2014 New Years Honours

December 31st, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The official list is here. The top gongs are:

DNZM

To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

Ms Trelise Pamela Cooper, MNZM, of Auckland. For services to fashion and the community.

Mrs Alison Mae Paterson, CNZM, QSO, of Auckland. For services to business.

KNZM

To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

Dr Noble Thomson Curtis, of Rotorua. For services to Māori education.

Archbishop David John Moxon, of Rome, Italy. For services to the Anglican Church.

Mr Robert John Parker, of Christchurch. For services to local body affairs and the community.

Mr Peter James Vela, ONZM, of Hamilton. For services to the thoroughbred industry.

Dame Trelise is well known. Dame Alison is not a household name but is a highly regarded businesswoman, profiled by the Listener here. Name Chairperson of the Year in 2011 by Management Magazine, she has been a Director of numerous companies.

Sir Toby has spent a lifetime in Maori education as a teacher, then teacher of teachers.

Sir David is basically the global Anglican “ambassador” to the Catholic Church.

Sir Bob needs no introduction.

Sir Peter is profiled here in 2008, with his brother. They have extensive fishing and racing interests.

Some other high profile are:

  • Karen Walker, CNZM
  • John Reid, CNZM
  • Eleanor Catton, MNZM
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36 Responses to “2014 New Years Honours”

  1. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    Posting again:

    I love the NBR presentation of the New Year Honours list; “This is a selective list of honours of interest to NBR readers.”

    i wonder if the arts and sports people who made the select list are there for their achievements, their contribution to the world or because of the business ramifications of what they were or are involved in.

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  2. Inky_the_Red (760 comments) says:

    Time to grow up and like the Aussies before us get rid of Knighthoods.

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  3. Harriet (4,984 comments) says:

    Inky, I live in Aus, and Australia could do with them as people just have enitials after their names[AO - Order of Australia]. It doesn’t really do them much justice for the work they have done. To be called Sir or Dame is another level completly.

    However having said that, NZ gives out far too many.

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  4. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    Inky,

    Clark abolished the Knighthoods when she became Prime Minister. John Key brought them back. Considering that even Clark’s closest colleague (one Sir Michael Cullen) is now sporting a knighthood, there’s very little gain in abolishing them once again.

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  5. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Inky … your mob got rid of the honorific and then when that decision was reversed it was fascinating to see Labour Party ‘luminaries’ appointed under the old system head the rush to exercise their right to become a Sir or a Dame.

    Yes, I know dumbing down to the lowest common denominator is part of the socialist lexicon, but it’s also boring and leads to a very sterile society full of Grey people.

    But then, socialism and grey goes with the territory.

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  6. RF (1,407 comments) says:

    What in the hell have the Tauranga Police done to deserve all the gongs that current & retired staff been awarded. Almost a clean sweep of the Police awards.

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  7. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Sir michael fay hhhhaaaa sir douglas graham hahahah sir don mckinnon HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  8. Reid (16,513 comments) says:

    I’m afraid when a dressmaker becomes a Dame simply because she’s a dressmaker and probably mostly because she dresses the PM’s wife, it simply underlines how pathetic and worthless this vanity parade really is.

    Agree with you on Fay, martin. Probably for the first time ever. But that guy should be in prison, not knighted. So should Hulun, BTW.

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  9. MH (762 comments) says:

    I’ve often wondered had Larbore cousied up to Maori big wigs called Kaumatua or Rangatira and got them to approve fellow NZers with similar Maori honourifics with cloaks and feathers, whether that would have appeased both republicans and neutral loyalists,protested just enough of course by the Greenies based on the damage to wildlife etc. And lower down the scale Mr Bla Bla Ponamu 2nd class,Mrs Jones Wahine Tiki 1st Class etc etc, and presentations of mere and patu for the Police and Armed Services.I’m more than happy with current tradition which of course is derided as being juvenile,whereas anything trad by Maori is deemed acceptable and to be preserved (as in heads retrieved form o/seas museums by the very sanctimonious tribes that tattoed and cooked them up originally,but I digress.Again).

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  10. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Reid, good point about dressing the PMs wife and her parnell friends

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    “For Services to Lace Design”

    Yep missed out this year, only one person recognised for this rather esoteric craft. Just not my time.

    BUT

    WTF is this? There are people out there who give up all their spare time to voluntarily help people and some one( she may be a lovely person but…..) gets a gong for this.

    I like the idea of a honours system but shit like this just makes its redundant

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Inky

    Did Cullen turn down his knighthood?

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  13. Reid (16,513 comments) says:

    I like the idea of a honours system but shit like this just makes its redundant

    You expect Liarbore to do it. When National does it too, it just cheapens the whole concept. Another example where Key had a chance to make a difference by drawing a palpable distinction between doing the right thing and the wrong thing, but throws it away – again.

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  14. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Martinh 10.29 … showing your ignorance old son. Sir Don McKinnon’s knighthood (KCVO) is not a NZL award. The KCVO is a personal award of the Queen, presumably for his stewardship as the Commonwealth Secretary-General where, as I understand it, he performed that role with distinction.

    But then who am I to rain on your parade.

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  15. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    This is how it goes in my life.

    I read the list to see if I know anyone or am related to anyone and while reading it I think to myself I agree or disagree with that.
    Then go about my day.

    The Honours List invokes such strong emotion in some – for and against. For me, it’s no big deal. It’s nice for the person and families who receive them.

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  16. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Trelise a dressmaker? Yes and one of our most successful and distinguished businesswomen.
    Interesting how the honours always bring out the jealous and the haters and the sneerers.

    Good for all of the recipients, every one has made a contribution to NZ. I was delightedto see Bob Parker honoured for his sterling leadership through the earthquakes.. But I bet that brings out the scoffers and do-nothings too.

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  17. Fletch (6,410 comments) says:

    I like the Knighthoods as well. It means something, rather than the Order Of Merit of NZ or whatever it is that’s akin to getting a prize from your mum.

    That said – Trelise Cooper? Really? I could understand one of those ‘By Appointment of Her Majesty’ seals of approval on her wares, but a knighthood?

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  18. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    I think the recipients are worthy of the honours. Trelise Cooper has been at the forefront of her industry for decades and been an inspiration to other female designers. The Vela brothers rescued the thoroughbred bloodstock industry from the point of collapse. The Nation needs such people and we should celebrate their achievements.

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  19. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    ross
    Im so glad you believe that the commonwealth is now such a success story ………………………………………….

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  20. doggone7 (808 comments) says:

    Fletch

    “…the Order Of Merit of NZ or whatever it is, that’s akin to getting a prize from your mum…”

    Which makes it less important and worthy than getting a prize from someone else’s mum?

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  21. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    martinh

    Doug Graham got his award I believe for government work. He did quite a bit of work around the settlement process whether you agree or not with the Treaty (please lets not get into a debate about that).

    It then becomes a political and not a factual debate about whether Doug Graham should keep his Knighthood. Usually people who take the position he shouldn’t, are usually those that don’t believe in titular honours. Knowing a wee bit about company law and directorships, the law is a little difficult.

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  22. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Joanne
    Well he did say he would never of invested in Lombard but he kept on saying to others too. Not really worthy of holding a title more worthy than the rest of us Mr and Mrs is it?

    I actually like people being called sir, dame. I just dont agree with some people who have that title.. i mean Graham Henry?? is he really something outstanding like Sir Peter Gluckman who saved a nation almost from cretinism?

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  23. chrisdiack (19 comments) says:

    The KB hanging jury is a bit too quick to condemn Trelise Cooper being made a Dame. It is well deserved.

    First, she has an inspirational back story. From very humble origins she proves that anyone can make it with enough determination. This matters especially when talking to young New Zealanders, which is what she spends some of her time doing. She is able to relate to and inspire them because of her own life story. So she meets one central criteron of getting a higher honour – she is a role model.

    Second, she is a very successful entrepreneur in the very difficult business. She has a rare mix of both creativity and business acumen.

    Third, she gives back. She is a very active Patron of the Auckland RSA. She plays a central role in the ARSA’s focus on the welfare of returned men and women, its ceremonial obligations and its fundraising. What is more the ARSA are also doing some good work in the youth at risk area which she takes an active interest in. She also provides a bridge between the ARSA and younger service men and women who can relate to her.

    She is quite a Dame.

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  24. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    Some people, especially ex politicans and sportspeople i think really lower the tone for others.
    Id never of given Sir Edmund Hilary a knighthood without the work he did for the Nepalese. Why should Graham Henry and other Russell Coutts be elevated to a level of a man who did that?
    They should of got lesser titles as having them as knights and many others of similar ilk such as Fay and Graham lower the status of it in my eyes.

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  25. Fletch (6,410 comments) says:

    Which makes it less important and worthy than getting a prize from someone else’s mum?

    There’s a difference in getting an award from your mum and one given by your school, which is recognized throughout the whole school. Just as there’s a difference in getting an award which is recognized world-wide and getting a merit badge from your scout troop down the road country.

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  26. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    Looking at the Christchurch paper the feedback from Bob Parker’s appointment has riled all the usual socialists.
    What a sad city of selfish me, me, me.
    No, John Key and Bob Parker were not the cause of the earthquakes, but I have never seen such vitriol since nature occurred.
    They should be bloody grateful for the $40,000,000,000 being poured into their city, much of it by other Taxpayers.

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  27. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Pauls

    Hear hear.

    Christchurch will be freeloading off our labours for years. And will whine and whine and whine.

    Just as well we will keep on working hard, paying our taxes and forking out.

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  28. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Only in Australia or NZ could you get a gong for owning racehorses. You gotta luv it!

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  29. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    @ Andronicus, are you being provocative or are you really that thick.
    The Vella Brothers have rearranged the failing Wrightson Bloodstock death spiral into the Karaka Sales and created wealth, growth and revenue that had all but been buried in incompetence and ignorance.

    Their efforts as successful operators in the fishing world are notable enough but to describe Sir Peter Vella as a racehorse owner is akin to calling the late Sir James Wattie a market gardener.

    Why can’t some celebrate success and use it to inspire.

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  30. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    “Eleanor Catton, MNZM”

    Oh God this stuck-up Canadian is going to pontificate to us even more now…

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  31. wikiriwhis business (4,019 comments) says:

    Can anyone tell me what Doggone 7 has received or been recognised for from the country?

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  32. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    LK: Ellie Catton is a Kiwi, born in Canada of Kiwi parents who were there working and studying.

    And as for others commenting on Cooper: She got the gong as much for her charitable work as for her “dressmaking” which just happens to support a global enterprise.

    And finally: Ed Hillary was knighted by the Queen for his conquest of Everest, and he then set about earning that knighthood.

    I wish people would actually read a bit and think a bit before posting thoughtless and ignorant bullshit.

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  33. MH (762 comments) says:

    i’m surprised there wasn’t a spare gong for another canuk – Judge Ian Binnie, or uncle “J”K.

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  34. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    What a pathetic spectacle it was, back in 2009 I believe, when Johnny Key “upgraded” our honours system to bring back the titular honours. The only 2 who did not join in the mad scramble to get their “upgrade” was, as I recall, Witi Ihimaera and Sam Neil. So much for Kiwis being a humble and understated people. Of course, those who did choose the “upgrade” all insisted that it was not for themselves that they were doing it, but for friends and supporters, and of course they would continue to be known as Bruce, and not Sir Bruce. It was also pitiful to hear Peter Gluckman, oops, I mean Sir Peter , claim the “upgrades” was necessary because they can get so much more recognition overseas, especially in the USA, where the Seppos fall all over themselves when in the presence of a Knight or a Dame. Truly pathetic. A bunch of Kiwi Pommy-wannabes struting about like right tits with their second rate imitation titular honours. Who’s kidding who? As if the Queenie gives a flying fig who any of these Kiwi non-entities are.

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  35. Johnboy (16,667 comments) says:

    Witi and Sam are socialists of course and neither could be seen to be supporting “Sirdoms” but are happy to be regarded as one of the proletariat, even though it is patently obvious they are not! :)

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  36. Duxton (654 comments) says:

    Agreed, Johnboy, especially about Sam Neil. He also makes shitty wine :-(

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