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The Order of New Zealand is the highest honour in New Zealand's royal honours system, created "to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity". It was instituted by royal warrant of 6 February 1987. The order is modelled on the British Order of Merit and Order of the Companions of Honour.[1]

Order of New Zealand
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Badge of the Order of New Zealand
Awarded by Sovereign of New Zealand
TypeOrder
EligibilityCitizens of New Zealand
Awarded forOutstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignQueen Elizabeth II
GradesMember (ONZ)
Statistics
First induction6 February 1987
Last induction30 December 2017
Total inductees42 Ordinary members
18 Additional members
2 Honorary members
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of Merit
Next (lower)New Zealand Order of Merit
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Ribbon of the Order of New Zealand

CompositionEdit

The order comprises the Sovereign and ordinary, additional and honorary members. The ordinary membership is limited to 20 living members, and at any time there may be fewer than 20. Additional members may be appointed to commemorate important royal, state or national occasions, and such appointments were made in 1990 for the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi, in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, in 2007 for the 20th anniversary of the institution of the Order, and in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Honorary membership is for citizens of nations of which the Sovereign is not head of state.[1] Members are entitled to the post-nominal letters "ONZ".

Appointments to the order are made by royal warrant under the monarch's sign manual on the prime minister’s advice. The order is administered by a Secretary and Registrar, (the Clerk of the Executive Council).

InsigniaEdit

The insignia is made up of an oval medallion of the Arms of New Zealand in gold and coloured enamel, worn on a white and ochre ribbon around the neck for men or a bow for women on their left shoulder.

Current membersEdit

Member number Name Known for Date of appointment Age
Ordinary members
1   Dame Miriam Dell ONZ DBE JP Women's welfare 6 February 1993 95
2   Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ CH DBE AC Opera singer 17 June 1995 75
3   Sir Miles Warren ONZ KBE Architect 17 June 1995 89–90
4   Jim Bolger ONZ Former Prime Minister of New Zealand 31 December 1997 84
5   Ken Douglas ONZ Trade union leader 31 December 1998 84
6   Mike Moore ONZ Former Prime Minister of New Zealand 31 December 1999 70
7   Cardinal Tom Williams ONZ CStJ Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Wellington 5 June 2000 89
8   Jonathan Hunt ONZ Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives 31 December 2004 80
9   Sir Lloyd Geering ONZ GNZM CBE Theologian 30 December 2006 101
10   Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC Judge of International Court of Justice 4 June 2007 82
11     Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO Former Commonwealth Secretary-General 31 December 2007 80
12   Sir Murray Halberg ONZ MBE Olympic runner 2 June 2008 86
13   Helen Clark ONZ SSI Former Prime Minister of New Zealand 31 December 2009 69
14   Sir Bob Charles ONZ KNZM CBE Golfer 31 December 2010 83
15     Albert Wendt ONZ CNZM Writer 3 June 2013 80
16   Sir Ron Carter ONZ KNZM Business 2 June 2014 84
17   Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM Science 1 June 2015 69–70
18   Richard Hugh McCaw ONZ Rugby union 31 December 2015 38
19   Joy Cowley ONZ DCNZM OBE Writer 30 December 2017 83
20 Vacant
Additional members
1   Michael Duffy ONZ Former Attorney-General of Australia 6 February 1990 81
2   Dame Catherine Tizard ONZ GCMG GCVO DBE QSO DStJ Former Governor-General of New Zealand 3 June 2002 88
3   Christian Karlson Stead ONZ CBE Writer 6 February 2007 87
4   The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GCVO ONZ GBE AK QSO PC Consort to the Monarch of New Zealand 4 June 2012 98
5   Dame Margaret Bazley ONZ DNZM Distinguished New Zealand public servant 4 June 2012 81
6   Sir Peter Jackson ONZ KNZM Film director 4 June 2012 58
7   Dame Malvina Major ONZ GNZM DBE Opera singer 4 June 2012 76
Honorary members
1   Sir Shridath Ramphal OE GCMG OM AC QC Former Commonwealth Secretary-General 6 February 1990 91
  • Officers:
    • Secretary and Registrar: Michael L. C. Webster.[2][3]

Deceased membersEdit

Country Name Date of appointment Date of death Known for
Ordinary members
1[n 1]   Sir Arnold Nordmeyer 6 February 1987 2 February 1989 Minister of Finance
2   Clarence Edward Beeby 6 February 1987 10 March 1998 Educationalist
3   Dame Te Atairangikaahu 6 February 1987 15 August 2006 Māori Queen (Kīngitanga)
4   Sir Edmund Hillary 6 February 1987 11 January 2008 First official ascent of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay in 1953
5   Sonja Davies 6 February 1987 12 June 2005 Trade union leader and politician
6   Jim Knox 6 February 1988 1 December 1991 Trade union leader
7   Frederick Turnovsky 6 February 1988 12 December 1994 Manufacturer and arts leader
8   Richard Matthews[4] 6 February 1988 19 February 1995 Microbiologist
9   Douglas Lilburn 6 February 1988 6 June 2001 Composer
10   June, Lady Blundell 6 February 1988[5] 31 October 2012 Viceregal consort of New Zealand
11   Manuhuia Bennett 6 February 1989 20 December 2001 Anglican bishop
12   Henry Lang 6 February 1989 17 April 1997 Economist
13   Dame Whina Cooper 15 June 1991 26 March 1994 Māori leader
14   John Somerville 15 June 1991 5 October 1999 Presbyterian leader
15   Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan 6 February 1993 20 July 2011 Politician
16   Margaret Mahy 6 February 1993 23 July 2012 Children's author
17   Sir Thaddeus McCarthy 6 February 1994 11 April 2001 President of the Court of Appeal
18   Sir Roy McKenzie 17 June 1995 1 September 2007 Philanthropist
19   Sir James Fletcher 2 June 1997 29 August 2007 Industrialist
20   Ivan Lichter 2 June 1997 15 June 2009 Surgeon
21   Cliff Whiting 31 December 1998 16 July 2017 Artist
22   Alan MacDiarmid 31 December 2001 7 February 2007 Chemist, Nobel laureate
23   David Lange 2 June 2003 13 August 2005 Prime Minister
24   Dame Doreen Blumhardt 30 December 2006 17 October 2009 Ceramicist
25   Ralph Hotere 31 December 2011 24 February 2013 Artist
Additional members
1   Sir Guy Powles 6 February 1990 24 October 1994 Public servant and diplomat
2   Allen Curnow 6 February 1990 23 September 2001 Poet
3     Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 6 February 1990 30 March 2002
4   Janet Frame 6 February 1990 29 January 2004 Author
5   Arthur Lydiard 6 February 1990 11 December 2004 Athletics coach
6   Dame Ann Ballin 3 June 2002 2 September 2003 Psychologist
7   The Lord Cooke of Thorndon 3 June 2002 30 August 2006 Jurist
8   Sir Hugh Kāwharu 3 June 2002 19 September 2006 Māori leader
9   Sir Paul Reeves 6 February 2007 14 August 2011 Anglican bishop and governor-general
10   Sir Owen Woodhouse 6 February 2007 15 April 2014 Jurist
11   Sir Brian Lochore 6 February 2007 3 August 2019 Rugby union
Honorary members
1     Bill Pickering 2 June 2003 15 March 2004 Rocket scientist

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The number shown is the individual's place in the wider order of appointment since the Order of New Zealand's inception.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Order of New Zealand". Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  2. ^ Appointed 18 March 2014 to the office of Secretary and Registrar of The Queen's Service Order, The Order of New Zealand, and The New Zealand Order of Merit, during Her Majesty's pleasure, in place of Rebecca Lucy Kitteridge, CVO
  3. ^ The Queen's Service Order / The Order of New Zealand / The New Zealand Order of Merit (28 April 2014) 44 New Zealand Gazette 1263 at 1287.
  4. ^ "Richard Matthews". New Zealand Microbiological Society. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  5. ^ "ONZ Biographical Notes". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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