2013 QB honours

June 3rd, 2013 at 8:55 am by David Farrar

The full list is on the DPMC site.

ONZ

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.

DNZM

To be a Dame Companion of the said Order:

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

KNZM

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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24 Responses to “2013 QB honours”

  1. Michael (894 comments) says:

    What did Simon Lusk get? ;-)

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  2. Judith (7,442 comments) says:

    Well done and much deserved Sir Lockwood ! I think most will agree with that particular appointment. :-)

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  3. Nookin (3,030 comments) says:

    Wait for another tantrum from red russel.

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  4. mikemikemikemike (301 comments) says:

    What exactly did Lockwood or Gordon do outside of what was required as part of their jobs that warranted a knighthood? (a real question)….It’s like the give these things away as part of long service or something. If you compare them against the likes of someone like Hilary I would suggest they would be found wanting. Political knighthoods especially irk me….

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  5. mikenmild (10,595 comments) says:

    I think it is entirely appropriate to given honours to those who have served with distinction in politics, as it is for other fields. When you compare today’s recipients against Hillary, you may well find them wanting, which may be part of the reason Hillary was heaped with higher honors (Order of New Zealand, Knight of the Garter, etc).

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  6. mikemikemikemike (301 comments) says:

    mnm – good call. I would hate to see the titles watered down is all, as an example I’m really good at what I do and regularly recieve commendations from various quarters (CEO’s and the like) from around the world. But I certainly don’t expect to be receiving a knighthood for it if I keep this caper up for the next 20 years or so.

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  7. Colville (2,056 comments) says:

    mikemikemike…care to name another coach in a international sport that has come close to Sir Titch’s sucsess anywhere at any time in the world?

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  8. Manolo (13,297 comments) says:

    Tietjens fully deserves it. On the other hand, Lockwood….
    As they say: jobs (and now titles) for the boys.

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  9. mikemikemikemike (301 comments) says:

    Colville – I don’t deny the man’s credentials and his ability to get results. I am not saying he is not deserving of recognition for his services to his country. But lets say his results go through the floor for the next (say) 5 years, assuming he lasted that long his reputation would be shot and his status diminished and Newstalk would be filled with howls for his resignation. Then someone has the inenviable task of removing a Knight from his job.

    I think Knighthoods should be conferred once you have stopped giving service to your country, otherwise you risk tarnishing the ‘brand’ should someone (say) commit a crime and then have it stripped (not to mention the howls from people about preferential treatment if the sentence is deemed light etc)

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  10. mikenmild (10,595 comments) says:

    Same argument could be made for Sir John Kirwan. Suppose he eventually coaches the ABs and makes a hash of it? The most senior awards are probably best left for the end of a career. I’m not sure, but Tietjens had probably already been made an MNZM or ONZM. What do we give him if he just carries on and brings home a couple of Olympic golds as well?

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  11. mikenmild (10,595 comments) says:

    Just checked: Tietjens was already a CNZM, one step below a knighthood.

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  12. Colville (2,056 comments) says:

    So your saying that you can only get a gong once your dead or close to it? FFS

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  13. mikenmild (10,595 comments) says:

    No; there are quite a few tiers of recognition, but maybe a knighthood should come on retirement or close to, capping off a career.

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  14. Paulus (2,485 comments) says:

    Did I not hear that Shearer says they will review the continuance of the Honours List when in Government.
    Another Greens proposal.
    David – no votes in it so let it die, if the Greens will let you.
    One of Helen’s not so clever moves – like Privy Council, another unilateral move to show how in control she was.

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  15. spotswood (3 comments) says:

    one issue that really interests me with honours and Awards is, why when men are knighted, his wife is given the ….title “lady’ but what happens to the husband of a “Dame”?, what is he called!….reverse discrimination!!!!

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  16. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Spot on, Spotswood. And indeed what happens the first time someone in a gay marriage gets a gong. Two “Sirs?” A Sir and a Lady (but what if the one knighted is the more effeminate of the two?) Or will we need a new word?

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  17. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    colville
    mikemikemike…care to name another coach in a international sport that has come close to Sir Titch’s sucsess anywhere at any time in the world?

    Ferguson, A.Sir he wasn’t bad and his is the only truly international sport listed in this list.

    I am not denergrating the NZ Sevens side at all but its a 6 week tournament played by 10 teams

    Phil Jackson – NBA
    20 seasons coaching with the Chicago Bulls & LA Lakers
    20 years making the playoffs
    11 NBA titles .. plus 2 as a player

    Scott Bowman – NHL
    30 seasons with 5 different teams
    28 playoff appearances
    9 Stanley Cup Championships

    John Wooden – NCAA Basketball
    27 years as the UCLA head coach
    10 national championships including 7 in a row between 1964 to 1973 which includes an 88 game consecutive win streak

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  18. mara (719 comments) says:

    So, I see that the many nominations for my damehood got lost in the post again this year.

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  19. mikenmild (10,595 comments) says:

    orewa
    When a gay man is knighted, his ‘husband’ will be known as ‘Lad’ rather than Lady.

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  20. Longknives (4,384 comments) says:

    “Care to name another coach in a international sport that has come close to Sir Titch’s sucsess anywhere at any time in the world?”

    Sevens Rugby is not exactly a ‘World’ Sport now is it?

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  21. F E Smith (3,301 comments) says:

    its a 6 week tournament played by 10 teams

    Well, I am going to disagree with you, PEB.  It is a 9 round tournament played by at least 15 teams, with even more trying to get in.  And New Zealand has won 11 out of 14 tournaments. 

    If Graham Henry was knighted for winning one World Cup, then I think that Tietjens deserves one after winning 11 World Series, 4 consecutive Commonwealth Games Gold medals (with 15 or 16 teams per tournament), and 1 World Cup.

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  22. Longknives (4,384 comments) says:

    “If Graham Henry was knighted for winning one World Cup..”

    Craig Joubert should have been given the Knighthood after that laughably predetermined RWC final….

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  23. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,563 comments) says:

    I note there is a distinct lack of leftist pride over how Jonathan Hunt got his title. Probably the biggest mockery of our system ever. Forget those for Lockwood et al, Hunt should have never ever got his title.

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  24. doggone7 (671 comments) says:

    Maybe history puts the honours into context. Who was the last Speaker of the House to not be knighted? It is one of the perks of the job, so in the future we will have Sir David Carter. I am sure he is a fine, worthy fellow, but to be given a knighthood for achievements significantly unsubstantial to those of many others in our country will be a joke. Likewise Lockwood.

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