New Year Honours List 2021

The full list is here.

Two NZers have been made members of the Order of NZ which is restricted to 20 living members. These are meant to the greatest of the great – icons like Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Kenneth Keith, Sir Murray Halberg. The two new additions are:

Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Harold Durie, KNZM, of Feilding. For services to New Zealand.

Distinguished Professor Dame Mary Anne Salmond, DBE, of Auckland. For services to New Zealand.

I didn’t know that you can get an ONZ for writing regular columns for the Herald decrying John and neoliberalism but there you go.


To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

Professor Juliet Ann Gerrard, of Auckland. For services to science.

Professor Cynthia Alcyion Kiro, of Onerahi. For services to child wellbeing and education.


To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

The Right Honourable David Cunningham Carter, of Lyttelton. For services as a Member of Parliament and as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr David Joseph Dobbyn, ONZM, of Auckland. For services to music.

Mr Ian Lemuel Taylor, CNZM, of Dunedin. For services to broadcasting, business and the community.

Professor William Te Rangiua Temara, CNZM, of Hamilton. For services to Māori and education.

Nice to see Sir Dave Dobbyn. Also well deserved for Ian Taylor and Professor Gerrard.

Often interesting to see what gets cited the most in an list as a reason. A quick word count finds:

  • Community 39
  • Education 21
  • Health 15
  • Maori 11
  • Conservation 10
  • Business 10
  • 8
  • Pacific 8
  • Science 6
  • 4

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