31 December 2007
New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill: My New Year Honours List
> LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill" > LAWS179: "Queen's Birthday Honours" My New Year Honours List for 2008: Principal Companion of the Order Dame Malvina Major, PCNZM DBE Distinguished Companions of the Order Ta (Sir) Edward Durie, DCNZM Sir Peter Gluckman, DCNZM, CNZM Dame Margaret Shields, DCNZM, QSO, JP Sir Peter Siddell, DCNZM, QSO Sir Kenneth Stevens, DCNZM. For the reasons I've previously outlined, I favour the retention of titular titles under our indigenous system of honours. My draft Bill provides for the restoration of titular titles, including Te Reo equivalent appellations. > New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill [pdf] Compare the list above (with titular titles) to the list in the papers today. The inclusion of the titular title is more prestigious and commensurate with the honour being awarded. Most Kiwis would have been aware that Dame Malvina Major had previously been honoured because of the appellation she is entitled to use. But the new Distinguished Companions will not get similar recognition.