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.

2 comments:

Idiot/Savant said...

Screw that. If people want to be called "sir", then they should call a call-centre and talk to someone in customer service.

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more. Happy to have domestic titles (even I don't understand which one matches up with which) but getting rid of titles was just stupid. Cheers GPT

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"


This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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