New Year Honours

December 31st, 2012 at 7:47 am by David Farrar

The full list is at DPMC. Two new Dames.

DNZM

To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

The Honourable Justice Judith Marjorie Potter, CBE, of Auckland. For services to the judiciary.

Ms Wendy Edith Pye, MBE, of Auckland. For services to business and education.

Potter has a distinguished legal career. Dame Wendy Pye’s honour is well deserved.  Her education business (yes how evil – a private company making money out of education) has helped illiterate children learn English around the world (and here), and has also been an export earner for New Zealand.

KNZM

To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

Mr Owen George Glenn, ONZM, of Auckland. For services to philanthropy.

Mr Robert Anster Harvey, QSO, of Auckland. For services to local body affairs and the community.

Mr Paul Scott Holmes, CNZM, of Hastings. For services to broadcasting and the community.

The Honourable Justice Mark Andrew O’Regan, of Wellington. For services to the judiciary.

Mr Julian Stanley Smith, OBE, of Dunedin. For services to business.

Mr Mark Wiremu Solomon, of Christchurch. For services to Māori and business.

Mr Mark James Todd, CBE, of Swindon, United Kingdom. For services to equestrian sport.

Seven knights here. Justice O’Regan has also had a distinguished career. Sir Owen Glenn has had his share of controversy, but he has been a very generous donor to many NZ causes and is currently putting a lot of time and energy into initiatives to reduce child abuse. He has of course also had a stellar business career.

Bob Harvey is a former Labour Party President, but his service in local body politics sees him as Sir Bob. No one can say that this National Government has discriminated in their . In June Cullen also got knighted!

A lovely tribute to Sir Paul Holmes, as 2012 was his final year as a broadcaster. He changed NZ broadcasting. He has also been a vigorous supporter of many good causes such as the NZ Paralympics team.

Sir Julian Smith is the effective owner of the ODT, which has been with his family for five generations. A prominent businessman in Dunedin.

Sir Mark Solomon is Ngai Tahu’s Chairman, and Ngai Tahu have continued to grow and prosper.

And Sir Mark Todd needs no introduction. A legend who won’t give up.

Also congrats to John Slater for his ONZM for services to the community. John, with support from Margaret, has spent decades supporting charitable organisations such as Presbyterian Support Services.

Lester Levy’s CNZM also well deserved. Has made a huge contribution to the health system. Also Anthea Simcock’s ONZM for her pioneering work as a child abuse educator.

Vicki Hyde gets a MNZM for services to science, and hopefully debunking frauds as a sceptic.

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41 Responses to “New Year Honours”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Dropping your pants and brown eyeing people is very knightly. Harvey is an idiot and detracts from the others on the list who are mostly deserving

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  2. wreck1080 (3,527 comments) says:

    Not many examples of selfless people here.

    I simply disagree with the basis on which honours are awarded.

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  3. Azeraph (598 comments) says:

    Holmes is such a geek but no one can deny his tenacity for bouncing back and sticking with it, so his daughter has/had drug issues, a lot of young people do but a lot of our ex pat young in Aussie get sucked in as well, if anything his trials has shown that he is not exempt from a normal humans problems of having kids, it’s just that his life was public.

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  4. Azeraph (598 comments) says:

    I wonder if my generation (early 40′s and up) will be the last generations to see these things called honours given out. The up and coming gens are so different it will be exciting to see how they steer the world when they decide to take it.

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  5. Sonny Blount (1,829 comments) says:

    No Dick Tonks?

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  6. tvb (3,945 comments) says:

    I was pleased with Sir Paul Holmes. Sadly I do not think his prognosis is all that good. The rest are a rather predictable lot. But I am pleased with the bi-partisan nature of the honours with two Labour Party figures getting honors. You would not get that generosity of spirit from a Labour Government.

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  7. Redbaiter (6,481 comments) says:

    No Edmund Hillarys or Earnest Rutherfords these days.

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  8. Belinda (126 comments) says:

    We must be scraping the barrel now, trying to find more knights and dames.
    I’m sure many Nzers haven’t heard of half these people.
    How much longer will this outdated system continue?

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  9. Nigel Kearney (747 comments) says:

    Anyone who thinks Potter deserves anything needs to read this:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3767342/Justice-system-a-joke-Hawea-Vercoes-family-says

    The sentence was increased on appeal, but the killer is out already and enjoying Christmas with his family three years later. Kicking someone in the head when they’re on the ground is not manslaughter. Drinking is not an excuse. You do not get credit for pleading guility after finding out there is a video. These are things that are understood by anyone with an ounce of common sense.

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  10. Redbaiter (6,481 comments) says:

    Agree Nick- Giving honours to judges when it is they who bear the most responsibility for the failure of the justice system makes the whole process look like a raffle.

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  11. Redbaiter (6,481 comments) says:

    The failure of the justice system to deal with violent crime I meant to say.

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  12. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    Thought convicted criminal Kim Shultz, aka Dotcon, should have got a gong for services to the New Zealand legal system -Look forward to saying goodbye this coming year.
    If he has done nothing wrong why not go back to the US voluntarily – Yea !!!

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  13. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    How low we must have sunk that the mildly deranged Harvey is knigthed.
    Further proof Labour lite continues to reward its socialist predecessors.

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  14. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    Jesus Paul Holmes? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10576973

    Mark ‘Stableboys and Cocaine’ Todd? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=140978

    We really are scraping the bottom of the barrel these days- What does the future hold? ‘Sir’ Kim Dotcom ? ‘Dame’ Sally Ridge? ‘Sir’ David ‘I shot the prick’ Bain??

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  15. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    Richard Long, John Hawkesby, Paul Holmes. These are our pilliars of truth, these are New Zealand’s rock solid granite.

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  16. tempest (29 comments) says:

    Can someone here tell me exactly what Julian Smith has done for Dunedin or New Zealand??

    Asides from being a solid member of the well connected Dunedin establishment, the Tartan Mafia, and generally a fairly pompous git.

    He was born into old Dunedin money, and has since managed the family business in a good old nice conservative Dunedin fashion. Good on him for doing so.

    But how does that justify a knighthood?

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  17. Tom Jackson (2,261 comments) says:

    Xbox Live achievements signify more than the hours system these days.

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  18. Viking2 (10,734 comments) says:

    Paulus (1,409) Says:
    December 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Thought convicted criminal Kim Shultz, aka Dotcon, should have got a gong for services to the New Zealand legal system -Look forward to saying goodbye this coming year.
    If he has done nothing wrong why not go back to the US voluntarily – Yea !!!
    —————————

    I suspect that in a year or so you will bow down to Dotcom and thank him for bringing so much money to the NZ economy.
    You never do well, lazy socialist twats just can’t abide entreprenures can you. Unless its mandated by a socialist regime that screws the fuck out of your income you just don’t like anyone making cash.
    Loser.
    Like RB says, “no wonder this counbtry is stuffed”

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  19. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    If he has done nothing wrong why not go back to the US voluntarily</i?

    Because he believes he will be locked up pre-trial, and because he does not believe he can get a fair trial if he can't pay for lawyers. He has stated that he has advised the US government that if they agree not to imprison him prior to conviction, and agree to release some of the seized assets to pay for lawyers, he will give up his extradition fight and go to the US to face trial.

    He says he has not received a response.

    I would also note that there are greater rights of fair trial in New Zealand in at least some respects, which he is trying to avail himself of here. In New Zealand, if you wish to have a copy of the evidence the police have, they have to provide you a copy. In the US, at least with respect to what we have here, they have to provide access (e.g. to the seized evidence on the computers), but you have to pay for a copy of it yourself. If he's got no money, this won't be possible, so he's trying to get it for free in New Zealand first.

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  20. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    No editing at all, any more?

    Assume the italicised quote is only the first line :-)

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  21. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    This is one thing I agree with Helen Clark about. We should have got rid of knighthoods. They’re generally given out to celebrities and self-serving fuckheads (as they are in the UK).

    But I’d have gone further than Sir Helen. Ditch OBEs, ONZs, and all the other bullshit. A government should not be running an awards show.

    Or at least get rid of “services to broadcasting” and “services to sport” – these are really just services to self, and have enough rewards thrown at them already.

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  22. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Longknives: Yes, there’s hope for me yet! I mean it’s only taken Todd 13 years to live down allegations – never denied by him – about cocaine and stable boys in the tack room. Although there were threats, no action for defamtion followed.

    Interesting juxtaposition given the award list: I will never forget Todd’s answer to Paul Holmes’ question on live TV “have you ever taken illegal drugs?” Todd: “That’s a curly one Paul.”

    Not knowing many of the others, my candidate for “WTF has this guy done to get a gong” has to be John Hawkesby. A former autocue reader who received a ridiculously generous multi-million dollar award from the Employment Court because his career was effectively over (it wasn’t), he became a wine grower on Waiheke Island and man about town…Ah well, mustn’t grumble.

    I don’t begrudge Holmes his gong in what are obviously the last months of his life. Publicly standing up to the Headhunter scum has got to be worth something.

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  23. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    Hmmm… Owen Glenn hints that he will run for Parliament if either National or Labour indicate that they will form a coalition with NZ First.

    Shane Jones compares the potential effect with Bob Jones’ entry into politics with the NZ Party, saying there could be a repeat of the 1984 election which put an end to the Muldoon government.

    Key, resiling from his 2008 position that Peters and NZ First were simply too corrupt to work with, refusing to rule it out in future.\

    Then Glenn gets a knighthood, which surely greatly diminishes, if not ends, his chance of successfully winning as an independent in egalitarian NZ, which is why gongs are only ever handed out to retired pollies (the exception being Muldoon’s awarding of one to himself, though even that was in the twilight of his political career).

    Thus taking the Glenn threat off the board and leaving the way clear for a National/NZ First coalition.

    On a much happier note, congratulations to Paul Holmes. As DPF said, he changed NZ broadcasting. Perhaps unless you worked in it it’s difficult to see how much, but till he arrived on the scene NZ was still very much presenting radio and TV in the style of Aunt Daisy and Uncle Scrim – what, for want of a better word, I’d call formally informal, exactly like your elderly maiden aunt. Others were copying the US “rock jock” model. Holmes made it okay to be yourself on air, which was uniquely New Zealand. And if you think his TV program occasionally plunged the to the depths, then you’ve never watched the commercial channels in Australia immediately after the news. For instance the laughingly titled A Current Affair, whose story list for the last few weeks includes:
    - Shape swimwear…”revolutionary new swimwear design to help women look and feel fantastic this summer”.
    - Car sales… “It’s the new way to buy a car and there’s not a salesman or car yard in sight. Now you can set the price you want to pay, click a mouse and let it all happen for you”.
    - Mega new games… “A Current Affair shows you the new mega lottery games coming in the New Year”.
    - Trashed… “She’s the tenant from hell who trashed her rental property…”
    - Future shopping… “Retailers are going high-tech and they say it’s all designed to make shopping faster and more enjoyable”
    - Love rat… “one woman’s brave stand to name and shame a man she says broke her heart and her bank balance”.
    - Cheap flights… “The sales are on and the airlines are cashing in. They’re slashing the costs of thousands of domestic and international fares”.
    - buildBITS… “now there’s a simple and easy way to buy the materials you need without breaking the budget”.
    - TV hits… “It’s 2012′s television hit list. There are surprise winners, shock losers, the stars that really shone…”
    - Share house… “Fancy the opportunity to own a share in a luxury mansion and spend a few months of quality time in it each year?”
    - Blockbusters… “Forget about the Sydney to Hobart or the shopping sales. If you’re a movie buff, Boxing Day is all about one thing – blockbusters”.

    Advertorial, advertorial, advertorial, cheap shot at beneficiaries / tenants, advertorial, advertorial… and so on, ad infinitum. In contrast, “Holmes” mostly brought us genuine stories and real interviews, night after night. It wasn’t always perfect, but his critics might pause to reflect that it could have been so much worse, and one of the reasons it wasn’t was that its host insisted it be better than that.

    Leaping from topic to topic across brekfast radio and then evening TV required a tireless work ethic and an agile mind, and I’m glad Paul is at last able to rest, and enjoy the recognition he deserves.

    I see a few people being somewhat pessimistic about his health, but as Azeraph says, he’s demonstrated incredible tenacity and an ability to bounce back from crisis which I hope, and think, will serve him well in future.

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  24. Pete George (21,826 comments) says:

    I see a few people being somewhat pessimistic about his health…

    I’ve seen a credible report that his gong is just in time, and his future may be no more than ‘days’. There’s been some pissy criticism of him regardless of that, but especially inappropriate considering that.

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  25. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    I see Judge Potter who once dispensed with a complex criminal case midstream because it interfered with her planned overseas holiday at a probable cost of hundreds of thousands has been rewarded for ‘services to the judiciary’, maybe we can now expect other Judges to follow her example in hope of similar recognition.http://www.kiwisfirst.co.nz/index.asp?PageID=2145845370

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  26. Tom Jackson (2,261 comments) says:

    Paul Holmes = a man with the ego of David Hasselhoff with a tenth of the talent.

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  27. Pete George (21,826 comments) says:

    Brian Edwards on Holmes – Starry Starry Knight.

    Many who know Holmes personally seem to have genuine respect for him.

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  28. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    @Tom Jackson

    I’ve never known anyone go into broadcasting – me included – without a healthy ego. You have to be someone who’s unafraid of stepping into the spotlight or you’d be useless at the job. So the first part of your intended insult is no more than a note that he met the requirements of the job description.

    As for the second part of what you say, Brian Edwards, who had a long and undeniably successful career on radio and television argues very cogently that Holmes was a talented broadcaster. I – who’ve done the breakfast radio part of Holmes’ job but not had to fire on all cylinders 13 hours later and produce live television – also believe he’s a rare talent. In other words, people who have some inkling of just how hard it is to throw on a mic after the 6 o’clock news ends and know that – news, weather, traffic and ads aside – it’s up to you to fill the next four hours, often not knowing what topic you’ll be expected to be an instant expert on as news breaks – think he did a damned fine job.

    Whether you liked it or not is, of course, a matter of taste and Holmes certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste. Nor is anyone but the most bland cipher. So by all means say he grated on your nerves, and that some or all of what he did was irritating or too lightweight or whatever.

    But take it from those who’ve done a small part of what he used to do – it took plenty of talent, intelligence, and solid hard work.

    I can also say that when it came my turn to be the news, it was Paul who honoured a longstanding agreement to treat the matter fairly and with balance and, importantly, to give sufficient time to air the subject thoroughly. It would have been easy to take what he had – which I trusted him enough to give him exclusive access to – and make a tabloid “gothcha” piece out of it. Instead he proved to be a man of his word, and that’s rare enough these days let alone within the media.

    Frankly – and even leaving aside his ill health – the level of vitriol, especially on Twitter – is doing no favours for those spouting it. He was an interviewer fer gawd’s sake. He wasn’t a politician who lied his way to office and let us down, or a businessman who misled investors and left them destitute, or a violent criminal… he put himself out there for about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, hoping to inform and entertain people. And some people failed to be informed or entertained. And that justifies what’s being said in some quarters now? What an ugly place NZ – or parts of it – has become.

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  29. Dean Papa (623 comments) says:

    I don’t recall Holmes’ interview with you Rex. What was it all about, if you don’t mind me asking?

    But I do recall this one, I think it may have been the very first episode of the ‘Holmes’ show.

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  30. Pete George (21,826 comments) says:

    Whether you liked it or not is, of course, a matter of taste and Holmes certainly isn’t to everyone’s taste.

    Holmes wasn’t to my taste much of the time. But I can see he did an enormous amount, and he has widespread respect.

    And, while I’m not into gongs, Holmes seems to me to have been as deserving as most. It didn’t surprise me at all that he got the top honour.

    What an ugly place NZ – or parts of it – has become.

    Sadly, yes. Tom above, Danyl on Twitter, and a few at The Standard as Whale has pointed out, they have demonstrated some of this ugliness. When Danyl was called on the inappropriateness of his tweets he didn’t back down, saying “If you base your career on being public and controversial, people will have opinions about you”. Likewise people have can have opinions abouty him when he is being public and controversial.

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  31. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    @Dean Papa

    I’m happy to enlighten you if you don’t know, but not here. Most Kiwibloggers will have a vague recollection of what I’m talking about, so I don’t want to refresh Google searches on my name with the details. Just drop me a line to RexWiderstrom at hotmail.

    Yes, Dennis Conner was Paul’s first TV interview on his first show. Yes, Conner was provoked till he walked out, thus ensuring ratings for the show. But it didn’t take much to do it, and if he went on a NZ current affairs show expecting not to be challenged about calling New Zealand yacht designer Bruce Farr “a loser” and “full of shit”, then he’s incredibly naive.

    Interestingly, Conner now claims not to remember the walkout. Tui billboard if ever there was one.

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  32. Rex Widerstrom (5,129 comments) says:

    @Pete George

    I’ve lost any regard I had for Danyl. It won’t bother him, any more than his pathetic mewlings will bother Holmes, but I won’t be reading anything he writes in future.

    But he’s still head and shoulders above Martyn Bradbury. I’m not going to link to his bile, there’s a link at Brian Edwards’ site if anyone’s that interested. Not much written on blogs touches me emotionally as it’s less than tomorrow’s chip wrapper in the scheme of things, but if I’m ever unfortunate to meet Bradbury I will tell him privately just what his comment says about him as a human being.

    Those carping at Holmes should pause to consider the company they’re keeping, versus those who are praising him today.

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  33. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Holmes was at his best as a young DJ fresh back from the UK, Coca Cola All nighter- ringing the Pope- that sort of stuff was not done and he got in trouble for it but great fun if you are a teenager in Timaru where it was a novelty to have 24 hour radio.

    He has spoken at various functions for the Police over the years and anyone that attended has said he is gold as a public speaker.

    The absolute nastiness about his gong is unreal, like the Guardian readers on the Royals. I could understand if all the bile was directed at the half wit Harvey, but Holmes has done nothing to deserve the crap raining down on him.

    If nothing else he deserves a knighthood for that fucking awful CD he put out, that took guts.

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  34. Dean Papa (623 comments) says:

    Have to say I thought Conner showed some dignity while Holmes was attempting to humiliate him on camera.

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  35. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    Holmes has been a polarising character, but it is hard to deny that he has made his mark on broadcasting. PEB mentioned his CD; what about his god-awful autobiography? Sir Paul Holmes doesn’t sound as bad as some existing titles.

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  36. kowtow (6,717 comments) says:

    Paul Bloody Holmes! Good God,they really are trashing the honours list.

    Pass the undies.

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  37. Tookinator (195 comments) says:

    Jimmy Saville got a Knighthood…

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  38. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Andy, that comment does not become you…

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  39. Tom Jackson (2,261 comments) says:

    I don’t have a personal dislike of Holmes, as I have never met the man. For all I know he is pleasant company. However, he is nt a journalist, but an entertainer, and in New Zealand is the paradigm case of the almost complete replacement of journalism with infotainment. It’s one thing to have a personal distaste for what Holmes does. It’s another thing entirely to pretend that what he does is something it is not. For the record Bradbury is not much different in this respect. Sentimentalist nonsense.

    Journalism in NZ sucks. It’s controlled by a bunch of pontificating boomer prats who produce it for authoritarian morons on the left and right. Serious attempts to deal with the issues of the day have largely been relegated to blogs.

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  40. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    I always felt Holmes was at his best as a comedian; but good on him for riding the wave of personality-driven TV infotainment.

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  41. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    How positive vile making that bitch potter a dame. What for? Services to letting brown boys off lightly. Your national mates are disgusting.

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