This morning at Government House Wellington, Dame Cindy presented insignia to 11 further recipients of Royal New Zealand Honours. Among them was Dr Ruth Spearing, who served as Consultant Haematologist at Christchurch Hospital from 1989 to 2020 and Clinical Director of the Department of Haematology with Canterbury District Health Board for six years. Her research has resulted in a significant increase in survival rates from blood cancers and helped to establish pioneering treatments internationally. Mr Fa’amoana Luafutu was also recognised for his services to the arts and the Pacific community, having co-written the play 'A Boy Called Piano', which tells the story of his time in state care in the 1960s, and was subsequently adapted into an award-winning feature documentary. Sincerest congratulations to all of today's recipients.
Further photos from today's ceremony can be found here - Wellington Investitures 20 September 2023 AM