Order of New Zealand

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

Name Portrait Date of appointment Age Known for
Ordinary members
1 Dame Miriam Dell
ONZ DBE JP
  6 February 1993 95 Women's welfare
2 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
ONZ CH DBE AC
  17 June 1995 76 Opera singer
3 Sir Miles Warren
ONZ KBE
  17 June 1995 90–91 Architect
4 Jim Bolger
ONZ PC
  31 December 1997 84 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
5 Ken Douglas
ONZ
  31 December 1998 84 Trade union leader
6 Cardinal Tom Williams
ONZ CStJ
  5 June 2000 90 Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Wellington
7 Jonathan Hunt
ONZ PC
  31 December 2004 81 Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
8 Sir Lloyd Geering
ONZ GNZM CBE
  30 December 2006 102 Theologian
9 Sir Kenneth Keith
ONZ KBE QC PC
  4 June 2007 82 Judge of International Court of Justice
10 Sir Don McKinnon
ONZ GCVO PC
  31 December 2007 81 Former Commonwealth Secretary-General
11 Sir Murray Halberg
ONZ MBE
  2 June 2008 86 Olympic runner
12 Helen Clark
ONZ SSI PC
  31 December 2009 70 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
13 Sir Bob Charles
ONZ KNZM CBE
  31 December 2010 84 Golfer
14 Albert Wendt
ONZ CNZM
  3 June 2013 80 Writer
15 Sir Ron Carter
ONZ KNZM
  2 June 2014 84 Business
16 Sir Peter Gluckman
ONZ KNZM
  1 June 2015 70–71 Scientist
17 Richie McCaw
ONZ
  31 December 2015 39 Rugby union
18 Joy Cowley
ONZ DCNZM OBE
  30 December 2017 83 Writer
19 Vacant
20 Vacant
Additional members
1 Michael Duffy
ONZ
  6 February 1990 82 Former Attorney-General of Australia
2 Dame Catherine Tizard
ONZ GCMG GCVO DBE QSO DStJ
  3 June 2002 89 Former Governor-General of New Zealand
3 C. K. Stead
ONZ CBE
  6 February 2007 87 Writer
4 The Duke of Edinburgh
KG KT OM GCVO ONZ GBE AK QSO PC
  4 June 2012 98 Consort to the Monarch of New Zealand
5 Dame Margaret Bazley
ONZ DNZM
  4 June 2012 82 Public servant
6 Sir Peter Jackson
ONZ KNZM
  4 June 2012 58 Film director
7 Dame Malvina Major
ONZ GNZM DBE
  4 June 2012 77 Opera singer
Honorary members
1 Sir Shridath Ramphal
ONZ OE GCMG OM AC QC
  6 February 1990 91 Former Commonwealth Secretary-General
  • Officers:
    • Secretary and Registrar: Michael L. C. Webster.[2][3]

Deceased membersEdit

Name Portrait Date of appointment Date of death Known for
Ordinary members
1[n 1] Sir Arnold Nordmeyer
ONZ KCMG
  6 February 1987 2 February 1989 Minister of Finance
2 C. E. Beeby
ONZ CMG
6 February 1987 10 March 1998 Educationalist
3 Dame Te Atairangikaahu
ONZ DBE OStJ
  6 February 1987 15 August 2006 Māori Queen (Kīngitanga)
4 Sir Edmund Hillary
KG ONZ KBE
  6 February 1987 11 January 2008 First official ascent of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay in 1953
5 Sonja Davies
ONZ
6 February 1987 12 June 2005 Trade union leader and politician
6 Jim Knox
ONZ
6 February 1988 1 December 1991 Trade union leader
7 Frederick Turnovsky
ONZ OBE
6 February 1988 12 December 1994 Manufacturer and arts leader
8 Richard Matthews[4]
ONZ
6 February 1988 19 February 1995 Microbiologist
9 Douglas Lilburn
ONZ
6 February 1988 6 June 2001 Composer
10 June, Lady Blundell
ONZ QSO GCStJ
  6 February 1988[5] 31 October 2012 Viceregal consort of New Zealand
11 Manuhuia Bennett
ONZ CMG
6 February 1989 20 December 2001 Anglican bishop
12 Henry Lang
ONZ CB
6 February 1989 17 April 1997 Economist
13 Dame Whina Cooper
ONZ DBE
  15 June 1991 26 March 1994 Māori leader
14 Jack Somerville
ONZ CMG MC ChStJ
15 June 1991 5 October 1999 Presbyterian leader
15 Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan
ONZ
  6 February 1993 20 July 2011 Politician
16 Margaret Mahy
ONZ
  6 February 1993 23 July 2012 Children's author
17 Sir Thaddeus McCarthy
ONZ KBE
6 February 1994 11 April 2001 President of the Court of Appeal
18 Sir Roy McKenzie
ONZ KBE
  17 June 1995 1 September 2007 Philanthropist
19 Sir James Fletcher
ONZ
2 June 1997 29 August 2007 Industrialist
20 Ivan Lichter
ONZ
2 June 1997 15 June 2009 Surgeon
21 Cliff Whiting
ONZ
  31 December 1998 16 July 2017 Artist
22 Mike Moore
ONZ AO PC
  31 December 1999 2 February 2020 Prime Minister
23 Alan MacDiarmid
ONZ
  31 December 2001 7 February 2007 Chemist, Nobel laureate
24 David Lange
ONZ CH PC
  2 June 2003 13 August 2005 Prime Minister
25 Dame Doreen Blumhardt
ONZ DNZM CBE
  30 December 2006 17 October 2009 Ceramicist
26 Ralph Hotere
ONZ
  31 December 2011 24 February 2013 Artist
Additional members
1 Sir Guy Powles
ONZ KBE CMG ED
6 February 1990 24 October 1994 Public servant and diplomat
2 Allen Curnow
ONZ CBE
6 February 1990 23 September 2001 Poet
3 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
KG KT ONZ GCVO GBE CI CC RRC CD
  6 February 1990 30 March 2002
4 Janet Frame
ONZ CBE
6 February 1990 29 January 2004 Author
5 Arthur Lydiard
ONZ OBE
  6 February 1990 11 December 2004 Athletics coach
6 Dame Ann Ballin
ONZ DBE
3 June 2002 2 September 2003 Psychologist
7 The Lord Cooke of Thorndon
ONZ KBE PC QC
3 June 2002 30 August 2006 Jurist
8 Sir Hugh Kāwharu
ONZ
3 June 2002 19 September 2006 Māori leader
9 Sir Paul Reeves
ONZ GCMG GCVO QSO KStJ
  6 February 2007 14 August 2011 Anglican bishop and governor-general
10 Sir Owen Woodhouse
ONZ KBE DSC PC
  6 February 2007 15 April 2014 Jurist
11 Sir Brian Lochore
ONZ KNZM OBE
  6 February 2007 3 August 2019 Rugby union
Honorary members
1 Bill Pickering
ONZ KBE
  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. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  5. ^ "ONZ Biographical Notes". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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