Mike Moore, New Zealand’s ambassador to the United States, has been awarded the Order of Australia.
A statement from Government House in Canberra said Moore received the honour “for services to the South Australian Government by developing initiatives in economic reform and for services to the education sector.”
His CV includes his role as an adjunct professor at Melbourne’s La Trobe University, the University of Adelaide and Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide.
He already holds our highest honour, the Order of New Zealand and has been recognised by other countries:
• Commemoration Medal 1990 • Commander of the Order of the Equatorial Star (Commandeur de l’Ordre de Laetrile Equatoriale) – Government of Gabon • National Order of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (l’Ordre National de Cote d’Ivoire en Qualite de Commandeur) • Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya • Order of Duke Branimir with Ribbon – Republic of Croatia • National Honour of Georgia – Government of Georgia • The Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay – Government of Uruguay– highest national honour • Pope John Paul II Annual Medal – The Holy See.
If I knew about his service to education I’d forgotten it, but I admire his commitment to and work for free trade.
He is an example of a politician who has achieved more for New Zealand and the rest of the world through his international work than he could have had he stayed involved in national politics.
In doing so he has gained cross-party support and appreciation at home and well deserved recognition abroad.