the ORDER OF NEW ZEALAND recipients
the ORDER of NEW ZEALAND is the highest honour in New Zealand's honours system, created "to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity". It was instituted on 6 February 1987.
Modelled on the British Order of Merit and the Order of the Companions of Honour, the order has a maximum ordinary membership of 20 and its Sovereign, though there are also "additional" and "honorary" members not counted in the numerical limit. Members are entitled to the post-nominal letters "ONZ". 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.
the original list was taken from the Pro Patria Project
- some names at the site lead to bios
BALLIN Dame (Reubina) Ann, DBE
- Dame Reubina Ann Ballin, ONZ, DBE (20 February 1932 – 2 September 2003) was knighted for her contributions to the welfare of New Zealanders. She attended St Hilda's Collegiate School, Waikato Diocesan School, the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury (MA).
She was chairperson of the Victims’ Task Force from 1988 to 1993 and pioneered changes in the criminal justice system to ensure greater justice for victims of crime. From 1987 to 1995, she was Chairperson of the New Zealand Council for Recreation and was a member of the Hillary Commission on Recreation and Sport from 1987 to 1990. From 1987 to 1988, she was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy and during 1980 to 1982 Chairperson of the National Committee of the International Year of Disabled Persons.
- She died on 2 September 2003, aged 71, from undisclosed causes
BEEBY Clarence Edward, CMG, Dr
- Clarence Edward Beeby ONZ CMG (16 June 1902 – 10 March 1998), most commonly referred to as C.E. Beeby or simply Beeb, was a New Zealand educationalist, "described as the architect of our modern education system". Beeby's educational ethos is best summarised as "every person regardless of background or ability had a right to an education of a type for which they were best suited".
Beeby had an enormous influence of the development of the education system in New Zealand, first as a director of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NCER) from 1936, and then as Director of Education (head of the Ministry of Education) from 1940, initially under the First Labour Government. He also served as ambassador to France and on the UNESCO executive. He was honoured with a CMG in 1956, and was a foundation member of the Order of New Zealand. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Canterbury, University of Otago, and Victoria University of Wellington.
- Beeby's son was the distinguished New Zealand diplomat and international lawyer, Chris Beeby.
BENNETT, Manuhuia Augustus, Rt Rev, CMG
- Anglican Bishop of Aotearoa from 1968 to 1981. During this period and in his retirement he made a significant contribution to Maoridom, in particular as a Member of the Waitangi Tribunal.
BLUMHARDT Vera Dorren, Dr, DCNZM, CBE
- A pioneer of art education and was head of the Art Department of Wellington College of Education for over 20 years, Blumhardt's works are included in many overseas galleries and institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museo Gaccia in Switzerland as well as in her home nation of New Zealand.
She completed publications on craft, including New Zealand Potters: Their Work and Words and Craft New Zealand, the Art of the Craftsman (1981), which won the Watties Book of the Year award.
In 2003, she set up the Blumhardt Foundation, which was established to foster, support, collect, and display the best examples of decorative arts and design in New Zealand. Every year, the Foundation, TheNewDowse (previously The Dowse Art Museum), and Creative New Zealand offer a Cultural Internship, providing opportunities for artists to nurture curatorial interest and expertise in the areas of decorative arts and design
- She died on 17 October 2009, aged 95.
BLUNDELL June Daphne, Lady, QSO
- June Daphne Halligan, Lady Blundell, ONZ, QSO, GCStJ (born 1921), is the widow of Sir Denis Blundell (the former Governor-General of New Zealand) known for her community and welfare work.
She is active within The Order of St John. She was Vice-Patron and later Patron of the St John Northern Region Branch and has had a devoted interest in St John Youth. She was admitted as a Commander of the Order of St John in 1972 and was later made a Dame of Grace of the Order in 1988. In 2004 she appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Order.
She has been involved in the Cancer Foundation of New Zealand for many years. She was the founding Patron of the Child Cancer Foundation and contributed to the instigation of CanTeen. She has also been involved with the Homai College for the Blind, Save the Children New Zealand, and the Asthma Society of New Zealand
- She married Denis Blundell in 1945; they had a son and a daughter. Sir Denis Blundell died in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, in 1984
BOLGER James Brendan 'Jim', Rt Hon
- (born 31 May 1935 in Opunake, Taranaki) was the 35th Prime Minister of New Zealandfrom 1990 to 1997. Bolger was elected on the promise of delivering a "Decent Society" following the previous Labour government's economic reforms, known as Rogernomics. Shortly after taking office, his government was forced to bail out the Bank of New Zealandand as a result reneged on a number of promises made during the election campaign. His term in office saw the introduction of the MMP electoral system in 1996
CLARK Helen Elizabeth, Rt Hon
- (born 26 February 1950) is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the third-highest UN position and was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. To date she is the fifth longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand. She led the Labour Party from 1993 until it lost the 2008 general election. Before resigning from Parliament in April 2009, Clark was Labour's foreign affairs spokeswoman and MP for the Mount Albert electorate which she had held since 1981. Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006
CLUTHA (Janet FRAME) Nene Janet Paterson, CBE
- (28 August 1924 - 29 January 2004), Janet wrote eleven novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, an edition of juvenile fiction, and three volumes of autobiography during her lifetime. Since her death, a twelfth novel, a second volume of poetry, and a handful of short stories have been released. Frame's celebrity is informed by her dramatic personal history as well as her literary career. Following years of psychiatric hospitalisation, Frame was scheduled for a lobotomythat was canceled when, just days before the procedure, her debut publication of short stories was unexpectedly awarded a national literary prize. These dramatic personal experiences feature prominently in Frame's autobiographical trilogy and director Jane Campion's popular film adaptation of the texts, with recognisably autobiographical elements further resurfacing in many of her fictional publications . Characterised by scholar Simone Oettli as a writer who simultaneously sought fame and anonymity, Frame eschewed the dominant New Zealand literary realism of the post-war era, combining prose, poetry, and modernist elements with a magical realist style, garnering numerous local literary prizes despite mixed critical and public reception.
COOKE Sir Robin Brunskill, Rt Hon, Lord Cooke of Thorndon, KBE, PC
- Robin Brunskill Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, ONZ, KBE, QC, PC (9 May 1926 - 30 August 2006) born in Wellington , was a New Zealand judge and later a member of the British House of Lords. Prior to reaching the age of 75 he was a Lord of Appeal and a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He is widely considered New Zealand's greatest jurist, and is the only New Zealand judge to have sat in the House of Lords
COOPER Dame Whina, DBE, JP
- Dame Whina Cooper ONZ DBE (9 December 1895 – 26 March 1994), was born Hohewhina Te Wake, daughter of Heremia Te Wake of the Te Rarawa iwi, at Te Karaka, Hokianga,
- Whina Cooper returned to Panguru in the Hokianga in 1983 and died there, aged 98, in 1994
CURNOW Thomas Allen Monro, CBE, Dr
- (17 June 1911 – 23 September 2001) was a New Zealand poet and journalist. Curnow was born in Timaru and educated at Christchurch Boys' High School, Canterbury University, and Auckland University. He then taught English at Auckland University from 1950 to 1976. The son of a fourth generation New Zealander, an Anglican clergyman, and he grew up in a religious family.
DAVIES Sonja Margaret Loveday, JP Nurse, labour activist, women’s rights activist, politician, peace campaigner
- born on 11 November 1923 in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt. Her mother, Gwladys Ilma Vile, was a state-registered nurse; her father was Gerald DEMPSEY, an army major from Cork, Ireland. Sonja did not learn his identity until she was 20, and never contacted him. As a baby, she had four foster homes before her mother took her to her grandparents, Margaret and Arthur VILE. They cared for her in Oamaru, then in Woodville, until she was seven, when she was sent to Wellington to live ‘on sufferance’ with her mother, her new sister, Beverley, and her stepfather, Douglas MacKERSEY, a divorced photographer. A move to Dunedin enabled her to meet her maternal great-grandmother, Maria MOUAT, but she did not discover her Ngai Tahu links (through Maria) until later in life.
DELL, Dame Miriam Patricia, DBE, JP
- Dame Miriam Patricia Dell, ONZ, DBE (born 1924) was a founding member of the Hutt Valley Branch of the National Council of Women (NCW). Dell became National President of the Council in 1970.
In 1974 she became chairperson of the Committee on Women and was coordinator for International Women's Year, attending as a member of the New Zealand Government delegation at all three of the U.N. Conferences for the Decade of Women.
DOUGLAS Kenneth George
- The Queen has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of the New Year, to give Orders for the following appointment to The Order of New Zealand O.N.Z. To be a Member of the said Order:
Kenneth George DOUGLAS, of Porirua.
Dated at Wellington this 31st day of December 1998.
DUFFY Michael John , The Hon (Australia)
- (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, he was appointed to the Order of New Zealand in recognition of work on the Closer Economic Relations agreement between Australia and 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
FLETCHER Sir James Muir Cameron
- (25 December 1914 – 29 August 2007), often known as Jim or JC Junior, was a New Zealand industrialist known for heading Fletcher Construction, one of the countries' largest firms. His father, Sir James Fletcher (Senior), founded the company in 1908.
- born at Dunedin, New Zealand on Christmas Day 1914. He was James Senior's second son.
In 1942, the year Sir James became head of Fletcher Holdings, he married Vaughan GUNTHORP, his office assistant. They had three children - Jim, Angus Fletcher and Hugh Fletcher. Their eldest son Jim was killed by an intruder at his Bay of Plenty bach (holiday home) on New Year's Eve 1993. Angus married Christine Fletcher, former Minister of the Crown and Mayor of Auckland, and Hugh now runs Fletcher Holdings
GEERING, Lloyd George, Em Prof, PCNZM, CBE, ONZ, GNZM, born 26 February 1918, is a New Zealand theologian, who faced charges of heresy in 1967 for his controversial views. He considers Christian and Muslim fundamentalism to be "social evils". Geering is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
- born in Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand and "embraced" the Christian tradition in 1937. He holds a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Otago and a master's degree in mathematics. He was a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) and turned to theological teaching in 1956.
In 1967 Geering gained a high profile when he was charged with "doctrinal error" and "disturbing the peace and unity of the (Presbyterian) church". The case was brought before the 1967 General Assembly of the PCANZ, and dismissed without being much discussed. The charges were brought by a group of conservative laymen and a conservative minister. During his church trial he claimed that the remains of Jesus lay somewhere in Palestine and that the resurrection had been wrongfully interpreted by churches as a resuscitation of the body of Jesus. He also rejects the notion that God is a supernatural being who created and continues to look over the world
HALBERG Sir Murray Gordon, MBE
- (born 7 July 1933 in Eketahuna) is a former New Zealand middle distance runner.
A rugby player in his youth, Halberg suffered a severe injury during a game, leaving his left arm crippled. The next year, he took up running, seemingly being only more motivated by his handicap.
In 1951, Murray met a man called Arthur Lydiard, who became his coach. Lydiard had been a famous long-distance runner, and he had very new ideas on the training of athletes.
HILLARY Sir Edmund Percival, KG, KBE
- (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008), was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953 at the age of 33, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest – see Timeline of climbing Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
- (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002) was the Queen consort of King George VI from 1936 until her husband's death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother,to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. She was the last Queen consort of Ireland and Empress consort of India.
- Born into a family of Scottish nobility as The Honourable Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon when her father inherited the Earldom of Strathmore and Kinghornein 1904. She came to prominence in 1923 when she married Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary.
KAWHARU (Ian) Hugh, Prof, Sir
- (18 February 1927 - 19 September 2006) was a distinguished academic and paramount chief of the Ngati Whaua Māori tribe.
Born in Ashburton, New Zealand, he attended Auckland Grammar School. He gained a BSc in geology and physics from the University of Auckland, a MA in anthropology from Cambridge University and a MLitt and DPhil from Oxford University.
KEITH, Kenneth James, Rt Hon, KBE
- (born 19 November 1937) is a New Zealand judge appointed to the International Court of Justice in November 2005.
Keith was educated at the Auckland Grammar School and studied law at the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, and Harvard Law School. He was a member of the faculty of Victoria University from 1962 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1991. He served in the New Zealand Department of External Affairs during the early 1960s, and as a member of the United Nations Secretariat from 1968 to 1970. After this, he served as the Director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs and as president of the New Zealand Law Commission. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on the Electoral System which was key in changing New Zealand's electoral system. In 1993 he was a member of the Working Party on the Reorganisation of the Income Tax Act 1976 which was instrumental in launching a fundamental reform the way New Zealand tax legislation was written.
KNOX Walter James 1919–1991 Truck driver, watersider, trade unionist
- Walter James Knox was born in Auckland on 6 March 1919, the son of Doris May Dodds and Walter William Knox, who married in 1921. He grew up in the tough, working-class suburb of Freemans Bay. His father found work as a watersider, fireman and electrician, but was also frequently unemployed. Like many others, his family often had to move from house to house to avoid bailiffs demanding rent. This harsh upbringing had a big influence on Jim’s life. He was proud to be a ‘Bay boy’: ‘It made me see that I wasn’t going to receive anything without some form of struggle’. He also learnt the importance of loyalty and solidarity: ‘If you had half a loaf of bread you shared it with your friends. That gave me an understanding of what it meant to be a trade unionist’
LANGE, David Russell, Right Hon, CH
- (who pronounced his name long-ee) (4 August 1942 – 13 August 2005), served as the 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. He headed New Zealand's fourth Labour Government, one of the most reforming administrations in his country's history, but one which did not always conform to traditional expectations of a social-democrat party. He had a reputation for cutting wit (sometimes directed against himself) and eloquence. His government implemented far-reaching free-market reforms. Helen Clark has described New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation as his legacy
LANG, Henry George, CB 1919–1997, Public servant, economist, university professor, company director
- Heinrich Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, on 3 March 1919, one of two sons of Robert Lang, a hardware manufacturer, and his wife, Anna SSCHWITZER. His parents subsequently divorced and in 1935 his mother married Ernst Anton PLISCHKE, an architect. Heinrich was educated at the Akademisches Gymnasium in Vienna, matriculating in 1937. He also completed one year of military service. His mother was Jewish, and after the German occupation of Austria in 1938 the family emigrated to New Zealand, arriving in May 1939. They settled in Wellington, where Ernst Plischke became prominent in introducing modernism into local architecture. Heinrich soon took the name Henry George Lang.
LICHTER, Ivan, Dr
- (1912 - 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 on 2 June 1997
LILBURN Douglas Gordon, Em Prof
- (2 November 1915 – 6 June 2001) was a New Zealand composer
- He was born in Wanganui. He attended Waitaki Boys' High School from 1930 to 1933, before moving to Christchurch to study journalism and music at Canterbury University College (then part of the University of New Zealand) (1934–36). In 1937 he began studying at the Royal College of Music, London. He was tutored in composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams and remained at the College until 1939. The two men remained close: in later years Lilburn would send Vaughan Williams gifts of New Zealand honey, knowing that the older man was fond of it
LOCHORE, Sir Brian James, KNZM, OBE
- (born 3 September 1940 in Masterton, New Zealand) is a former rugby union footballer and coach who represented and captained the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks. He played at number 8 and lock, as well as captaining the side 46 times (18 of those tests). In 1999, Lochore was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
LYDIARD, Arthur Leslie, OBE
- (July 6, 1917 – December 11, 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 popularizing the sport of running and making it commonplace across the sporting world. His training methods are based on a strong endurance base and periodisation.
MacDIAMID, Alan Graham, Prof
- (April 14, 1927 – February 7, 2007) was a chemist, and one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000.
- He was born in Masterton, New Zealand as one of five children - three brothers and two sisters. His family was relatively poor, and the Great Depression made life difficult in Masterton, due to which his family shifted to Lower Hutt, a few miles from Wellington, New Zealand. At around age ten, he developed an interest in chemistry from one of his father's old textbooks, and he taught himself from this book and from library books. He was educated at Hutt Valley High School and Victoria University of Wellington
MAHY, Margaret May
- (born in Whakatane, New Zealand on 21 March 1936) is a well-known New Zealandauthor of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up. Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. She has written more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories.Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirateare considered national classics. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afrikaans. In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Icelandic
MATTHEWS, Richard 'Dick' Ellis Ford, Prof
- Richard (Dick) Ellis Ford Matthews was a distinguished plant virologist, a proud fourth-generation New Zealander, and a man of great energy, enthusiasm and scientific integrity. He pioneered the use of nucleotide analogues for interfering with virus infection; he showed the merits of turnip yellow mosaic virus as a model for studying many aspects of plant virology; he informed and influenced many aspiring plant virologists worldwide by his comprehensive textbook on the subject; and he led the drive to establish molecular biology in New Zealand.
McCARTHY, Thaddeus Pearcey, Rt Hon, Sir, KBE
- (1907 – 11 April 2001) was a New Zealand jurist.
McCarthy was educated at St Bede's College, Christchurch, and then studied law at Victoria University College, New Zealand and graduated in 1928. He was admitted as a solicitor only in 1929, completed an LLM degree (in 1930), and in 1931 was admitted as a barrister. He practised at the Wellingtonbar for 26 years until his appointment to the bench. Sir Thaddeus was in active service overseas during World War II.
McKENZIE, Sir Roy Allan, KBE
- (7 November 1922 – 1 September 2007) was a New Zealand horse breeder and racer, and was well known for his philanthropy.
McKenzie was the son of Sir John McKenzie, who founded the McKenzies retail chain. He was born in Wellingtonbut went to school at Timaru Boys' High Schooland attended the University of Otago. During World War II he served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Air Forceas a bomb aimer. He married Shirley Howard in 1948, and they had three children together. He was captain of the New Zealand ski team in the 1952 Winter Olympics; the first Winter Olympics that New Zealand entered.
McKINNON Donald Charles, Rt Hon
- (born 27 February 1939) is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. He was the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations from 2000 until 2008.
MOORE Michael Kenneth 'Mike, Rt Hon
- (known as Mike Moore, born 28 January 1949) is a politician from New Zealand who has served both as Prime Minister of New Zealandand Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He is the current New Zealand Ambassador to the United States
NORDMEYER Sir Arnold Henry, The Hon, KCMG
- (7 February 1901 – 2 February 1989), born Heinrich Arnold Nordmeyer, was a New Zealand politician. He was leader of the Labour Party for three years while it was in Opposition.
- born on 7 February 1901 in Dunedin, New Zealand. His father was a German immigrant, his mother was from Northern Ireland. He was educated at Waitaki Boys' High School, and at the University of Otago where he completed his BA. After graduating he studied theology, having always been highly religious. At university he became known for his skills in debating which were to serve him well in his later career
PICKERING, William Hayward, KBE, Dr
- (24 December 1910 — 15 March 2004) was a New Zealandborn 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
POWLES, Sir Guy Richardson, KBE, CMG, ED
- 1905–1994 Lawyer, soldier, diplomat, ombudsman, race relations conciliator
- he was born at Otaki, Horowhenua, on 5 April 1905, the son of Jessie Mary Richardson and her husband, Charles Guy Powles, a sawmiller. His father, who had fought in the South African War, was to serve with distinction in Palestine and France during the First World War, and became chief of staff of the New Zealand army in 1923. Guy attended Island Bay and Thorndon schools, and then Wellington College, where he was an enthusiastic senior cadet and became platoon commander. He joined the Territorial Force Regiment of New Zealand Artillery in 1923 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant three years later.
RAMPHAL Sir Shridath Surendranath, GCMG, AC, ONZ, OE, OM, QC, FRSA
- (born 3 October 1928, New Amsterdam, British Guiana) served as the second Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975-1990. Ramphal previously served as the Foreign Minister of Guyana from 1972-1975. He was born in Guyana to an Indo-Guyanese family.
REEVES Sir Paul Alfred, Rt Rev, The Hon, GCMG, GCVO, QSO
- (born December 6, 1932) was Archbishop and Primate of New Zealand from 1980 to 1985 and the 15th Governor-General of New Zealandfrom 22 November 1985 to 20 November 1990. He is the first, and current Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology.
SOMERVILLE, John Spenser, Very Rev, Dr, CMG, MC
- John Spencer Somerville (Jack) was born in 1910 at Anderson's Bay, Dunedin. He gained a Masters degree in English from the University of Otago in 1934. He then entered Knox College for three years of training at the Theological Hall of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, receiving his certificate of license in 1937. At Knox he met Basil Dowling, a life-long friend. From 1937 to 1938 he studied overseas, firstly at Westminster College, Cambridge and then at the University of St. Andrew's. On arrival at London he stayed with Philip Fowler, a friend from childhood until Fowler's death in 1985. Jack Somerville's first Ministry was at Tapanui in 1938.
STEAD, Christian Karlson, Prof, CBE
- 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 Novelwas 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.
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
Te ATAIRANGIKAAHU Te Arikinui Dame, DBE
- (b. July 23, 1931, Waahi Marae Huntly, N.Z. — d. Aug. 15, 2006, Ngaruawahia, near Hamilton, N.Z.), was the sixth and longest-serving monarch of the Kingitanga movement and the Maori people’s first reigning queen. She was born Piki Mahuta and succeeded her father, King Koroki Te Rata Mahuta Tawhiao, as the Maori sovereign after his death
Te KANAWA Dame Kiri Janette, DBE, AC
- born 6 March 1944, Gisborne, New Zealand as Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron. She has Maori and European ancestry, but little is known about her birth parents, as she was adopted as an infant by Thomas Te Kanawa, a Maori, and his wife, Nell)
- She is a New Zealand soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Acclaimed as one of the most beloved sopranos in both the United States and Britain she possesses a warm full lyric sopranovoice, singing a wide array of works in multiple languages from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
TIRIKATENE-SULLIVAN Tini Whetu Marama, The Hon
- (born 9 January 1932) is a former 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 is one of twenty holders of the Order of New Zealand, the highest honour of the country
- Whetu Marama Tirikatene excelled in dancing, winning the New Zealand Ballroom and Latin American Dancing Champion with her Australian partner Mr K. Mansfield, and was also accomplished in fencing, becoming one of the top four female fencers in the country
TIZARD Dame Catherine Anne, GCMG, GCVO, DBE, QSO
- (née Maclean; born 4 April 1931) was Mayor of Auckland City and the 16th Governor-General of New Zealand, the first woman to hold either office
- born to Scottish immigrants, Neil and Helen Maclean and grew up in Waharoa, near Matamata, in the Waikato region. Neil was a factory worker at the local Waharoa diary factory. She attended Matamata High School, and she gained a University Bursary in her final year, 1948 In 1949 Catherine enrolled at Auckland University College in Zoology.
TURNOVSKY, Frederick, OBE 1916–1994, Manufacturer, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts, community leader
- Bedrich (later known as Frederick) Turnovsky was born in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, on 28 December 1916, the second of two sons of Max Turnovsky, a manufacturing and retail jeweller, and his wife, Caroline Weiser. The Turnovskys had lived in or near Prague for centuries; the family name comes from Turnov, a small town 50 kilometres from Prague. The family was Jewish but non-religious. Max Turnovsky was bilingual in Czech and German, and, in the manner of the Czech bourgeoisie, Bedrich was sent to German-speaking schools. He, too, grew up bilingual, adding English and French while at school. His parents were not particularly musical but he became passionate about music from the age of seven when he attended his first opera.
WARREN, Sir (Frederick) Miles, KBE
- (born in Christchurch in 1929) is New Zealand's foremost modern architect. He apprenticed under Cecil Wood before studying architecture at The University of Auckland, eventually working at the London County Council where he was exposed to British New Brutalism. Upon returning to Christchurch, and forming the practice Warren & Mahoney, he was instrumental in developing the "Christchurch School" of architecture, an intersection between the truth-to-materials and structural expression that characterized Brutalism, and the low-key, Scandinavian and Japanese commitment to “straightforwardness". He retired from Warren & Mahoney in 1994, but continues to consult as an architect and maintain his historic home and garden at Ohinetahi.
WHITING Clifford Hamilton, Dr
- (born 6 May 1936) is a New Zealand Maori artist, heritage advocate and teacher. Whiting was born and raised in Te Kaha, New Zealand and is a member of the Te Whanau-a-Apanui tribe
WILLIAMS Thomas Stafford, His Emin Cardinal
- (born 20 March 1930) was the Fifth Archbishop of Wellington. He is a New Zealand Cardinal and now Archbishop Emeritus. His title is Cardinal-Priest of Gesù Divin Maestro alla Pineta Saccheti. He born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated at Holy Cross Primary School, Seatoun; SS Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt; St. Patrick's College, Wellington; and St. Kevin's College, Oamaru.
WOODHOUSE Sir Arthur Owen, Rt Hon, KBE, DSC
- (born 18 July 1916) is a New Zealand jurist and chair of government commissions.
- He was born in Napier and graduated from the University of Auckland with an LL.B. in 1940. During the World War II he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was then seconded to Royal Navy working as liaison officer with Yugoslav Partisan. By the end of the war he was serving as Naval Attaché at the British Embassy in Belgrade.