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New Zealand Honours

Our honours system is a way for New Zealand to say thanks and well done to those who have served and those who have achieved. We believe that such recognition is consistent with the egalitarian character of New Zealand society and enlivens and enriches it.

(Report of the Prime Minister's Honours Advisory Committee, September 1995)

Overview of the New Zealand Royal Honours System

The New Zealand Royal Honours system is a uniquely New Zealand system. The final honours lists are approved by The Queen of New Zealand. Learn more about the development of the New Zealand Royal Honours system.

The New Zealand Royal Honours system is administered by The Honours Unit that sits within Cabinet Office, which is a part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Learn more about the Honours Unit.

The New Zealand Royal Honours system is made up of the:

  • Order of New Zealand;
  • New Zealand Order of Merit;
  • Queen’s Service Order and associated Queen’s Service Medal;
  • New Zealand Bravery and Gallantry Awards;
  • New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration; and
  • New Zealand Antarctic Medal.

Making a Nomination

You can nominate someone for a New Zealand Royal Honour.
Nominations may be made by any person or persons by completing a nomination form.

Find out More

To learn more about how the Honours system works you can read the information on Nominations for Honours.

Contact for Enquiries

If you have any queries relating to the New Zealand Royal Honours System should contact the Honours Unit.

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