Twelve outstanding New Zealanders received their insignia at this morning’s investiture at Government House Wellington. Among them was Dame Helene Quilter, who was recognised for her 45 years in the Public Service, most recently as the Deputy Public Services Commissioner and Secretary of Defence. Pānia Papa was awarded an ONZM for services to Māori language education and broadcasting. Ms Papa was a lecturer of Māori Studies at Waikato University, presented and wrote te reo Māori educational shows, and oversaw the translation of the Māori Language Act in 2016. Nicky Hager also received an ONZM, for services to investigative journalism. Mr Hager has published seven books covering intelligence, the environment, military and politics. He was the first New Zealander to become a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism.
Further photos from this ceremony can be found here - Wellington Investitures 22 September 2023 AM