To be Dames Companion of the said Order:
Distinguished Professor Jane Elizabeth Harding, ONZM, of Auckland. For services to neonatology and perinatology.
Dr Karen Olive Poutasi, CNZM, of Paraparaumu. For services to education and the State.
Mrs Aroha Hohipera Reriti-Crofts, CBE, JP, of Christchurch. For services to Māori and the community.
To be Knights Companion of the said Order:
Professor Robert Bartlett Elliott, CNZM, of Auckland. For services to medical research.
Professor Derek Arana Te Ahi Lardelli, ONZM, of Gisborne. For services to Māori art.
So three professors, a public servant and a community worker.
Pleased to see Taika Waititi get an honour but surprised it is only an ONZM. He is a national and global superstar. He might not want a titular honour but I thought he’d be CNZM at least.
Of interest is in the entire list of a couple of hundred there is only one citation for services to business.