2013 QB honours

The full list is on the DPMC site.


To be a Member of the said Order:

Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt, CNZM, of Auckland. For services to New Zealand.

Professor Wendt was born in Samoa, but of German heritage. He established the University of the South Pacific Center in Samoa, has won the NZ Books Awards and is currently a Professor of Pacific studies at the University of Auckland.


To be a Dame Companion of the said Order:

Mrs Ngāneko Kaihau Minhinnick, JP, of Waiuku. For services to Māori and conservation.


To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

The Honourable Robert Stanley Chambers, of Auckland. For services to the judiciary. (Deceased. This appointment took effect on 20 May 2013; Her Majesty’s approval having been signified before the date of decease.)

Mr John Stratton Davies, QSO, of Queenstown. For services to business and tourism.

Dr The Right Honourable Alexander Lockwood Smith, of London, United Kingdom. For services as a Member of Parliament and as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr Gordon Frederick Tietjens, CNZM, of Tauranga. For services to rugby.

Dame Ngāneko has been associated with many causes, mostly associated with the left such as anti-nuclear. I doubt anyone can say the Key Government is being partisan with this appointment.

Sir Robert’s appointment was already known, to her his sad untimely death.

Sir John Davies is a former Mayor of Queenstown and a major owner of tourism businesses such as Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Tourism Milford,  the Hermitage Hotel at Aoraki-Mt Cook. As Mayor he was instrumental in establishing the village green in Queenstown.

No surprise with the knighthood for Lockie. Congrats to Sir Lockwood and Lady Smith.

A popular knight I suspect with Sir Gordon Tietjens, or Sir Titch as he will probably be known. A legendary coach for the Sevens. They’ve won ten titles, one rugby world cup and four commonwealth gold medals under him.

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