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.
|Order of New Zealand|
Badge of the Order of New Zealand
|Awarded by Sovereign of New Zealand|
|Eligibility||Citizens of New Zealand|
|Awarded for||Outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity|
|Sovereign||Queen Elizabeth II|
|First induction||6 February 1987|
|Last induction||30 December 2017|
|Total inductees||42 Ordinary members|
18 Additional members
2 Honorary members
|Next (higher)||Order of Merit|
|Next (lower)||New Zealand Order of Merit|
Ribbon of the Order of New Zealand
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. 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).
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.
|Member number||Name||Known for||Date of appointment||Age|
|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||83|
|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||81|
|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||79|
|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|
|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||86|
|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||57|
|7||Dame Malvina Major ONZ GNZM DBE||Opera singer||4 June 2012||76|
|1||Sir Shridath Ramphal OE GCMG OM AC QC||Former Commonwealth Secretary-General||6 February 1990||90|
|Country||Name||Date of appointment||Date of death||Known for|
|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||6 February 1988||19 February 1995||Microbiologist|
|9||Douglas Lilburn||6 February 1988||6 June 2001||Composer|
|10||June, Lady Blundell||6 February 1988||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|
|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|
|1||Bill Pickering||2 June 2003||15 March 2004||Rocket scientist|
The 2007 Special Honours in New Zealand was a Special Honours List, published on 6 February 2007, in which four appointments of additional members were made to the Order of New Zealand. The appointments were made by Elizabeth II in her right as Queen of New Zealand, on the advice of the New Zealand government, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Order.The recipients of honours are displayed here as they were styled before their new honour.Albert Wendt
Albert Tuaopepe Wendt (born 27 August 1939) is a Samoan poet and writer who lives in New Zealand. Among his works is Leaves of the Banyan Tree, published in 1979.Arnold Nordmeyer
Sir Arnold Henry Nordmeyer (7 February 1901 – 2 February 1989), born Heinrich Arnold Nordmeyer, was a New Zealand politician. He served as Minister of Finance (1957–1960) and later as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition (1963–1965).Arthur Lydiard
Arthur Leslie Lydiard (6 July 1917 – 11 December 2004) was a New Zealand runner and athletics coach. He has been lauded as one of the outstanding athletics coaches of all time and is credited with popularising the sport of running and making it commonplace across the sporting world. His training methods are based on a strong endurance base and periodisation.
Lydiard competed in the Men's Marathon at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, coming twelfth with a time of 2h:54m:51.6s.Lydiard presided over New Zealand's golden era in world track and field during the 1960s sending Murray Halberg, Peter Snell and Barry Magee to the podium at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Under Lydiard's tutelage Snell went on to double-gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Athletes subsequently coached by him or influenced by his coaching methods included such luminaries as Rod Dixon, John Walker, Dick Quax and Dick Tayler.
In the 1962 New Year Honours, Lydiard was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to sport. On 6 February 1990, Lydiard was the 17th appointee to the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest civil honour. He also became a life member of Athletics New Zealand in 2003.
Arthur Lydiard died 11 December 2004 of a suspected heart attack, in Texas, while on a lecture tour.Bill Pickering (rocket scientist)
William Hayward "Bill" Pickering (24 December 1910 – 15 March 2004) was a New Zealand-born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years, retiring in 1976. He was a senior NASA luminary and pioneered the exploration of space. Pickering was also a founding member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.Bob Charles (golfer)
Sir Robert James Charles (born 14 March 1936) is a New Zealand professional golfer. His achievements over five decades rank him among the most successful left-handed golfers of all time, being the first lefty to win a golf major, winning more than 70 titles, and beating his age twice during a tournament as a 71-year-old.
Although Charles plays golf left-handed, he is naturally right-handed.C. K. Stead
Christian Karlson "Karl" Stead (born 17 October 1932) is a New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism.One of Karl Stead's novels, Smith's Dream, provided the basis for the film Sleeping Dogs, starring Sam Neill; this became the first New Zealand film released in the United States. Mansfield: A Novel was a finalist for the 2005 Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize and received commendation in the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the South East Asia and South Pacific region. He won the 2010 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for 'Last Season’s Man'.C. K. Stead was born in Auckland. For much of his career he was Professor of English at the University of Auckland, retiring in 1986 to write full-time. He received a CBE in 1985 and was admitted into the highest honour New Zealand can bestow, the Order of New Zealand in 2007. In August 2015, he was named the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2015 to 2017.To celebrate the conclusion of CK Stead's term as Poet Laureate, the Alexander Turnbull Library published a signed, limited edition book of his work called In the mirror, and dancing. The little volume of poems was hand-pressed by Brendan O'Brien and illustrated with line sketches by New Zealand expatriate artist Douglas MacDiarmid. The book was launched on 8 August 2017 in Wellington, with the assistance of Gregory O'Brien. On 25 August 2017, Pasifika poet-scholar Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh was named the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017-2019.Douglas Lilburn
Douglas Gordon Lilburn (2 November 1915 – 6 June 2001) was a New Zealand composer.Ivan Lichter
Ivan Lichter, ONZ, FRCS (14 March 1918 – 12 June 2009) was a thoracic surgeon and a pioneer in the field of palliative care in New Zealand. He was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the country's highest honour and limited to 20 living people, on 2 June 1997.Jim Knox
Walter James Knox (6 March 1919 – 1 December 1991) was a leading New Zealand trade union leader. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 6 March 1919Knox worked as a truck driver and watersider, becoming involved in the 1951 waterside strike, and rose through the union ranks to become secretary of the Auckland District Woollen Mills Employees’ Union and vice president of the Auckland Trades Council in 1961. In 1969, Knox became secretary of the New Zealand Federation of Labour, working alongside the organisation’s president, Sir Tom Skinner.
On 6 February 1988, Knox was the seventh appointee to The Order of New Zealand.Jonathan Hunt (New Zealand politician)
Jonathan Lucas Hunt (born 2 December 1938) is a New Zealand politician, and was New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2005 to March 2008. He formerly served as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the Labour Party, and was until recently the longest-serving MP in Parliament. Hunt is a member of the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest civilian honour. Hunt was given the nickname the "Minister for Wine and Cheese" after his well-known liking of the combo.Michael Duffy (Australian politician)
Michael John Duffy (born 2 March 1938), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Holt from 1980 to 1996. He was Minister for Communications from 1983 to 1987, Minister for Trade Negotiations from 1987 to 1990 and the Attorney-General from 1990 to 1993.
On 6 February 1990, in recognition of work on the Closer Economic Relations agreement between Australia and New Zealand Duffy was the first Australian and fifteenth appointee to The Order of New Zealand.He retired from politics prior to the 1996 election.
Duffy is currently the chairman of the board of directors for Racing Victoria Limited.Murray Halberg
Sir Murray Gordon Halberg (born 7 July 1933) is a New Zealand former middle distance runner who won the gold medal in the 5000 metres event at the 1960 Olympics. He also won gold medals in the 3 miles events at the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games. He has worked for the welfare of children with disabilities since he founded the Halberg Trust in 1963.New Zealand Order of Merit
The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of merit in New Zealand's honours system. It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits", to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.
In the order of precedence, the New Zealand Order of Merit ranks immediately after the Order of New Zealand.Ralph Hotere
Hone Papita Raukura "Ralph" Hotere (11 August 1931 – 24 February 2013) was a New Zealand artist of Māori descent (Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa). He was born in Mitimiti, Northland and is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most important artists. In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Otago and in 2003 received an Icon Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
In the 2012 New Year Honours, Hotere was appointed to the Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand.Richard Matthews (microbiologist)
Richard Ellis Ford Matthews (20 November 1921 – 19 February 1995) was a New Zealand plant virologist.Sonja Davies
Sonja Margaret Loveday Davies (née Vile, 11 November 1923 – 12 June 2005) was a New Zealand trade unionist, peace campaigner, and Member of Parliament. On 6 February 1987 Davies was the third appointee to the Order of New Zealand.Thomas Williams (cardinal)
Thomas Stafford Williams ONZ ChStJ (born 20 March 1930) is a cardinal in the Catholic church and before his retirement in 2005 the fifth Archbishop of Wellington.Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan
Tini "Whetu" Marama Tirikatene-Sullivan (9 January 1932 – 20 July 2011) was a New Zealand politician. She was an MP from 1967 to 1996, representing the Labour Party. At the time of her retirement, she was the second longest-serving MP in Parliament, being in her tenth term of office. She was one of twenty holders of the Order of New Zealand, the highest honour of the country.
Members of the Order of New Zealand