Used to be on the Cabinet Committee that made the honours decisions. Always interesting. Often ten times as many nominations as slots available.
There was a big call involved in stopping knight and damehoods. In retrospect I don’t think Kiwis were ready for it. Doesn’t bode well for moving to a republic.
Always easy to criticise a list, for those who are there and those who are not. This one is no exception.
But this one has more individuals who I regard as personal friends than any I was involved in as a Minister. Over a dozen. All deserved. Feels a bit weird. And using Facebook to congratulate also different.