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Royal honours were awarded in New Zealand from the very beginning of settlement. Governor, George Edward Grey received the first honour granted to a New Zealand resident, becoming a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, in 1848. The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand The Governor-General of New Zealand is the representative in the Realm of New Zealand of the Queen of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II, and as such is the highest office in the Government of New Zealand. ... George Edward Grey Statue of Sir George Grey in Albert Park, Auckland For other men with a similar name, see George Grey or George Gray Sir George Edward Grey KCB (April 14, 1812–September 19, 1898) was a soldier, explorer, Governor of South Australia, twice Governor of New Zealand, Governor... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ...


For more than a hundred years the unadulterated British honours system was used for New Zealand. In 1975, after a review of the system, two uniquely New Zealand honours were integrated into it: the Queen's Service Order, and its affiliated Medal. In 1987, the Order of New Zealand was instituted as the supreme New Zealand honour. Finally, in 1995 – 1996, a further review of the system resulted in the termination of awards of almost all British honours and the creation of a multi-tiered New Zealand Order of Merit to replace them.


Locally awarded Knighthoods and Damehoods were initially retained in the upper tiers, but later discontinued after 2000, however, honours personally awarded by the Queen (Dynastic Orders of Knighthood) were not affected, thus New Zealanders are still eligible for membership in the Order of the Garter, Order of the Thistle, Royal Victorian Order, and the Order of Merit (see [[1]])— theoretically making knighthoods still possible in the New Zealand Honours System although future awards are unlikely. This article is about the year 2000. ... Dynastic Orders of Knighthood are a category of order belonging to the heraldic patrimony of a dynasty, often held by ancient right. ... The Garter is the most recognizable insignia of the Order of the Garter. ... James VII ordained the modern Order. ... Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... For other Orders see Order of Merit (disambiguation). ...


The appellations "The Right Honourable" and "The Honourable" strictly are not honours but distinctions made to certain people due to King or Queen's trust in them (e g the saluation in official correspondence as the "right trusty and well – beloved cousin A.B."). The Right Honourable (abbreviated The Rt Hon. ... The prefix The Honourable or The Honorable ( or formerly The Honble) is a title of quality attached to the names of certain classes of persons. ...


Orders

The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded civilian honour in New Zealand; in heraldic terms, it is a first-level honour. Below it is the New Zealand Order of Merit, its position in the heraldic hierarchy is unclear. Below that lie the Queen's Service Order (a fourth-level honour) and the Queen's Service Medal (a sixth-level honour). Both of the latter are awarded either "for Community Service" or "for Public Service". Heraldry is the art and science of designing, displaying, describing and recording coats-of-arms (also referred to as armorial bearings or simply as arms). Its origins lie in the need to distinguish participants in battles or jousts, whose faces were hidden by steel helmets. ... Companions Badge of the New Zealand Order of Merit The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Principal Companion (PCNZM) (formerly Knight or Dame... Male Companions Badge of the Queens Service Order for Community Service The Queens Service Order was established by Queen Elizabeth II on 13 March 1975. ...


The Orders ranked by precedence, are as follows: An order of precedence is a sequential hierarchy of nominal importance of people; it is used by many organizations and governments. ...

NB: The Queen's Service Order also has an affiliated Medal

In the reorganisation of the New Zealand honours system in 1996, the honours of the Order of the Bath, Order of St Michael and St George, Order of the British Empire, Order of the Companions of Honour and Knight Bachelor were replaced as follows: The Garter is the most recognizable insignia of the Order of the Garter. ... For other Orders see Order of Merit (disambiguation). ... Badge of the Order of New Zealand The Order of New Zealand is the highest locally awarded honour in the New Zealand Honours System. ... For other Orders see Order of Merit (disambiguation). ... The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order. ... Companions Badge of the New Zealand Order of Merit The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Principal Companion (PCNZM) (formerly Knight or Dame... Victoria founded the Royal Victorian Order. ... Male Companions Badge of the Queens Service Order for Community Service The Queens Service Order was established by Queen Elizabeth II on 13 March 1975. ... The Imperial Service Order was established by King Edward VII in August 1902. ... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these... The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order. ... The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. ...

  1. Knight Grand Companion and Principal Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit, and the Order of New Zealand:
    • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
    • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
    • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
    • Companion of Honour
  2. Knight Companion and Distinguished Companion in the Order of New Zealand:
    • Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
    • Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
    • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
    • Knight Bachelor
  3. Companion of the Order of New Zealand:
    • Companion of the Order of the Bath
    • Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    • Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  4. Queen's Service Order and Officer of the Order of New Zealand:
    • Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  5. Member of the Order of New Zealand:
    • Member of the Order of the British Empire
Source: Press release of 2 May 1996 at the New Zealand Executive Government News Release Archive (govt.nz). Accessed 28 February 2006.

Knights in the New Zealand Order of Merit were and remain entitled to use 'Sir' or 'Dame' as appropriate, and the wife of such a knight who uses her husband's surname is entitled to the courtesy title 'Lady'. Now that the knightly grades of the Order have been re-organised, no locally awarded honour now carries a title; those who hold honours from previous systems remain entitled to use their titles.


Other honours and appointments

  • Other orders, decorations and medals which do not carry titles, but entitle the holder to place post nominals after his or her name. There are also a small number of Royal Family Orders.
  • The Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem (founded 1888). Although it is an independent order of chivalry, though it is officially sanctioned by virtue of the fact that the Queen is the Sovereign of the Order. The Governor-General of New Zealand is the Prior in New Zealand. The members of this semi-official order can wear the Order's insignia, but do not receive any titles of Knighthood or use any post-nominal letters.
  • Peerage, Baronetcy and Knighthood ("plain" knighthood or Knight Bachelor) have been all but discontinued in New Zealand. In the past numerous high-ranking New Zealand government figues (usually Governors-General) of both British and New Zealand extraction were awarded these distinctions, however since the 1970s they have been ignored.

See: British honours system: Other honours and appointments This article concerns British and Commonwealth of Nations orders and decorations awarded by the British Sovereign. ... Post-nominal letters are letters placed after the name of an individual to indicate that that individual holds a position, office, or honour. ... This page deals with the order after its revival in the 19th century. ... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand The Governor-General of New Zealand is the representative in the Realm of New Zealand of the Queen of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II, and as such is the highest office in the Government of New Zealand. ... The dignity of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. ... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand The Governor-General of New Zealand is the representative in the Realm of New Zealand of the Queen of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II, and as such is the highest office in the Government of New Zealand. ... The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ...


References

  • Brash plans to bring back knighthoods, New Zealand Herald, retreived 5 September 2005
  • Brash call for knighthoods 'living in past', Dominion Post, retreived 5 September 2005

See also

This article concerns British and Commonwealth of Nations orders and decorations awarded by the British Sovereign. ... State decorations are orders, medals and other decorations granted by a sovereign state. ...

External links

  • The Honours Secretariat of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • State decorations: gallantry and bravery awards; military campaign and commemorative medals.
  • MSM Awards - NZ Awards

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