Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Titles discontinued

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that the Queen has approved the recommendation of the government to discontinue in future the titles of Sir and Dame in the New Zealand honours system.

"This decision will bring our honours system fully into line with the main recommendations of the 1995 report of the Prime Minister's Honours Advisory Committee," Helen Clark said.

"I agree with the Advisory Committee that Knight and Damehoods overshadow not only our highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, but also a large number of other awards given for an extraordinary variety of services to a wide cross-section of the community."

The report of the Advisory Committee said the Committee "finally came to a consensus that though forgoing titles would be a break with a tradition many valued, our own developing traditions, the strengthening of our own cultural and national identity, and the argument for New Zealanders to be honoured in a distinctive New Zealand way, tipped the scales against titular honours in any of New Zealand's own orders".

The Prime Minister said that the review committee recommended that we have our own system.

"As a result, the use of British awards such as the Order of the British Empire was discontinued, and we now have our own structure of the Order of New Zealand, the New Zealand Order of Merit, the Queen's Service Order and Medal, and the recently instituted New Zealand Gallantry and Bravery Awards.

"Public submissions to the Advisory Committee showed overwhelming support for the continuation of an honours system, and were in favour of a New Zealand system, with its own distinctive character. The public wanted more awards based on merit rather than a recognition of office, and that there should be a more even spread of awards across the community.

"The removal of titles completes the work of the Committee in replacing a mixed honours system with a wholly New Zealand system."

The Prime Minister said the decision to discontinue knight and damehoods would be put into effect before the Queen's Birthday honours to be announced on 5 June. These changes will be applied to future recipients only; all current knights and dames, including those of the New Zealand Order of Merit, will retain their existing titles.

ENDS

Background information attached. General information about the New Zealand honours system can be found on www.dpmc.govt.nz under Honours Secretariat.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages