This morning 12 recipients received their insignia at Government House this morning, including Jim Schuster, a specialist carver, kowhaiwhai painter and tukutuku weaver. Mr Schuster has restored marae and wharenui across the country, and helped create tukutuku panels that are displayed in the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Shanelle Barrett received an MNZM for services to triathlon, having won her first competition at age 14 and then mentoring the next generation through the Weet-bix Kids Tryathlon. James Hazlett, Geoff Mayall, Neil Robbie and Stephen Shaw were honoured for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand, each having volunteered for the service in their communities.
You can find more images from this morning's ceremony in the Wellington Investitures 26 September 2023 AM image gallery.