27th March 2009
The recent announcement by the New Zealand Government of the return of titular honours is to be applauded. The restoration of knighthoods was supported by a groundswell of public opinion, and was indeed overdue. Thankfully the Government recognised this, and has returned the Royal Honours system to its pre-2000 state.
The decision to remove titles, such as Dame or Sir, had denied the community a public and enduring opportunity to celebrate success. The Monarchist League encouraged the Government to restore titular honours to recognise the contribution of outstanding individuals, thereby conveying a greater visibility than do post-nominal letters alone. Happily the advocates for the restoration of knighthoods eventually prevailed.