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MEMBERS (listed according to date of appointment)

The Hon Michael Duffy, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Michael Duffy, born 1938, served as a Member of the Parliament of Australia from 1980 to 1996, however, he has maintained close connections with New Zealand since his childhood.

He held a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister for Communications, Minister of Trade, and Minister of Trade Negotiations, and was also the Attorney-General of Australia.

As Minister of Trade Negotiations, he was instrumental in negotiating the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER) between Australia and New Zealand, which opened up the market for the free trade of goods and services between the two countries. The CER is now one of the most open economic and trade relationships of any two countries.

Sir Shridath Ramphal, ONZ, OE, GCMG, OM (Jamaica), AC, QC

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Sir Sonny Ramphal, born 1928, has made a significant contribution to international affairs for over 25 years. In spite of his high international standing, he remains loyal and dedicated to the issues of development in his Caribbean homeland and is affectionately known as ‘Sonny’ throughout the Caribbean and The Commonwealth.

He began his international career as the Attorney-General in British Guyana where he drafted Guyana’s independence constitution. He went on to have an extensive career in national politics. He was a Cabinet Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and in 1972, he became Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Justice. He was instrumental in shaping Guyana’s non-aligned foreign policy and strengthening relations between the Caribbean and other countries. He was also a key spokesman for the developing countries of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific in the negotiations with the European Community which resulted in the Lomé Convention of 1975. He has also been involved in major international organisations such as the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Sir Sonny Ramphal was the Secretary-General of The Commonwealth from 1975 to 1990 and at the end of his third term; he served as head of The World Conservation Union. He has also held additional international positions, including being Vice-President of the United National General Assembly in 1968 and 1973 and Chairman of the United National Committee on Development Planning from 1984 to 1987.

He has written several publications, including One World to Share: Selected Speeches of the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the pamphlet The Commonwealth in World Affairs: The New Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Surveys its Rule.

Dame Miriam Dell, ONZ, DBE (1980) [CBE 1975]

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1993

Dame Miriam Dell, born 1924, has been at the forefront of women’s issues in New Zealand and internationally for more than three decades, promoting women’s advancement and equal rights in society. Her focus has been on creating the capacity for and instigating the confidence in women to freely make their own choices, use their talents, and challenge themselves. Over the years, she has contributed significantly to the progress and representation of women within the law in New Zealand and has constantly encouraged women to participate constructively in decision making and social actions. She has had a full time commitment to voluntary community activities, public appointments, and addressing issues across a wide spectrum, and has served on a wide variety of government, community, welfare, and United Nations (UN) organisations.

Her commitment to women’s issues started with the Association of Anglican Women, where she was a Member of the Young Wife’s Group of the Anglican Mother’s Union. During this time, she joined the National Council of Women (NCW), through which she became very active, exerting her passion in campaigning for women’s rights.

She was a Founding Member and Past President of the Hutt Valley Branch of the NCW and a Member of the national body of NCW. After exhibiting a natural flair for leadership, she was elected National President of the NCW, a position she held from 1970 to 1974. She was later elected as President of the International Council of Women, the first New Zealander to achieve this distinction, and remained in office from 1979 to 1986. In her role, she travelled extensively to 64 member countries, gaining a global perspective on women’s issues, and was involved with the International Council of Women’s Third World Development Programme, which she remained in charge of until 1991. She also organised the International Council of Women 1988 Centennial Celebrations in Washington, D.C. in the United States of America.

Dame Miriam was the New Zealand Government Delegate to all three UN Conferences during the decade for women in the 1970s, enabling her to influence many UN agencies with her passion for and dedication to equity for women.

In 1971, she was the only woman involved with the Committee of Inquiry Into Equal Pay where she was instrumental in helping to establish notable legislative changes in New Zealand, such as equal consideration for jury service, equal citizenship rights, matrimonial property sharing, equitable marriage dissolution provision, and maternity and parental leave. She was also the only women on the National Development Council from 1969 to 1974. Whilst she was a Member of the Council, she established a subcommittee examining the role of women in national development, which later evolved into the Committee on Women, the forerunner to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. During her time as Chairperson of the committee (from 1974 to 1981), she instigated the women’s appointment file, enabling government agencies to choose from a selection of women, as well as men, when filling job vacancies in the public sector. In addition, she was the Co-ordinator for the landmark International Women’s Year in 1975, which subsequently led to an increase of respect towards women in local communities, as well as enhancing the overall reputation of women worldwide.

Dame Miriam was Chairperson of the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year Trust and also served on the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, including the National Committee for UNESCO. She has also been involved with the Social Security Appeal Authority, International Year of the Child, and the Advisory Committee on Women and Education. In addition, she was involved in the Inter-Church Council of Public Affairs from 1981 to 1986, was a Member of the Marriage Guidance Council of New Zealand National Executive from 1971 to 1976, the Pan-Pacific and South Asia Women’s Association, and the New Zealand Federation of University Women.

Dame Miriam has written many articles and papers for journals, seminars, select committees, and Royal Commission submissions, including the The Role of Women in National Development in 1974, and in 1976, she was awarded the Adele Ristori Prize.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, ONZ, DBE (1982) [OBE 1973], AC

Appointed to the Order on 17 June 1995

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, born 1944, is one of the world’s leading opera soprano singers and celebrated contemporary figures and nearly 30 years after she made her debut, she has continued to enthral and entertain audiences around the world. Whilst she has had a heavy international career, she has maintained a close association with New Zealand and New Zealand cultural organisations and promoted her homeland at an international level.

She began her career in New Zealand as a popular entertainer at local clubs and cabarets and was involved in stage musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun. One of her first recordings, Nun’s Chorus from Stauss’ operetta Casanova, was New Zealand ’s first gold record. In 1965, she won the Mobil Song Quest with her performance of Puccini’s Vissi d’arte from Tosca and in the same year went on to win the Melbourne Sun Aria.

Shortly after being awarded a scholarship to study at the London Opera Centre, she became Junior Principal at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She came to international attention when she made her debut as Xenia in Boris Godunov and when she played the Countess in La Nozze di Figaro.

She has also performed in many well-known roles in many popular operas such as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Rosalind in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata, Tosca in Tosca, Mimi in La Bohème, including Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Gionvanni, a role which she also played in the film adaptation of the opera in 1979. Her other early performances were in Dido and Aeneas, Giacchino Rossini’s La Donna del Lage and Die Zauberflöte.

She has performed all over the world; in addition to her debut in the United States at the Santa Fe Opera Summer Festival in New Mexico, she has sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Paris Opera, and The Vienna State Opera. She has also performed at prestigious locations in Milan, Australia, San Francisco, Munich, and Cologne.

Alongside starring in operas, she has also earned fame as a recitalist, and many of her programmes have included Maori folk songs. She also sung Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and performed at The Royal Albert Hall to celebrate her 50th birthday.

She has some 20 plus popular recordings to her name such as Ave Maria in 1984, Kiri Sings Gershwin in 1987, Kiri Sings Porter in 1994, and Verdi and Puccini Arias in 1982.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has received many international distinctions. In 1983, she was made an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College and Oxford and Wolfson College in Cambridge. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Oxford University and from seven universities in Britain, plus the University of Chicago, the University of Auckland, and the University of Waikato. She was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 1989.


Sir Miles Warren, ONZ, KBE (1984) [CBE 1975]

Appointed to the Order on 17 June 1995

Sir Miles Warren, born 1929, is regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading architects and has been at the forefront of the industry for more than 40 years. He has been instrumental in the creation of many impressive and original private and public buildings throughout New Zealand and overseas. Over the years, he has focused on integrating the disciplines of design by creating enduring and sustainable infrastructure and environments in New Zealand. He has also made a significant investment in developing specialist knowledge in ecologically sustainable building design, which has helped to provide practical guidance in large scale public and private buildings.

In 1958, he established Warren and Mahoney Architects, who have developed into one of New Zealand’s leading architectural firms and are notable for their original designs and their contribution to New Zealand modernism. The company now have offices in four of New Zealand ’s major cities and have won the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Gold Award on five occasions between 1959 and 1981, more than any other local practice.

Although Sir Miles has been instrumental in countless notable constructions in New Zealand, there are several buildings which are considered the highlight of New Zealand architecture. In 1958, he created the Dental Nurses Training School, which won him national recognition as well as a NZIA Gold Award. In 1973, he designed the Christchurch Town Hall, also awarded an NZIA Gold award, which is considered as one of his key architectural designs of the decade, thus creating a national reputation for him and his firm. It is also said that, together with the culmination of a national architectural renaissance, the Town Hall’s design changed the way Christchurch is perceived in New Zealand. The other buildings which have won NZIA Gold awards are College House in Christchurch, which has an enduring appeal due to its open space and carefully crafted buildings, and the Harewood Crematorium. He was also instrumental in the creation of Ohinetahi Gardens in Canterbury, which is ranked as one of New Zealand’s best formal gardens.

He has won NZIA Regional and National awards for nearly everything he has designed. In addition to his significant achievements, he has created many other prominent national buildings, including Canterbury Public Library, the Civic Offices of the Rotorua District Council, the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, Telecom House in Christchurch, the Christchurch School of Medicine, the Christchurch Convention Centre, and St. Patrick’s Church in Napier.

In addition, Sir Miles has designed the New Zealand Chancery in Washington, D.C. in the United States of America, which won an NZIA Gold Award in 1981 and the Annual Brick Award for the Eastern States of the United States of America for its brickwork.

Sir Miles is a Past President of the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, was a Member of the Council of the Institute, and Chairman of the Education and Registration Authority. He is an active Member of a number of other professional and artistic organisations, including the Canterbury Society of Arts and the Theatre Royal Christchurch Charitable Management Committee.

He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1965, awarded the NZIA Award of Honour in 1987, and established the F M Warren Scholarship in Art History at the University of Canterbury in 1994.


The Right Honourable James Bolger, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 1997

Jim Bolger, born 1935, was the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1990 to 1997 and has had a noteworthy career in politics for over 20 years. He led the New Zealand National Party for 12 years and achieved the biggest electoral victory in New Zealand history in the election of 1990. He was also the first Prime Minister elected under the MMP electoral system.

He began his parliamentary career when he was elected as a Member of Parliament for the King Country in 1972 and went on to hold many ministerial portfolios over the next 15 years. He was Minister of Labour, Minister of Immigration, Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, and Minister of Maori Affairs. He was also New Zealand’s first Minister of Fisheries and Associate Minister of Agriculture when he was engaged in international negotiations associated with New Zealand’s move to declare a 200 mile exclusive economic zone. He was also instrumental in introducing significant legislative changes, such as permitting weekend shopping and voluntary unionism.

In 1983, he was selected as President of the International Labour Organisation and elected Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1990.

Under his leadership, the country went through some notable changes. The economy evolved into having one of the OECD’s strongest growth rates, after previously having one of the lowest, and is now recognised as among the most open and competitive economies in the world. His administration also developed outward-looking foreign policy which strengthened New Zealand’s relationships with other countries, especially those in the Asia/Pacific region.

Jim Bolger took a leading role in the international debate on nuclear disarmament, particularly in the Pacific region. He chaired the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in New Zealand in 1995 and represented New Zealand at all of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Leaders Summits since 1993.

In 1994, Jim Bolger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Agriculture Economics from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.


Mr Ken Douglas, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 1998

Ken Douglas, born 1935, is a leading trade unionist and has been committed to and concerned with the working conditions in New Zealand for over 30 years. He has not only made a significant contribution to the trade union movement in New Zealand, but is also respected within the movement worldwide.

He began his successful career in 1959, when he was elected as the President of the Wellington Drivers’ Union. He then went on to be the elected Secretary of the Wellington District Council of the New Zealand Federation of Labour and consequently became the Secretary of the national body. In addition, he was the Foundation President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and gave 12 years of service to the organisation. He was re-elected as President twice and represented the CTU on the Taskforce for Employment.

He also represented the New Zealand trade union movement in a number of international union bodies. He was President of the Asia-Pacific Regional Organisation of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and was on the executive board of ICFTU. He was President of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights and served as a substitute Worker Representative on the International Labour Organisation governing body. He has also been an Advisor to government delegations at World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conferences in Singapore and Seattle.

Other organisations that he has been involved with include the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Council, the board of TRADENZ, the Todd Foundation, and the board of the Asia 2000 Foundation.

Ken Douglas has been a Member of the Council of The Institute of Policy Studies, the Industrial Relations Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Institute of Strategic Studies. He has also sat on various committees and boards dealing with technology, training, and employment issues, and was recently elected to the Porirua City Council.

He has been involved in many sporting organisations over the years. He has been a Member of the Titahi Golf Club for 30 years and is currently President and is a Member of the Porirua Softball Club. He has been involved with the Titahi Bay Rugby Club (now Northern United) since the 1960s as a player, coach, and as an active member of the Management Committee, helping the club to merge with Porirua Rugby Club to form Northern United Rugby Football Club.


Dr Cliff Whiting, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 1998

Cliff Whiting, born 1936, is one of New Zealand ’s influential contemporary Maori artists. He is highly esteemed in the field of Maori carving, having led carving and other traditional Maori art into the 20 th century and forged new cultural directions for Maori art. This is demonstrated by his renowned and innovative use of bold colour and his unique treatment of form and shape. He is also known for promoting the importance of the role of marae in the maintenance of Maori arts and culture.

He has exhibited regularly in many New Zealand public art galleries, and his large-scale works are displayed in many prominent locations, such as the Christchurch High Court, the National Archives, and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa). He has also been commissioned to produce art for the National Library of New Zealand, The Otago Museum, and Television New Zealand. His most recent work has been the completion of the Wharenui Tahu Potiki at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff.

Cliff Whiting is notable for his creation of the marae, Te Marae, at Te Papa, which embraces the concept of mana taonga and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. His use of customboard revolutionised the pattern which traditional meeting houses are based upon, thus challenging the misconceptions that Maori carving and contemporary art cannot be successfully fused together. He also developed this original style of meeting house at Maru Kaitatea at Takahanga Marae in Kaikoura.

He has also contributed significantly to the development of art education. For 15 years, he was an Art Advisor for the Department of Education and was involved in the introduction of Maori art in schools. Also, whilst he was a lecturer in Maori art at Palmerston North Teacher’s College, he introduced student marae visits; a concept which was not practiced at the time. Cliff Whiting was also one of the first Maori artists to illustrate for school publications such as Te Wharekura and Tautoko.

In 1995, he was made Kaihautu of Te Papa, a role in which he has explored Te Papa’s bicultural processes based on the Treaty of Waitangi, working closely with Te Papa staff and including local iwi in decision making.

His other public service roles include being a Founding Member and former Chairman of the Council for Maori and South Pacific Arts (now known as Te Waka Toi) and a Member and Deputy Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council. He was also a Member of the Maori Advisory Board for the Historic Places Trust of New Zealand for over 15 years where he initiated conservation work on marae around New Zealand.

Dr Whiting received the Allan Highet Award in 1986 and has been awarded membership to Te Ara Whakerei, which acknowledges consistent excellence in the arts.


The Right Honourable Michael Moore, ONZ, AO

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 1999

Mike Moore, born 1949, has had a successful career in New Zealand politics for over 25 years. He was the youngest person to be elected to parliament at the age of 23 as the Member of Parliament for Mount Eden, a position he held till 1975. He then went on to represent the Waimakiriri electorate (formally Papanui and Christchurch North) from 1978. He resigned as a Member of Parliament in 1999 to take up the role of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

In the course of his long parliamentary career, he held a number of ministerial portfolios, including Deputy Minister of Finance, Minister of External Relations and Trade, Minister Responsible for the America’s Cup, Minister of Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister Responsible for Publicity, and he was Minister of Overseas Trade and Marketing, a role in which he was involved with the GATT Trade Round Negotiations. He also led a number of trade missions to Australia, China, Japan, the Middle East, Latin America, and a number of European countries.

Mike Moore was the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1990 to 1993 and enjoyed a short term as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 4 September to 2 November 1990, and in the same year, he was appointed a Member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

Before his parliamentary career he was an active trade unionist. He became a Member of the Auckland Trades Council when he was 17 years old and was also the first youth representative on the New Zealand Labour Party Executive.

Mike Moore is a prolific author and has written a number of books ranging from politics to the Pacific. His many titles include Added Value Economy, Beyond Tomorrow, Brief History of the Future, Bush Fire Justice, Children of the Poor, Hard Labour, Labour of Love,New Zealand: a Nation That Can Work Again and On Balance: a Labour Look at Regional, Community and Town Development.

He has received many foreign distinctions and Honorary Doctorates. In addition to Honorary Doctorates in Commerce from Lincoln University, the Auckland University of Technology, and the University of Canterbury, he has an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from the People’s University of China and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from La Trobe University in Australia.


His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Stafford Williams, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 5 June 2000

Cardinal Williams, born 1930, has led the Catholic Church in New Zealand since 1979 and is often considered as the voice of the New Zealand Catholic community. He has played a significant role within the Christian community in New Zealand. Over the years, he has been at the forefront of a wide range of church and community activities and debates and taken a keen interest in social justice and welfare issues. He has also acquired an international reputation on Pacific Island Affairs and has displayed a pastoral wellbeing to the Pacific Island people in the South Pacific and those who have come to New Zealand to live. He is also actively involved in human rights and the development of assistance to Third World countries, particularly in the Pacific and Asia, and is well-known for his promotion of the churches’ teachings on social justice, human rights, and international development.

He was ordained a Priest in Rome in 1959 after completing seminary studies at the Holy Cross Seminary in Mosgiel and the Pontifical College de Propaganda Fide in Rome. He has held appointments at the University College in Dublin, St Patrick’s in Palmerston North, in Leulumoega in Samoa, at the Holy Family Parish in Porirua, and was the Director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre in Wellington.

He was ordained Archbishop of the Wellington Archdiocese in 1979. It was in this role that he developed a close working relationship with the Maori people, not only within the church, but around the country. He was instrumental in the formation of the National Maori Catholic Organisation, Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika, which led to the appointment of the first Maori Catholic Bishop, and helped establish a programme to emphasise the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in the church in New Zealand. It is during this time he also fostered and encouraged a climate for understanding and learning about Maori cultural and spiritual values, and is consequently highly regarded in the Maori community.

Cardinal Williams was President of the New Zealand Bishops Conference, Founding President of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania, and was a Member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples in Rome. In 1995, he was appointed Bishop of the New Zealand Military, and in 1983, he was created a Cardinal in Rome at the age of 52, one of the youngest Cardinals within the Church.

Over the years, he has been involved in the work of the Homes of Compassion in Wellington and supported the practice of ethically sound medicine through establishing the first National Catholic Bioethics Centre.

In addition, he was largely responsible for the work of the Bishops’ Commissions for Justice, Peace and Development, where he worked tirelessly to encourage Catholic people to financially support overseas relief and development projects. Cardinal Williams was also instrumental in the establishment of the Federation of Catholic Bishops, bringing Bishops of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands into one union.


The Honourable Dame Catherine Anne Tizard, ONZ, GCMG (1990), GCVO (1995), DBE (1984), QSO (1996), DStJ (1990)

Appointed to the Order on 3 June 2002
to Mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Dame Catherine Tizard, born 1931, has made a valuable contribution to community and public life in New Zealand. She has been active in a wide variety of community, welfare, and cultural organisations for more than two decades and is a strong supporter of educational issues and women’s causes.

Before her appointment as Governor-General in 1990, Dame Catherine enjoyed a career in local government which spanned 20 years. She was an Auckland City Councillor for all of this time and was the first women to be elected as Mayor of Auckland in 1983. During her time in office, the city evolved into an international venue for sports and the arts, in addition to further developing its position as a major commercial hub. She was the driving force behind many city visions, such as The Aotea Centre and the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

She was also involved with a myriad of local organisations, including the Auckland Marriage Guidance Bureau, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, the East Secondary Schools’ Board of Governors, the Auckland Teachers’ College Board, and was Chairperson of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

In 1990, Dame Catherine became the first women Governor-General of New Zealand and remained in office till 1996. While she was Governor-General, she exhibited a commitment to the values of justice, equality, and service, which set the path for other Governor-Generals to follow. She also opened up Government House to many groups of citizens who were made welcome to the house, thus creating a sense that it was the nation’s home as well as hers.

Over the years, she has been the Patron of a wide range of charities and innumerable community organisations. She has been notable for contributing well beyond the expected duties and has taken a passionate and practical interest in helping women who have been disadvantaged in moving forward.

Dame Catherine has received many distinctions, including the Freedom of the City of London and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Auckland.


The Right Honourable Jonathan Lucas Hunt, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2004

Jonathan Hunt, born 1938, served as a Member of Parliament for New Lynn from 1966 to 1996 and as a List Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2005. He is affectionately known as ‘Father of the House’, having had an illustrious career in politics spanning nearly 40 years and being the longest-serving Member of Parliament.

In the beginning, he held many positions in Parliament, such as Junior Government Whip, Negotiator for the Labour Party Coalition Negotiating Team, and was also a Member and the Chairman of many parliamentary committees. He held a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Broadcasting, Minister of Communications, Minister of Housing, Minister of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Minister of State, Minister of Tourism, and Postmaster General and was the instigator of the Adult Adoption Information Act (1985).

He served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990, and in 1999, was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and re-elected in 2002. He is the Chairperson of the Officers of Parliament Committee and the Standing Orders Committee and has been a Member of the Parliamentary Service Commission since its inception in 1985.

Jonathan Hunt is a permanent Member of the New Zealand Inter-Parliamentary Group and Chairman of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust. Previously, he was President of the Princess Street Branch of the New Zealand Labour Party, an Executive Member of the Auckland Labour Representation Committee of the New Zealand Labour Party, and Vice President of the Auckland Regional Advisory Council of the New Zealand Labour Party.

In 1989, he was appointed a Member of the Privy Council.


Emeritus Professor Lloyd Geering, ONZ, GNZM (2001), CBE (1988)

Appointed to the Order on 30 December 2006

Professor Lloyd Geering, born 1918, is one New Zealand’s most eminent theologians. He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister of the Kurow Presbyterian Parish in 1943 and served in the Opoho and St James Parishes until 1956. He was the Honorary Associate Minister of St John’s Church in Wellington from 1971 to 1983, when he resigned from the church to take up a series of academic appointments, and has been the Honorary Assistant at St Andrew’s in Wellington since 1989.

He was Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Emmanuel College in Brisbane from 1956 to 1960, Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Theological Hall of Knox College from 1960 to 1971, and was the Foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington from 1971 to 1984. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at Victoria University of Wellington in 1984 and became a Lecturer at the St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society in 1983.

Professor Geering has become widely known as a columnist, writer, radio broadcaster, and television commentator. In 1966, he published the article The Resurrection of Jesus and in 1967, the article The Immortality of the Soul, which together sparked a two-year public controversy that culminated in a charge of heresy. He was tried for doctrinal error and disturbing the peace of the church at the Presbyterian Assembly in 1967, however the charges were later dismissed.

He has written several books, including God in a New World, Resurrection: a Symbol of Hope, Faith’s New Age, The World of Relation, In the World Today, Tomorrow’s God, The World to Come, Christian Faith at the Crossroads, Christianity Without God and Wrestling With God.


Sir Brian James Lochore, ONZ, KNZM (1999), OBE (1970)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 2007
to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Institution of the Order

Sir Brian Lochore, born 1930, has made a significant contribution to the sport of rugby as a player, coach, and administrator at both a national and international level. He made his All Black debut in 1963 and went on to play 25 tests for New Zealand; 18 as Captain, with just three losses, and scored 21 points.

He became Coach of the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Team in 1980, was appointed an All Black Selector in 1983, and was the All Black Coach from 1985 to 1987. As Coach, he led the team to win the inaugural World Cup in 1987.

He has also held a variety of overseas and New Zealand coaching assignments, including coaching the Overseas Unions at the International Rugby Board Centenary in 1986. He was appointed the All Black Campaign Manager for the 1995 World Cup, assisted with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union’s player negotiations following the establishment of the game as professional, and led the Committee to improve the National Provincial Championship Competition.

He was Chairman of the New Zealand Sports Foundation’s High Performance Committee from 1998 to 1999. He was appointed a Trustee of the Halberg Trust in 1992 and was a Member of the Hillary Commission and was appointed Chairman in 1999. He has also been involved in other sports. He was a Wairarapa Tennis Representative and competitor at the annual New Zealand Masters Games and was also a National Selector for netball.

He was awarded the SPARC Leadership Award in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to New Zealand sport, not only as a player, but also for his roles in coaching and sports administration.

Sir Brian has also been active in many farming organisations, including the Meat and Wool Boards Electoral Committee, the Manawatu-Wairarapa Stud Breeders Association, and the New Zealand Romney Association. He was Chairman of the Wairarapa College Board of Trustees, Commissioner of Kuranui College, and Member of the Wairarapa Sports Foundation and the Tararua Foundation.


Professor Christian Karlson Stead, ONZ, CBE (1985)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 2007
to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Institution of the Order

Professor Stead is regarded as one of New Zealand's leading poets, novelists and critics.

Professor Stead has been involved in New Zealand Literature as a poet, novelist, critic and academic for over 55 years. He was an Professor of English at the University of Auckland for 20 years before taking early retirement to write full time, at which time he was appointed Professor Emeritus. In the Glass Case: Essays on New Zealand Literature demonstrates his easy-to-understand literary criticism and his short story A Fitting Tribute has been reprinted and translated in half a dozen countries.

He has won several awards for his work at the New Zealand Book Awards, Qeusada won the poetry section in 1976, All Visitors Ashore won the fiction section in 1985, The Singing Whakapapa won the fiction section in 1995 and Talking About O’Dwyer was runner up in the fiction category at the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. His most recent literary work, Mansfield, was a finalist for the 2005 Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize, was a commended title of the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the South East Asia and South Pacific Region and was shortlisted at the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards along with his latest poetry collection The Red Tram. He has written over 12 books of poetry including Voices, which was commissioned for the 1990 sesquicentennial celebrations and his novel Smiths Dream was adapted into the film Sleeping Dogs in 1977.

Professor Stead won the Mansfield Fellowship in 1972, was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature in 1995 and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at St John’s College in Oxford in 1996 and 1997. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Bristol in 2001, won the Kings Lynn Poetry prize in 2002 and won the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers Fellowship in 2005.

Professor Stead was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1985.

The Right Honourable Sir Kenneth James Keith, ONZ, KBE (1988)

Appointed to the Order on 4 June 2007

Sir Kenneth Keith has had extensive experience in the area of international law and is considered New Zealand’s pre-eminent international law expert. He was a faculty member of Victoria University of Wellington, Dean of the Law Faculty from 1977 to 1981 and is now a Professor Emeritus. He was also the Visiting Professor at Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto from 1981 to 1982 and a member of the Office of Legal Affairs (Codification Division) of the United Nations from 1968 to 1970.

He was a member of the New Zealand legal team in the Nuclear Test cases before the International Court of Justice in 1973, 1974, and 1995, and was leader of the New Zealand delegation to the Diplomatic Conference which prepared the additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions in 1977. He was a member of the Settlement of Investment Disputes in 1994, member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission under the first additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention for the Protection of War Crimes from 1991 to 2006, and was also president from 2002 to 2006.

Sir Kenneth was appointed a Judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal in 1996 and of the newly established Supreme Court of New Zealand from 2005 to 2006. He was also a Judge of Appeal in Samoa, the Cook Islands, and Niue, Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji, and a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from 1998 to 2003. He was appointed to the International Court of Justice in 2006 for a nine year term, and is the first New Zealander appointed to the Court.

He has published widely on legal matters and contributed extensively to work on national law reform across a number of areas. He was a member of the Board of Editors of the Public Law Review (Melbourne), the New Zealand Law Review, the Journal of Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law. He was a member of a number of professional organisations, including the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, the New Zealand Red Cross, the New Zealand Committee on the Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law, the Royal Commission on the Electoral System, and the Law Commission. He was also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Society of Legal Scholars (England), and others.

He was appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 1998.


The Right Honourable Sir Donald Charles McKinnon, ONZ, GCVO (2009)

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2007

Mr McKinnon was a Member of Parliament from 1978 to 2000. In the course of his long parliamentary career, he was the longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1990 to 1999 and held the portfolios of Disarmament and Arms Control, Veteran’s Affairs, War Pensions, and Pacific Island Affairs. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House. He was appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council in 1992.

As Foreign Minister, Mr McKinnon developed close Commonwealth links, served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the Harare Declaration and Chaired the Small States Meeting at the Auckland Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1995 and was appointed to the five-member Commonwealth Ministerial Mission on Small States in 1998. He initiated a number of actions as Foreign Minister, including the campaign for a seat on the Security Council, the deployment of New Zealand peacekeepers in a number of countries and development of the Asia 2000 programme. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in initiating and overseeing the ceasefire between Bougainvilleans and the Papua New Guinea Government in 1997.

He was Commonwealth Secretary-General from 2000 to 2007 and served two terms. Mr McKinnon’s achievements as Secretary-General include modernising the organisational structure of the Secretariat, building strategic partners with other international organisations, promoting youth programmes, particularly in relation to HIV/AIDS, defending the rights of small states and promoting the establishment of a fair, rules-based multilateral trading system, ensuring that the interests of developing countries are reflected in international trade talks.


Sir Murray Gordon Halberg, ONZ, [KtBach 1988], MBE (1961)

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 2008

Sir Murray Halberg has been dedicated to athletics and charity work for over 50 years. His athletic feats, which spanned more than a decade, began in the 1950s and since retiring from sport, he has been involved in the community in a charitable capacity. He established the Halberg Trust, formerly known as the Murray Halberg Trust for Crippled Children, in 1963. The vision of the trust is to ensure that all New Zealanders “are given an equal opportunity to be involved in sport and recreation”. The trust also took over the management of the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year Award, which was later renamed the “Halberg Awards”. He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a world class miler, but his greatest success was winning the Gold Medal for the 5,000 metres at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960. Earlier in his athletic career he won the New Zealand mile championship and set national records four times in the 1950s. He also won a number of international competitions, including the Benjamin Franklin Mile in Philadelphia in 1954. He won the New Zealand 3-mile championship five times between 1958 and 1962. He also competed at the Vancouver Empire Games in 1954, the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, and at the Cardiff Commonwealth Games in 1958, where he won the gold medal for the three miles. Murray Halberg was New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in 1958 and was made a member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 and knighted for services to sport and crippled children in 1988.

The Right Honourable Helen Elizabeth Clark, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2009

Ms Clark was the longest serving leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and became Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first female Prime Minister to win office at an election and the fifth longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand. She was the second woman elected to represent an Auckland electorate when she became Member of Parliament for Mt Albert in 1981, a position she held for 28 years.

Ms Clark was a member of the New Zealand Labour Party for many years and held positions at every level of the party. She served as a member of the Party’s New Zealand Executive for ten years. She was President of the Labour Youth Council, an executive member of the party’s Auckland Regional Council, a member of the Policy Council, and secretary of the Labour Women’s Council.

She was Minister of Housing, Conservation and Health in the Fourth Labour Government and served as Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990. She was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition spokesperson for Health and Labour in 1992, and became Leader of the Opposition in 1993.

During her time as Prime Minister, she was active in policy development across economic, social, environment, cultural and international portfolios. As well as being Prime Minister, she was Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. She represented New Zealand internationally on many occasions.


Sir Robert James Charles, ONZ, KNZM (1999), CBE (1992) [OBE 1971]

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2010

Since becoming a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999, Sir Bob Charles has continued to play international golf, support and mentor young players, and donate one percent of his income to New Zealand golf through the Sir Bob Charles Scholarships, awarded annually to promising young golfers.

He has won more than 60 international titles and was the first left-handed golfer to win a major tournament, the 1963 British Open. He had five Professional Golfer's Association Tour wins, eight European Tour titles and 17 other international victories including four New Zealand Open wins and three New Zealand Professional Golfer's Association championship wins. He has been a successful senior golfer, winning two Senior British Open championships, 23 Champions Tour titles and 10 additional senior tournaments. In 2007, at age 71, he became the oldest golfer ever to make the cut on a European Tour event at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open, finishing 23rd. In 2008 he became the first New Zealander and the first left-hander to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is a role model for left-handed golfers worldwide and has written an instructional book entitled ‘The Bob Charles Left-Hander's Golf Book’. Sir Bob Charles plays in many charitable events within New Zealand and has played several times in the Gary Player Invitational, a golf tournament that raises money for various children’s organisations.

Order of the British Empire for services to golf 1971
Commander of the British Empire for services to golf 1992
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to golf 1999

BAZLEY, Dame Margaret Clara, ONZ, DNZM (1999)

Appointed to the Order on 4 June 2012
to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Dame Margaret Bazley has held senior leadership roles in the health and state sector for more than 50 years, most recently as Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission from 1999 to 2011.

She was Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the State Services Commission in the 1980s, where she was involved in the formation of State Owned Enterprises and the development of the State Sector Act. She was Secretary for Transport from 1988 to 1993. She was Director-General of the Department of Social Welfare. She was Chair of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission from 1999 to 2011. She was Chair of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology from 2001 to 2007. She was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal from 2001 to 2011. She was Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct, a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, and Chair of the Review of the Legal Aid System. Most recently, Dame Margaret has been Chair of Environment Canterbury and Registrar of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament.

Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award 2011
Massey University Honorary Doctorate of Literature 2008
Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as Chief Executive of the Department of Social Welfare 1999

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip DUKE OF EDINBURGH, KG, KT, OM, ONZ, GBE, AC, QSO, PC

Appointed to the Order on 4 June 2012
to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army, Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

His time supporting The Queen as royal consort exceeds that of any other consort in British history. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, which was founded in 1956 and established in New Zealand in 1963, continues to be a popular way to encourage and motivate young New Zealanders over the age of 14 to become involved in a programme of voluntary self-development activities. He is patron of over 800 organisations, including the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and is a life member of the Aviation Industry Association of New Zealand. He is an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Engineers, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Veteran’s Association of New Zealand, and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.  His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has accompanied The Queen on her visits to New Zealand, the first being in 1953, and the last in 2002.

JACKSON, Sir Peter Robert, ONZ, KNZM (2010)

Appointed to the Order on 4 June 2012
to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Sir Peter Jackson is one of New Zealand’s best-known film-makers, and has made a leading contribution to the development of the New Zealand film industry. His work has not only brought him international fame, but has also widely promoted New Zealand as a significant location for film-making, and as a tourist destination. Sir Peter has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to New Zealand causes.

'The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, directed by Sir Peter, firmly established New Zealand on the international cinema stage, with ‘The Return of the King’ sharing the record for the most Academy Awards won by a single film, with 11 awards, including Best Director. He continues to foster the film industry locally through his production facility, Park Road Post. The facility is available for New Zealand film-makers and helps to ensure national films adhere to a high international standard, and by encouraging such ventures as the 48 Hour Film Festival. He has been involved in producing internationally acclaimed movies including ‘District 9’ in 2009, and ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ in 2010. He is one of the founders of the world-famous Wellington-based special effects company Weta Workshop and its digital division, Weta Digital, which has won five Academy Awards for 'The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘King Kong’ and ‘Avatar’. He is currently working on a two-film production of ‘The Hobbit’, a prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Sir Peter has also contributed to a number of charitable causes including Epilepsy Research, the GiveLife organ donation awareness charity, chairing the 14-18 Aviation Heritage Trust and purchasing the site of BATS Theatre inWellington, securing its future.

Arts Foundation Icon Award 2011
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2010
Member of the Academy of Achievement 2006

MAJOR, Dame Malvina Lorraine, ONZ, GNZM (2008), DBE (1991)

Appointed to the Order on 4 June 2012
to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Dame Malvina Major is one of New Zealand’s great opera divas. She has had an outstanding international career as a singer, but is also renowned as a teacher of voice and for her encouragement of the next generation of artists through the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

Her international career spans 28 major operatic roles, an extensive oratorio and concert repertoire and a significant discography of commercial recordings. She has held teaching positions as a Professor of Voice at the University of Canterbury and is currently a Senior Fellow in Music at the University of Waikato. The Dame Malvina Major Foundation was first formed in 1992 and continues to support the training of young New Zealand artists. The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artists Programme was established in conjunction with New Zealand Opera and PricewaterhouseCoopers, along with an understudy programme with Canterbury Opera. In recent years the Foundation has been established in Holland and the United States of America to train New Zealanders abroad as well as Dutch and American artists. She completed a ‘Heartland Tour’ entitled ‘My Life in Song’, touring the North Island in 2009 and the South Island in 2010 as well as opera concerts with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She performed at the national Christchurch earthquake memorial service in March 2011. Dame Malvina Major continues to perform regularly, most recently at the Waikato Times Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival with a current student Amina Edris in February 2012. She has maintained her connections with international institutions in the US, England and Europe and is pursuing new contacts in Asia.

PCNZM 2008, updated to Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2009
DBE 1991
OBE 1990

WENDT, Emeritus Professor Albert, ONZ, CNZM (2001)

Appointed to the Order on 3 June 2013

Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt is a novelist, poet, short story writer, playwright and painter. Since the 1970s he has been an influential figure in the development of New Zealand and Pacific literature and is regarded internationally as one of the world’s leading indigenous novelists and academics.

Emeritus Professor Wendt was Professor of New Zealand and Pacific Literature at the University of Auckland from 1988 to 2006, and held the Citizen’s Chair at the University of Hawaii from 2004 to 2008. At the University of Auckland he was Chair of the Centre for Pacific Studies Advisory Committee and was involved in the building of the Fale Pasefika Complex. He is currently Emeritus Professor of English at the University. From 1977 to 1982 he was Director of the University of the South Pacific Centre in Samoa, and was Professor of Pacific Literature from 1980 to 1987. He was a trustee of the Pacific Youth Leadership Trust for 10 years. He was appointed to the Creative New Zealand Arts Board and was Deputy Chairman of New Zealand on Air.

He has published seven novels, four collections of short stories, and five collections of poetry. In 2012 he published two new collections of short stories and poetry and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. He has held art exhibitions in New Zealand and Hawaii. Emeritus Professor Wendt’s works have won numerous awards, been adapted to film, and translated into several languages, and are read and taught throughout the world.

Alumni Merita Award, New Plymouth Boys’ High School, 2013
Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction, 2012
Commonwealth Writer’s Asia Pacific Region Prize for ‘The Adventures of Vela’, 2010
Montana Book Award for ‘Whetu Moana’, 2004
Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture, 2004
Senior Pacific Arts Award, 2003
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, NY2001
Samoa Order of Merit for services to education and literature, 1994
Commonwealth Writer’s Asia Pacific Region Prize for ‘Ola’, 1992
Wattie Book of the Year for ‘Leaves of the Banyan’, 1980

Sir Ronald Powell Carter, ONZ, KNZM (1998)

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 2014

Sir Ron Carter has contributed to New Zealand in the areas of regional and national infrastructure planning, governance, business and education.

Sir Ron was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998 for services to engineering and business administration. He has since served on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch earthquakes. He chaired the Committee for Auckland which laid the groundwork for the creation of the amalgamated Auckland Council. He created a consortium for iwi and businesses in Auckland to help position iwi as significant investors. He has led initiatives to provide internship opportunities for iwi graduates amongst large Auckland firms. Many of these firms have now established Māori business development functions. He instigated the Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Awards and is Chair of the Committee and Selection Panel. He was an independent representative to the Board of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was appointed in 2009 to the New Zealand Infrastructure Advisory Board and is currently a Director of Rural Equities. In 1999 he chaired the Government’s review team on the management of New Zealand’s borders. He served as the founding Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority from 1992 until 1998. He has previously held directorships of prominent New Zealand companies and organisations. Sir Ron was Executive Chairman of the Beca engineering consultancies, overseeing major infrastructure and industrial projects in New Zealand as well as setting up Beca’s operations in Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia.

Fairfax Business Hall of Fame
University of Auckland Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, 2001
Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 1998
Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, 1997

GLUCKMAN, Professor Sir Peter David, ONZ, KNZM (2008)

Appointed to the Order on 1 June 2015

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is one of New Zealand's internationally recognised biomedical and medical scientists.

Sir Peter's research focuses have ranged from the hormonal control of growth before and after birth, intrauterine growth restriction and neurological diseases to evolutionary medicine and the interface between human and pastoral animal biology. In 2009 he was appointed as the inaugural Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and has continued to serve in this role. In 2014 he was appointed as Co-Chair of the World Health Organisation Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. He hosted and chaired the Science Advice to Governments Conference, the first global meeting of high-level science advisors convened by the International Council for Science in Auckland in 2014, and chairs the International Network for Science Advice to Governments and APEC's annual meeting of Chief Science Advisors and equivalents. He is the only New Zealander to be elected to the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies of Science and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland in the 1990s before establishing in 2001 and serving as founding Director of the Liggins Institute to encourage New Zealand scientists to undertake world class research. In 2004 he helped establish the Gravida National Centre for Growth and Development, one of seven Centres of Research Excellence in New Zealand. Until 2013 he led the Epigen Consortium, comprising six centres in three countries. Sir Peter has published several books and developed LENScience to encourage experimental involvement of school children in science.

Redesignated Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2009
Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Year 2008
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Queen's Birthday 1997

MCCAW, Mr Richard Hugh, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2015

Mr Richard McCaw has been a member of the All Blacks since 2001 and Captain since 2006, and is regarded as New Zealand’s finest rugby player.

Mr McCaw captained the All Blacks to victory in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. He played in the 2003 World Cup and captained the All Blacks at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He became the first All Black to reach 100 Tests in 2011 and was the first rugby union player to achieve 100 caps as Captain. As of 2015 he is the most capped player in rugby union history with 148 caps. He has been named the International Rugby Board’s International Player of the Year three times in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Since his debut the All Blacks have won seven Tri-Nations titles, completed three successful Grand Slam tours and won the Bledisloe Cup eight times. He was a founding Trustee in 2009 of the For Everyone Charitable Foundation (now iSport), which has provided grants to a variety of community organisations and sporting bodies with a more recent focus on youth sport. He has been involved with the CatWalk Trust to support research into cures for spinal cord injuries since 2007 and is Patron of the charity. Mr McCaw has also Captained the Canterbury and Crusaders rugby teams, during which time Canterbury won the National Provincial Championship (later the ITM Cup) five times, and the Crusaders have reached the Super Rugby semi-finals nine times, going on to win the final on four of these occasions.

Deceased Members

The Hon Sir Arnold Nordmeyer, ONZ, KCMG (1975) [CMG 1970]

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1987

Long serving Labour MP and sometime Leader of the Opposition.

Citation prepared 1987

Deceased 2 February 1989

Mr Walter James (Jim) Knox, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1988

President of the Federation of Labour.

Citation prepared 1988

Deceased 1 December 1991

Dame Whina Cooper, ONZ, DBE (1980) [CBE 1974, MBE 1953]

Appointed to the Order on 15 June 1991

Past President of the Maori Women’s Welfare League. She was at the forefront of Maori issues for over 60 years.

Citation prepared 1991

Deceased 26 March 1994

Sir Guy Powles, KBE (1961), CMG, (1954), ED

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Born 1905. Former Diplomat (High Commissioner to Western Samoa from 1949-60). He was the First New Zealand Ombudsman 1962-75 and served as Chief Ombudsman 1975-1977.

Citation prepared 1990

Deceased 24 October 1994

Mr Frederick Turnovsky, ONZ, OBE (1965)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1988

Businessman and patron of the arts.

Citation prepared 1988

Deceased 12 December 1994

Professor Richard Matthews, ONZ, FRS, FRSNZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1988

Born 1921. Eminent scientist. Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, University of Auckland.

Citation prepared 1988

Deceased 19 February 1995

Mr Henry Lang, ONZ, CB (1977)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1989

Born 1919. An eminent public servant and economist. Secretary to the Treasury 1969-77.
He was also a lay member of the High Court. Arts patron.

Citation prepared 1989

Deceased 17 April 1997

Dr Clarence Beeby, ONZ, CMG (1956)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1987

Born 1902. The doyen of New Zealand educationalists. Director of Education 1940-60. He held senior UNESCO appointments overseas and was New Zealand Ambassador to France 1960-63.

Citation prepared 1987

Deceased 10 March 1998

The Very Rev Dr John Somerville, ONZ, CMG (1978), MC, ChStJ

Appointed to the Order on 15 June 1991

Born 1910. The elder statesman of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. Master of Knox Theological College 1963-78 and a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. He was active in a variety of community and welfare organisations.

Citation prepared 1991

Deceased 5 October 1999

The Rt Hon Sir Thaddeus McCarthy, ONZ, KBE (1974), [Knight Bachelor 1964]

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1994

Born 1907. At the time of his appointment to the Order he was the senior New Zealand Privy Counsellor (appointed 1968). He was a Judge of the High Court from 1957 to 1962 and the Court of Appeal from 1962 to 1976. He was President of the Court of Appeal from 1973 to 1976. He made an outstanding contribution to public administration and the law.

Citation prepared 1994

Deceased 11 April 2001

Emeritus Professor Douglas Lilburn, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1988

Born 1915. Composer. Tutor, lecturer, senior lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, 1947-79. Member of numerous music organisations.

Citation prepared 1988

Deceased 6 June 2001

Dr Allen Curnow, ONZ, CBE (1986)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Born 1911. Poet, critic and dramatist. On the staff of the English Department of Auckland University 1951-76. Author of over 18 volumes of poems. In 1989 received The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Citation prepared 1990

Deceased 23 September 2001

The Rt Rev Manuhuia Bennett, ONZ, CMG (1981)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1989

Born 1916. Anglican Bishop of Aotearoa from 1968 to 1981. During this period and in his retirement he made a significant contribution to Maoridom, in particular as a Member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

Citation prepared 1989

Deceased 20 December 2001

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Born 1900. Her Majesty, consort of the late King George VI, was appointed to the Order during her 90th year.

Citation prepared 1990

Deceased 30 March 2002

Dame (Reubina) Ann Ballin, ONZ, DBE (1992) [CBE 1981]

Appointed to the Order on 3 June 2002
to Mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Dame Ann Ballin has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of New Zealanders. She was chairperson of the Victims’ Task Force from 1988 to 1993 and pioneered changes in the criminal justice system to ensure greater justice for victims of crime. From 1987 to 1995, she was Chairperson of the New Zealand Council for Recreation and was a member of the Hillary Commission on Recreation and Sport from 1987 to 1990. During 1987 to 1988, she was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy and during 1980 to 1982 Chairperson of the National Committee of the International Year of Disabled Persons.

Citation prepared 2002

Deceased 2 September 2003

Miss Nene Janet Paterson Clutha (Janet Frame), ONZ, CBE (1983)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Born 1924. She is one of New Zealand’s foremost authors and literary figures.

Citation prepared 1990

Deceased 2 January 2004

Dr William Pickering, ONZ, KBE (Honorary 1975), MS (1934), PhD (1936), Hon DEng (Canterbury 2003), Hon FRSNZ

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 2003

Dr Pickering has made an outstanding contribution to science and engineering, in particular relating to the exploration of the solar system which has been of immense international importance and benefit. He was born in Wellington and educated at Wellington College. He commenced his tertiary education at Canterbury College (now University) before moving to the USA in 1929 where he has since lived and worked. He is now a USA citizen. From 1954 to 1976 he was Director of the California Technical Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). JPL was transferred to NASA in 1958 with responsibility for the unmanned exploration of the moon and the planets. Under his directorship, the JPL participated in a programme to develop and demonstrate a re-entry test vehicle that would permit missile warheads and payloads to successfully traverse the Earth’s atmosphere following ballistic flight into its upper reaches. The techniques developed were later applied to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo manned spacecraft. On retirement he established the Pickering Research Corporation to undertake space-related projects. His contributions to space programmes, technologies and science have been recognised by many honours and awards from the USA, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand (Honorary knighthood). Throughout his career he has maintained close links with New Zealand and the New Zealand scientific community and has made regular visits to participate in seminars and deliver addresses. In March 2003 he returned to unveil a memorial to Lord Rutherford of Nelson and himself at Havelock and accept an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Canterbury. In 1964 he was elected an Honorary Member and, since 1997, has been an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. This society recently established the Pickering Medal for Technology.

Citation prepared 2003

Deceased 17 March 2004

Mr Arthur Lydiard, ONZ, OBE (1962)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1990
to mark The Queen’s visit and the 1990 Commemoration

Born 1917. He is regarded as one of the world's leading athletic coaches. He helped start jogging in many countries and the movement is now world-wide.

Citation prepared 1990

Deceased 12 December 2004

Sonja Davies, ONZ, JP

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1987

Born 1923. For many years active in trade union movement. First women vice-president of the Federation of Labour (1981-87). Founder New Zealand Child Care Association. National chairperson of the New Zealand International Year of Peace Committee, 1986, and an executive member of the World Peace Council. She served on the Nelson Hospital Board and Nelson City Council. From 1987 to 1993 she was a Labour Member of Parliament.

Citation prepared 1987

Deceased 12 June 2005

The Right Honourable David Lange, CH (1990)

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 2003

Mr Lange, during the past twenty-five years, has made a major contribution to public affairs in New Zealand. He was the Member of Parliament for Mangere from 1977 to 1996 and served as Deputy and later Leader of the Opposition. In 1984, at the age of 41, he became one of the youngest persons to be appointed Prime Minister of New Zealand and held office until 1989. In addition he held the ministerial portfolios of Foreign Affairs (1984 to 1987), Education (1987 to 1989) and following his resignation as Prime Minister he was Attorney-General, Minister in Charge of the Serious Fraud Office and Minister of State (1989 to 1990). Prior to his election to Parliament he practiced as a barrister and solicitor in Kaikohe and Auckland and for a period tutored in law at the University of Auckland. Since his retirement from Parliament he has been involved in a wide range of public and community forums. In 1984 he was appointed a Member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

Citation prepared 2003

Deceased 13 August 2005

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, ONZ, DBE (1970)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1987

Born 1931. Arikinui (Head) of the Maori Kingship to which she was elected in succession to her father, King Koroki, the 5th Maori King, in 1966. She is the highest ranking person in the Tainui tribes who live in the Waikato. She is Patron of the Maori Women's Welfare League, Te Kohanga Reo National Trust and a variety of other organisations.

Citation prepared 1987

Deceased 15 August 2006

The Right Honourable Sir Robin Brunskill Cooke, The Lord Cooke of Thorndon, ONZ, KBE (1986), [Knight Bachelor 1977], PC (1977)

Appointed to the Order on 3 June 2002
to Mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Lord Cooke is regarded as one of the foremost jurists New Zealand has produced. He is held in the highest regard not only in New Zealand but also the United Kingdom and in other countries of the Commonwealth. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1972 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 1976, becoming President of that Court in 1986. On his retirement from the Court of Appeal in 1996 he was granted a British Life Peerage. For five years he has sat as a member of the House of Lords Appeal Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and the Samoan Court of Appeal. Lord Cooke also is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School.

Citation prepared 2002

Deceased 30 August 2006

Professor Sir (Ian) Hugh Kawharu, ONZ, [Knight Bachelor 1989]

Appointed to the Order on 3 June 2002
to Mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Sir Hugh Kawharu has an outstanding record of service as an academic and to the Maori people. In 1970 he was the foundation Professor of Social Anthropology and Maori Studies at Massey University. Between 1985 and 1993 he was Professor of Maori Studies and Head of the Department of Anthropology, and Foundation Director of the James Henare Maori Research Centre at Auckland University. Sir Hugh is Patron of the Pitt-Rivers Museum at Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, and has served as President of the Polynesian Society of New Zealand. He has been involved with a wide variety of academic and professional organisations. He has served on the Royal Commission of the Courts (1976 to 1978), the New Zealand Maori Council, the Board of Maori Affairs (1987 to 1990), Waitangi Tribunal (1986 to 1996), the Council of the Auckland Institute and Museum (1985 to 1996), the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Since 1978 he has been Chairperson of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board.

Citation prepared 2002

Deceased 19 September 2006

Professor Alan Graham MacDiarmid, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2001

Professor MacDiarmid has made an outstanding contribution to chemistry and the New Zealand science community. He was born and educated in New Zealand but has lived and worked in the United States of America since 1950. In 2000 he was one of three joint winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery and development of conductive polymers (plastics that conduct electricity). The discovery was made in 1977 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been Professor of Chemistry since 1964. He is the world leader in understanding these polymers and how they can be used in industry. He has received many scientific and academic honours from American, British, Japanese and New Zealand institutions and universities. Throughout his career he has maintained close research links with Victoria University of Wellington School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Crown Research Institute, the Industrial Research Ltd, at Lower Hutt and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Citation prepared 2001

Deceased 7 February 2007

Sir James Fletcher, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 1997

Sir James Fletcher, born 1914, has made an admirable contribution to the business industry and the community in New Zealand.

He became the Managing Director of Fletcher Construction and Fletcher Holdings Ltd in 1942 and remained in that position until 1979. He was Chairman until 1981, and under his leadership, Fletcher Holdings expanded into one of the country’s largest public companies. One of his more notable achievements was the forestry joint venture with the New Zealand Government in the 1950s to build the Tasman Pulp & Paper Co Ltd Mill at Kawerau.

In 1981, he merged Fletcher Holdings, Tasman Pulp Paper Co Ltd, and Challenge Corporation Ltd together to form Fletcher Challenge, which projected the family business into the international business market. Sir James has been Chairman of The Fletcher Challenge Trust (formerly Fletcher Challenge Charitable Trust) since its inception in 1991 and is a Trustee and Director of Business in the Community.

He has also served as Director and Chairman of a number of other companies, including BP ( New Zealand ), MARAC Finance, New Zealand United, Pacific Steel Ltd, and the Security Pacific Bank of Australia and New Zealand.

Sir James is active in the community as Vice President of the Auckland Division of the New Zealand Cancer Society, Patron of the Deafness Research Foundation, and he is also a Past President of the Auckland Racing Club.

Citation prepared 1997

Deceased 29 August 2007

Sir Roy McKenzie, ONZ, KBE (1988)

Appointed to the Order on 17 June 1995

Sir Roy McKenzie, born 1922, is one of New Zealand’s leading dedicated philanthropists who has contributed to the community for over 50 years. He has spent half of his life contributing funds to areas of need in New Zealand society and being involved with countless organisations. Consequently, he has had a significant impact in the areas of education and welfare, notably for improving education for disadvantaged children, promoting early intervention, and for research into the welfare of families.

He was a Member of the J R McKenzie Trust Board from 1947 to 1993, was the Chair for 17 years, and substantially increased the Trust’s assets. He also established two other grant making bodies in 1985, the Roy McKenzie Education Foundation and the Roy McKenzie Foundation, which are renowned for their innovative approaches to supporting community endeavours. A wide range of agencies and communities have benefited from the foundations’ generosity. The Foundations have funded the creation of the Sign Language Dictionary Project, founded the Lady McKenzie Scented Garden for the visually impaired in Wellington, and instigated the provision of educational facilities in National Parks. Also, the Education Foundation funded the institution of the University Teaching Development Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and established scholarships for Palliative Nursing Students in 1995.

Over his lifetime, Sir Roy McKenzie has also been actively involved in and made an impact on scores of community organisations, including Birthright New Zealand, the Deaf Institute of New Zealand, the National Parks Centennial Commission, the McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, the New Zealand Foundation of Women’s Refuges, the New Zealand Society for Music Therapy, the Outward Bound Trust, the Seabrook McKenzie Centre, SPELD NZ Ltd, Te Omanga Hospice, and many others. He also served on the Deaf Decade Trust, the J R McKenzie Youth Education Trust, and the Ngā Manu Trust, and in 1990, he initiated Philanthropy New Zealand in order to bring together a wide range of trusts and groups to talk about the process of giving.

He has also held a number of company directorships with businesses such as J R McKenzie Ltd, Rangatira Ltd, the James Cook Hotel, Roydon Lodge Stud, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, and James White Aviation.

In addition, he has been involved in harness horse breeding and the harness racing industry. He is a Past President of the Wellington Harness Racing Club and wrote The Roydon Heritage: 50 years of Racing and Breeding. Also, he was Captain of the New Zealand Ski Team in 1949 and 1951 and at the Oslo Winter Olympic Games in 1952.

Sir Roy McKenzie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature by Massey University in 1992 and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award in 1995.

Citation prepared 1995

Deceased 1 September 2007

Sir Edmund Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (1953)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1987

Sir Edmund Hillary, born 1919, is a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer and is one of New Zealand’s most famous living icons. He is most notable for conquering the summit of Mount Everest; however, he has also made significant contributions philanthropically as a humanitarian and an ambassador, devoting much of his life to humanitarian efforts and environmental causes on behalf of the Nepalese people. He is the only living New Zealander to appear on a banknote and various streets, schools, and organisations around New Zealand are named after him, including Hillary College in Otara and the Hillary Commission (now SPARC).

Sir Edmund started climbing in New Zealand and climbed his first mountain, Mount Oliver in the Southern Alps, when he was 20 years old. He continued to climb in New Zealand and overseas, including climbing 11 different peaks over 20,000 feet in the Himalayas before he joined the British Everest Expedition in 1953. The aim of the expedition was to attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, and on 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund (along with Sherpa climber Tenzing Norgay) reached the summit. This world renowned moment catapulted the climbers to fame and became a defining moment in history as it is one of the last feats that can be recognised as human, and not technological, thus putting Sir Edmund Hillary in the lineage of great terrestrial explorers.

Sir Edmund went on to climb 10 other peaks in the Himalayas on further visits to the region in 1956, from 1960 to 1961, and from 1963 to 1965. In addition to mountaineering, he was also involved in Antarctic explorations. In 1955, he led the New Zealand Section of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition that crossed the Antarctic using specially adapted Ferguson tractors to reach the South Pole on 4 January 1957. He also led a number of other expeditions, including an expedition that combined a hunt for the mythical yeti and research into the effects of high altitudes on the human body in 1960 and an expedition up the Ganges River in India to find the source of the sacred river in 1978. In 1985, Sir Edmund accompanied Neil Armstrong in a small twin-engine ski plane over the Arctic Ocean and landed at the North Pole, thus becoming the first man to stand at both poles as well as on the summit of Mount Everest.

In between expeditions, Sir Edmund became involved with the Sherpa people of Nepal, helping to improve the ecology and living conditions in their remote region of the Himalayas. In 1964, he established The Himalayan Trust to improve and establish services and infrastructure. Over the next 30 years, he helped build 20 schools, two hospitals, several medical clinics, and two airfields. Also, out of concern for the degradation of the environment of the Himalayas, he educated the Nepalese people on the need to conserve the Everest region. He persuaded the Nepalese Government to pass laws protecting the forest and to declare the area around Everest a national park.

Sir Edmund served as the New Zealand High Commissioner to India, Nepal, and Bangladesh from 1984 to 1989. He is the Honorary President of the America Himalayan Foundation, an Honorary Member the New Zealand Alpine Club and the New Zealand Explorers Club, and was the President of Volunteer Service Abroad. He has also written a number of books about his adventures including, East of Everest, From the Ocean to the Sky, High Adventure, High in the Thin Cold Air, No Latitude for Error, Nothing Venture: Nothing Win, Schoolhouses in the Clouds, and Two Generations.

Sir Edmund Hillary has been awarded many national and international distinctions, including the Star of Nepal 1st Class, the National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal, and the United States Cullum Geographical Medal in 1954, and the Royal Geographic Society’s Founder Medal in 1958.

Citation prepared 1987

Deceased 11 January 2008

Dr Ivan Lichter, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 2 June 1997

Dr Ivan Lichter, born 1918, is a retired thoracic surgeon who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of palliative care and the modern hospice movement in New Zealand. He has devoted his life to this branch of medicine, improving the standards of care for terminally ill patients and changing attitudes to death and dying. His work in developing palliative care in New Zealand is reflected by the general acceptance of the hospice philosophy and in the practice of holistic care, which is now offered to patients suffering any form of distress.

Dr Lichter began to apply the principles of palliative care when he was a Thoracic Surgeon at Dunedin Hospital and when he was an Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Otago Medical School in the early 1970s, as it was during these times he recognised the inadequacy of care for the terminally ill.

In view of his experience in working with often terminally ill patients, he came out of retirement to become the Medical Director of the Te Omanga Hospice and remained in that position till 1993. He continues to contribute to the hospice as an Honorary Consultant and it is through his dedication, research, and teaching that Te Omanga has developed into an internationally recognised model of care, research, and education in the field of palliative care. Dr Lichter has also devoted himself to teaching palliative care to yearly intakes of medical student interns and hospital medical registrars on a one-to-one basis in a clinical setting, thus influencing the interactions medical students have with their patients.

Dr Lichter has written over 50 publications, including over 25 on aspects of palliative care. His most notable written work is Communication in Cancer Care, written in 1987, explaining the illness of cancer patients. The book promotes family support for the patient and encourages the understanding of the emotions attached to the sickness. His other works have covered subjects on transplants, post operative pain, and oesophageal reflux. He also played an internationally important role on the Advisory Board of Palliative Medicine and has contributed chapters to four books on the subject, including The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine.

Dr Lichter was an Examiner in cardio-thoracic surgery to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, and a Member of the International Committee on Lung Cancer of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was also a Member of the EDP National Review Committee, the Medical Advisory Sub-Committee of the National Electronic and Data Processing Committee (Health), the New Zealand Computer Society Committee on Unique Identification Systems in New Zealand, and has been involved with countless other hospital committees.

Dr Lichter has been a Member of the Advisory Council of the International School for Cancer Care, the International Advisory Board of Palliative Medicine, and the International Advisory Committee to The International Congress on the Care of the Terminally Ill. He is also a Founding Executive Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine and has spoken at national conferences and given numerous lectures at hospitals and universities overseas in Britain, the United States of America, Scandinavia, and South Africa.

Citation prepared 1997

Deceased 12 June 2009

Dame Vera Doreen Blumhardt, ONZ, DNZM (2003), CBE (1981)

Appointed to the Order on 30 December 2006

Doreen Blumhardt, born 1914, is one of New Zealand’s foremost potters and has worked as a ceramicist and arts educator for 70 years. She is considered to be a pioneer of art education and was head of the Art Department of Wellington College of Education for over 20 years.

She is represented in many New Zealand and overseas galleries and institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museo Gaccia in Switzerland. She has held solo exhibitions, including several at The Dowse Art Gallery in Lower Hutt in 1976 and her 50 year retrospective exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington in 1991. She hand decorated 2,500 ceramic tiles depicting the Aurora Australis for the Admiral Byrd Memorial Wall in 1992.

She has held many lectures, encouraged international potters to present workshops in New Zealand, and completed numerous articles and publications on craft, including New Zealand Potters: Their Work and Words and Craft New Zealand, the Art of the Craftsman in 1981 which won the Watties Book of the Year award.

In 2003, she set up the Blumhardt Foundation, which was established to foster, support, collect, and display the best examples of decorative arts and design in New Zealand. The Blumhardt Foundation achieves its aims through many channels, including assisting artists through their professional development by providing learning opportunities through workshops and demonstrations with leading overseas practitioners. Every year, The Blumhardt Foundation, The Dowse Art Museum, and Creative New Zealand offer a Cultural Internship, providing opportunities for artists to nurture curatorial interest and expertise in the areas of decorative arts and design.

Citation prepared 2006

Deceased 17 October 2009

The Hon Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1993

Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, born 1932, has been active in a wide-range of educational, welfare, cultural, and community programmes for Maori people for over 30 years. She has worked towards the harmonious relationship between the Maori and European New Zealand communities and advocated on behalf of Maori in order to remove disparities between the two cultures.

She is a former Member of Parliament for Southern Maori and a former Cabinet Minister, she was Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Social Welfare, and Minister for the Environment. She is also the longest serving woman in the history of the New Zealand Parliament, having served in office from 1967 to 1996.

She has promoted Maori input in local government planning and was instrumental in the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal, Marae and Papakainga Housing, Maori news on radio and television, the protection of Maori fishing grounds, the Tangata Whenua vote, and she pioneered preventative health education in Maori.

Before her public service career, Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan worked as a social worker and served the community in many other areas. She addressed issues such as domestic violence and was instrumental in the establishment of the first group of social workers to dedicate themselves to this problem.

Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan was also active in educational fields. She was the founding President of the New Zealand Maori Students’ Federation and whilst she was Vice-President of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association in 1960, she advocated the student health counselling service, the instigation of tuition in te reo, and the offering of New Zealand history courses at university.

 Citation prepared 1993

Deceased 20 July 2011

REEVES, The Right Reverend and The Honourable Sir Paul Alfred, ONZ, GCMG, GCVO, QSO

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 2007
to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Institution of the Order.

Sir Paul Reeves, born 1932, made an outstanding contribution to the Anglican Church and the community.  He was Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia from 1980 to 1985 and was Bishop of Waiapu in 1971.  He was ordained as a Priest in 1960, was a Lecturer in church history, and served as Director of Christian Education until 1971.

In 1985 he retired as Archbishop to accept the appointment as Governor-General of New Zealand, an office he held until 1990.  He was the first person of Maori descent appointed to this high office.

Sir Paul held a number of national and international positions.  He as appointed as the Anglican Observer at the United Nations from 1985 to 1988 and during this period, he also assisted the Bishop of the Diocese of New York.  He served as the Deputy Leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Ghanaian elections in 1996 and was Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Trust.  He was the Chairperson of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission from 1995 to 1997 and was also the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Guyana.  He was appointed the inaugural Chair of Toi Te Taiao, The Bioethics Council in 2002, and was Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Trust.  He was the Visiting Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 1994, visiting Professor at the University of Auckland from 1997 to 2000, and was appointed Chancellor of the Auckland University of Technology in 2005.  He was Chair of the Tuhono Turst and Chair of Hui Taumata.

Citation prepared 2007

Deceased 14 August 2011

Miss Margaret Mahy, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1993

Margaret Mahy, born 1936, is one of New Zealand’s greatest authors of children’s literature and is regarded as one of the best authors of English books for children in the world. As well as writing many prolific, popular, and award winning books, she has written scripts for television and is a playwright and storyteller. In addition, she has made a significant contribution to children’s education. She has been involved extensively with the Writers-in-Schools Scheme and over the years, her wild and colourful imagination has produced timeless stories which have influenced and encouraged many New Zealand children and young adults to read. Many of her well-known titles continue to enhearten readers to this day and are still read some 20 years after they were first published.

In 1980, after a 20 year long career as a librarian, she retired to become a full-time children’s writer. Previously, she worked for the Petone Public Library and the School Library Service in Christchurch and was the children’s librarian at Canterbury Public Library.

Margaret Mahy, who wrote her first story when she was seven years old, has an impressive array of titles to her credit. She has had more than 100 titles published, which spread across many genres. Her picture books include her first book A Lion in the Meadow and The Witch in the Cherry Tree, The Boy Who Was Followed Home, and The Great White Man Eating Shark. She has written verse, non-fiction, and had stories published in the Ministry of Education’s School Journals. She has written books for emergent readers in The Jelly Beans Series, The Story Chest Series, and The Sunshine Books Series. Her popular collections of stories include The Piratical Rumbustification, The Librarian and the Robbers, and The Birthday Burglar & A Very Wicked Headmistress. She has also written novels for junior readers, such as The Pirate Uncle and The Bus Under the Leaves, and older readers, such as The Haunting, The Catalogue of the Universe, and Memory. Other cherished titles include Nonstop Nonsense and The Boy with Two Shadows. She has had work published in England and America, and her stories have been translated into more than fifteen languages.

Margaret Mahy’s work has won many national and international awards and has been included in prestige listings by journal editors, librarians, and educationalists. She has received the New Zealand Library Association’s Esther Glen Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to New Zealand Children’s Literature on four occasions; in 1970 for A Lion in the Meadow, in 1972 for The First Margaret Mahy Story Book, in 1983 for The Haunting, and in 1985 for The Changeover. In addition, she received the New Zealand Literature Fund Award for Achievement in 1985, The Goodman Fielder Wattie Award for Junior Fiction for Underrunners in 1992, and The Young Observer Fiction Prize for The Tricksters in 1986. She was also awarded the prestigious British Carnegie Medal for The Haunting in 1982 and for The Changeover in 1984, the first writer outside of Britain to receive it. She also won the The Italian Premier Grafico Award for The Wind Between the Stars in 1976 and the Dutch Silver Pencil Award for The Boy Who was Followed Home in 1977.

In 1984, she was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Canterbury and in 1993, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the same university. She has held writing fellowships in New Zealand and Australia, regularly visits schools all over the country to read stories, and individually answers the letters she receives from children all over the world.

Citation prepared 1993

Deceased 23 July 2012

Lady Blundell, ONZ, QSO (1977), GCStJ (2004)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 1988

Lady Blundell, born 1922, is the widow of Sir Denis Blundell (the Governor-General of New Zealand from 1972 to 1977). Over the years, she has made a contribution to New Zealand society through a wide range of community and welfare work.

She has been active within The Order of St John for many years. She was Vice-Patron and later Patron of the St John Northern Region Branch and has had a devoted interest in St John Youth. She was admitted as a Commander of the Order of St John in 1972 and was later made a Dame of Grace of the Order in 1988.

She has been involved in the Cancer Foundation of New Zealand for many years. She was the founding Patron of the Child Cancer Foundation in the late 1970s and contributed to the instigation of CanTeen, a special sub-group of the Foundation, in 1988.

Lady Blundell has also been involved with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand, and the Asthma Society of New Zealand.

Citation prepared 1988

Deceased 31 October 2012

HOTERE, Mr Hone Papita Raukura, ONZ

Appointed to the Order on 31 December 2011

Mr Ralph Hotere is a painter, sculptor and collaborative artist and is regarded as one of New Zealand's most important contemporary artists.

His works are a reaction to local and global social and environmental issues and are dominated by black, both in colour and in title. He makes extensive use of words, often quoting the work of well-known poets and his conversations with them. His painting is of both the artistic and personal dialogue between himself and his friends, including the 'Black Union Jack' works in 1981, which questioned the Springbok Tour and the 'Black Rainbow' which protested the sinking of the 'Rainbow Warrior'. One of his significant collaborations is 'Pathway to the Sea', commenting on the Aramoana massacre in 1991. He uses a wide variety of mediums, including canvas, roofing iron, gold leaf and glass. Mr Hotere's work is represented in all major public and private collections in New Zealand and internationally.


University of Otago Honorary Doctorate 1994
Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Award 2003
University of Auckland Honorary Doctorate 2005
Te Waka Toi Te Taumata Award, recognising outstanding leadership and service to Māori arts and culture 2006 

Citation prepared 2011

Deceased 24 February 2013

The Right Honourable Sir Arthur Owen Woodhouse, ONZ, KBE (1981), [Kt Bach, 1974], DSC (1944)

Appointed to the Order on 6 February 2007
to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Institution of the Order

Sir Owen Woodhouse had a distinguished legal career as a lawyer, jurist and chair of government commissions.

He was a law partner from 1946 to 1961 prior to his appointment to the New Zealand Supreme Court. Sir Owen was appointed a Judge of the New Zealand Supreme Court in 1961, a Judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal in 1973 and was President of the Court of Appeal from 1981 to 1986. He was President of the Law Commission from 1986 to 1991. He was made a Privy Counsellor and member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1974.

He was the Chairman of the Royal Commission on Accident Compensation from 1966 to 1967, which produced what is now known as the Woodhouse Report that recommended a “no-fault” accident compensation scheme. The Report is regarded as one of the most significant legal reforms of this generation. Sir Owen was commissioned by the Australian Government in 1974 to prepare a proposal to reform that country’s compensation scheme. This resulted in the Report of the National Committee of Inquiry, Compensation and Rehabilitation in Australia, now known as the Australian Woodhouse Report. He later prepared a Third Woodhouse Report as President of the Law Commission on Personal Injury, Prevention and Recovery, which recommended an end to the disparities between the treatment of accident victims and those incapacitated by sickness or disease.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Victoria University of Wellington in 1978 and York University, Toronto in 1981.

Sir Owen was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1944 for naval operations in the Adriatic. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1974 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1981.

Citation prepared 2007

Deceased 15 April 2014