August 3

Titles: overwhelming support


There has been  overwhelming support for the restoration of knighthoods among principal or distinguished companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit.   Almost eighty five per cent of these distinguished New Zealanders  decided to accept the title “ Sir “ or “Dame”.   Adam Ray  reported on New Zealand 3 TV news (1/8) that  All Black Colin Meads and Olympic runner Sir Peter Snell had accepted.

Not all of the fiteen per cent who decided not to accept a title did so because of any objection to the restoration of titles. The actor Sam Neill explained  that a title was not approriate at this stage of his life.

He said:  ‘‘All modesty aside, I find the idea of a title for myself just too grand at this time of my life,( “No sir: actor rejects titleMatt Theunissen, Sun Herald, 2 Auhgust,2009)  

The decision of the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to restore titles seems to have been well received.  When will Australia follow?

A video of The Queen at an investiture ceremony follows.



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