Order of New Zealand

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Order of New Zealand
Onz.jpg
Badge of the Order of New Zealand
Awarded by Sovereign of New Zealand
TypeOrder
EligibilitySubjects of the Crown
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 induction31 December 2020
Total inductees46 Ordinary members
18 Additional members
2 Honorary members
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of Merit
Next (lower)New Zealand Order of Merit
Order of New Zealand ribbon.png
Ribbon of the 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 on 6 February 1987. The order is modelled on the British Order of Merit and Order of the Companions of Honour.[1]

Composition[edit]

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).

Insignia[edit]

The Queen of New Zealand wearing the insignia of the Sovereign of the Order of New Zealand

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 members[edit]

Name Portrait Date of appointment Age Known for
Ordinary members
1 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
ONZ CH DBE AC
Kiri Te Kanawa 2013 (cropped).jpg 17 June 1995 78 Opera singer
2 Sir Miles Warren
ONZ KBE
Miles Warren ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 17 June 1995 93 Architect
3 Jim Bolger
ONZ PC
Jim Bolger ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 31 December 1997 86 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
4 Ken Douglas
ONZ
Ken Douglas ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 31 December 1998 86 Trade union leader
5 Cardinal Tom Williams
ONZ ChStJ
Tom Williams ONZ 2007 (cropped).jpg 5 June 2000 92 Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Wellington
6 Jonathan Hunt
ONZ PC
Jonathan Hunt ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 31 December 2004 83 Former Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
7 Sir Lloyd Geering
ONZ GNZM CBE
Lloyd Geering 2020 (cropped).jpg 30 December 2006 104 Theologian
8 Sir Kenneth Keith
ONZ KBE QC PC
Kenneth Keith ONZ 2007 (cropped).jpg 4 June 2007 84 Judge of International Court of Justice
9 Sir Don McKinnon
ONZ GCVO PC
Don McKinnon ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 31 December 2007 83 Former Commonwealth Secretary-General
10 Sir Murray Halberg
ONZ MBE
Murray Halberg ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 2 June 2008 88 Olympic runner
11 Helen Clark
ONZ SSI PC
Helen Clark 2010 (cropped).jpg 31 December 2009 72 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
12 Sir Bob Charles
ONZ KNZM CBE
Bob Charles (cropped).jpg 31 December 2010 86 Golfer
13 Albert Wendt
ONZ CNZM
Albert Wendt ONZ (cropped).jpg 3 June 2013 82 Writer
14 Sir Ron Carter
ONZ KNZM
Ron Carter ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 2 June 2014 86 Businessman
15 Sir Peter Gluckman
ONZ KNZM
Peter Gluckman ONZ 2020 (cropped).jpg 1 June 2015 73 Scientist
16 Richie McCaw
ONZ
Richie McCaw ONZ (cropped).jpg 31 December 2015 41 Rugby union
17 Joy Cowley
ONZ DCNZM OBE
Joy Cowley ONZ (cropped).jpg 30 December 2017 85 Writer
18 Sir Mason Durie
ONZ KNZM
Mason Durie ONZ (cropped).jpg 31 December 2020 83 Psychiatrist
19 Dame Anne Salmond
ONZ DBE
Anne Salmond ONZ (cropped).jpg 31 December 2020 76 Historian
20 Vacant
Additional members
1 Michael Duffy
ONZ
Michael Duffy.jpg 6 February 1990 84 Former Attorney-General of Australia
2 C. K. Stead
ONZ CBE
Karl Stead ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 6 February 2007 89 Writer
3 Dame Margaret Bazley
ONZ DNZM
Margaret Bazley ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 4 June 2012 84 Public servant
4 Sir Peter Jackson
ONZ KNZM
Peter Jackson ONZ (cropped).jpg 4 June 2012 60 Film director
5 Dame Malvina Major
ONZ GNZM DBE
Malvina Major ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 4 June 2012 79 Opera singer
Honorary members
1 Sir Shridath Ramphal
ONZ OE GCMG OCC AC QC
Shridath Ramphal.JPG 6 February 1990 93 Former Commonwealth Secretary-General
  • Officers:
    • Secretary and Registrar: Michael L. C. Webster.[2][3]

Deceased members[edit]

Name Portrait Date of appointment Date of death Known for
Ordinary members
1[n 1] Sir Arnold Nordmeyer
ONZ KCMG
Arnold Nordmeyer (1954).jpg 6 February 1987 2 February 1989 Minister of Finance
2 C. E. Beeby
ONZ CMG
Clarence Edward Beeby (crop).jpg 6 February 1987 10 March 1998 Educationalist
3 Dame Te Atairangikaahu
ONZ DBE OStJ
Te Atairangikaahu (1975).jpg 6 February 1987 15 August 2006 Māori Queen (Kīngitanga)
4 Sir Edmund Hillary
KG ONZ KBE
Edmund Hillary, c. 1953, autograph removed.jpg 6 February 1987 11 January 2008 First official ascent of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay in 1953
5 Sonja Davies
ONZ JP
6 February 1987 12 June 2005 Trade union leader and politician
6 Jim Knox
ONZ JP
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
June Blundell ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 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
Whina Cooper in Hamilton.jpg 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
Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan ONZ 2007 (cropped).jpg 6 February 1993 20 July 2011 Politician
16 Margaret Mahy
ONZ
Margaret Mahy at the Kaiapoi Club, 27 July 2011, smiling (digitally altered).jpg 6 February 1993 23 July 2012 Children's author
17 Dame Miriam Dell
ONZ DBE JP
Miriam Dell ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 6 February 1993 22 March 2022 Women's welfare
18 Sir Thaddeus McCarthy
ONZ KBE
6 February 1994 11 April 2001 President of the Court of Appeal
19 Sir Roy McKenzie
ONZ KBE
Sir Roy Allan McKenzie.jpg 17 June 1995 1 September 2007 Philanthropist
20 Sir James Fletcher
ONZ
2 June 1997 29 August 2007 Industrialist
21 Ivan Lichter
ONZ
2 June 1997 15 June 2009 Surgeon
22 Cliff Whiting
ONZ
Cliff Whiting ONZ 2007 (cropped).jpg 31 December 1998 16 July 2017 Artist
23 Mike Moore
ONZ AO PC
New Zealand Ambassador Mike Moore Visits Governor 1 (cropped).jpg 31 December 1999 2 February 2020 Prime Minister
24 Alan MacDiarmid
ONZ
Alan MacDiarmid 2005.017.004e crop.tif 31 December 2001 7 February 2007 Chemist, Nobel laureate
25 David Lange
ONZ CH PC
David Lange (1992).jpg 2 June 2003 13 August 2005 Prime Minister
26 Dame Doreen Blumhardt
ONZ DNZM CBE
Doreen Blumhardt ONZ 2007 (cropped).jpg 30 December 2006 17 October 2009 Ceramicist
27 Ralph Hotere
ONZ
Ralph Hotere (cropped).jpg 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
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother portrait.jpg 6 February 1990 30 March 2002 Mother of Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
4 Janet Frame
ONZ CBE
6 February 1990 29 January 2004 Author
5 Arthur Lydiard
ONZ OBE
Arthur Lydiard.jpg 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
Hugh Kawharu (cropped).jpg 3 June 2002 19 September 2006 Māori leader
9 Dame Catherine Tizard
ONZ GCMG GCVO DBE QSO DStJ
Cath Tizard ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 3 June 2002 31 October 2021 Governor-General of New Zealand
10 Sir Paul Reeves
ONZ GCMG GCVO QSO KStJ
Paul Reeves ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 6 February 2007 14 August 2011 Anglican bishop and governor-general
11 Sir Owen Woodhouse
ONZ KBE DSC PC
Owen Woodhouse ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 6 February 2007 15 April 2014 Jurist
12 Sir Brian Lochore
ONZ KNZM OBE
Brian Lochore ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 6 February 2007 3 August 2019 Rugby union
13 The Duke of Edinburgh
KG KT OM ONZ GCVO GBE AK QSO PC
Prince Phillip of Edinburgh.jpg 4 June 2012 9 April 2021 Consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand
Honorary members
1 Bill Pickering
ONZ KBE
Bill Pickering 1964 (cropped).jpg 2 June 2003 15 March 2004 Rocket scientist

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Order of New Zealand". Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  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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