The Wellington King’s Birthday Investiture ceremonies began at Government House this morning, with eleven recipients being recognised. Among them was Ralph Sims, who is Professor Emeritus, Sustainable Energy and Climate Mitigation at Massey University, who rose to prominence developing biodesel from animal fats and helping establish New Zealand’s first energy efficiency and renewable strategy. He was part of a team that wrote reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of which one won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Ms Miraka Norgate was awarded a QSM for services to the community. Ms Norgate helped establish the Waimea Kōhanga Reo in 1984, and is Kuia for all Kohanga Reo in the Nelson-Tasman area. She is also involved with the Nelson Cancer Society and the Nelson Bays Primary Health Māori Committee. Congratulations to all of this morning's recipients.
Image gallery: Wellington Investiture 19 September 2023 AM