Ten recipients were welcomed to Government House Wellington this afternoon to receive their insignia, including former Member of Parliament Hon Ruth Dyson. Ruth Dyson, who retired from Parliament in 2020, was recognised for her time as an MP representing constituents in Christchurch, and holding Ministerial roles in the fifth and sixth Labour Government. It was noted the significant impact she had while Minister for Disability Issues, including helping recognise sign language as an official language of New Zealand.
Also being honoured was Sgt Andy Brooke, for services to search and rescue. Sgt Brooke has been with New Zealand Police since 1981 and is Officer in Charge of the Manawatu Police Search and Rescue Squad.