Artist Ralph Hotere has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the country’s top honour.
“I am very pleased to accept this honour and I was particularly moved by the letter that I received from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Mr John Key.
“He spoke of our nation . . . relying on citizens from all walks of life stepping forward, helping others, seeking new ways of doing things, and reaching for their dreams. He also spoke of enriching the lives of others. I am deeply moved,” Hotere said.
That captures exactly what the honours are for, recognising the people who step forward.
One of those is Malcolm Farry who has been awarded a Companion of the Order of Merit for his work as chair of the Carisbrook Stadium Trust and many years of service in other areas including chair of the fundraising committee for the Orokonui Ecosanctuary and:
. . . his decade as chairman of the Otago Youth Wellness Trust, from 1996 to 2006. The trust is a free, community-based service that supports 11- to 18-year-olds with social workers, mentoring, educational support and health services liaison and information.
The “wrap-around” service was one of the first to achieve a “high-trust” contract with the Government, heralding a new way of working with the community sector.
Max Smith has been awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rowing.
Smith, of Waipara, North Canterbury, was Ministry of Works project manager in Twizel, and pushed to retain the Mackenzie Country town and created Lake Ruataniwha at the completion of the Upper Waitaki power scheme.
It is not just tthe sport, but the town which owes so much to him. Twizel might well have died had it not been for Lake Ruataniwha.
Ian Taylor will be a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to business and television.
Among others in the list announced today were:
Dr Ralph Allen, who led the work to establish the Orokonui Ecosanctuary has been awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to conservation, and Struan Munro who earned his QSM for service to local body affairs and the community.
Struan was a long-serving Waitaki District Councillor and has given years of service in community activities and farming in the Waitaki Valley.
Graham Henry has been knighted not just for coaching the All blacks to World Cup victory but for his contribution to the sport over many years.
The full list is here.