. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    His saussies leave a bit to be desired too. Still what can you expect at 500 for $10 or whatever.

    Shit I just thought —-ideal for Phil Goofs next barbie. :)

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  30. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    Radiolive talk back should be interesting this arvo. Willie Jackson and John Tamihere have had the debate about titles before and from memory Willie is vehemently opposed to them. No way would he have a bar of it etc. Now that his old mum is a recipient he might struggle to comment today, someone is bound to bring it up!!! lol

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  31. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    tristanb Yep agree with you about Leitch and that incident.

    Tsk,tsk, a hori getting a knighthood, people who sold off the NZ silver did a lot more there theirs did they not ?

    Did not see Len Holmwood’s name, or the names of the two coppers who got him to safety under gunfire.
    Still, most of the gallantry awards rank behind knighthoods that some have got in the past by funding bloody political parties.

    Hope Corporal Apiata VC remembers his place at offical events with all those knights and dames about.

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  32. BlairM (2,364 comments) says:

    Maybe it’s because I’ve spent eight months in the United States, but from this distance all these awards and titles are starting to look silly, snobby, and out of place in modern New Zealand.

    Perhaps the day should come soon when they are discontinued?

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