13 Jan 2017

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New Year Honours list recognises contribution to the arts

Creative New Zealand congratulates all those whose contributions to the arts have earned them recognition in the New Year Honours list for 2017.

ONZM (Officer of the Order)

Gaylene Ann Sciascia, of Porirua. For services to dance

Peter Jakob Ernst Heinrich Diessl, of Wellington. For services to music and philanthropy

Professor Robert Hans George Jahnke, of Palmerston North. For services to Māori art and education

MNZM (Member of the Order)

Lisa Maree Bates, of Auckland. For services to the arts and philanthropy

Derek Doddington, of Christchurch. For services to theatre

Dr Paula Joy Green, of Auckland. As a poet and for services to literature

Darrin Haimona, of Waharoa. For services to Māori and the arts

Bernadette Hall, of Amberley. For services to literature

Professor Anthony Phillip Mann. For services to literature and drama

Terence James McNamara, of Auckland. For services to the arts

Terence Valentine Parkes, of New Plymouth. For services to the arts, business and the community

Tangiwai Margaret Ria, of Gisborne. For services to Māori performing arts and the community

Heather Rima Te Wiata, of Auckland. For services to film and television

QSO (Companion of the Queen’s Order)

Joel Patrick Bolton, of Nelson. For services to music

QSM (Queen's Service Medal)

Basil Edwin Brooker, of Hastings. For services to music

Neville Raymond Cowles, of Oamaru. For services to music

James Gerard Jefferies, of Palmerston North. For services to local government, theatre and business

Lois Anita Livingston (deceased), of Hamilton. For services to local government and the arts

Catherine Flora Macdonald, of Gisborne. For services to music

Helen Gail McDonald Willberg, of Lower Hutt. For services to music

Dorothy-Anne Wilson, of Opotiki. For services to the arts and community

DSD (Distinguished Service Decoration)

Major Graham Ross Hickman. For service to the New Zealand Defence Force and brass bands

A full list of the New Year Honours 2017 is on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website (DPMC).


Celebrate and advocate for the arts through the Honours system

The Honours system is a chance to acknowledge the success of the wide range of people who make the arts thrive in this country.  We encourage you you to take some time to complete a nomination form and send it to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Consider the people who have made a real difference in the arts. This can cover a broad spectrum:

  • an artist
  • an arts administrator/producer
  • an arts philanthropist
  • arts and business people, including people in governance positions
  • people who make the arts happen in the community.

Not sure who to nominate?  Chat to your peers, colleagues and friends.

There is no closing date for nominations and Honours are announced twice a year, at Queen’s Birthday and in the New Year. Nomination forms are accepted throughout the year, but the processing and consideration of nominations is likely to take at least six months prior to the announcement of an honours list at Queen's Birthday or New Year. Nominations have now closed for the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017.