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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

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

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

Name Portrait Date of appointment Age Known for
Ordinary members
1 Dame Miriam Dell
ONZ DBE JP
Miriam Dell ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 6 February 1993 96 Women's welfare
2 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
ONZ CH DBE AC
Kiri Te Kanawa 2013 (cropped).jpg 17 June 1995 76 Opera singer
3 Sir Miles Warren
ONZ KBE
Miles Warren ONZ 2009 (cropped).jpg 17 June 1995 90–91 Architect
4 Jim Bolger
ONZ PC
Jim Bolger ONZ 2018 (cropped).jpg 31 December 1997 85 Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
5 Ken Douglas
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

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

Name Portrait Date of appointment Age Known for
Ordinary members
1 Dame Miriam Dell
ONZ 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).

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.

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