The official list is here. The top gongs are:
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.
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 honours are:
- Karen Walker, CNZM
- John Reid, CNZM
- Eleanor Catton, MNZM