Opie Bosson, one of New Zealand’s most successful jockeys, and touch rugby player Peter Walters, known internationally as “Mr Touch”, were among the eight recipients receiving their insignia at Government House Auckland. Opie Bosson has won 91 Group 1 races, and broke the New Zealand record for Group 1 race wins in 2019. Mr Walters is the most capped player in touch rugby, and founded Galaxy Touch Club, the largest touch rugby club worldwide.
Kendal Collins received an MNZM for services to youth. Ms Collins is CEO of Sisters United New Zealand, which is an organisation that develops young Pasifika women leaders through dance, music, spoken word and art. Congratulations to all of this morning’s recipients.