Property developers, retailers, fashion designers and other businesspeople were among those awarded New Year Honours by the Queen this year.
The honours are made by Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as the Queen of New Zealand, to recognise the achievements or service by New Zealanders or for New Zealand. Prime Minister John Key reinstated the awarding of knighthoods and damehoods to the New Zealand honours system in 2009 after previous Labour Prime Minster Helen Clark dropped them in 2000 in favour of local awards.
In the latest awards, Auckland businesswoman Alison Paterson and fashion designer Trelise Cooper were honoured as Dames while Hamilton businessman Peter Vela, who has fishing and thoroughbred horse interests, was among those awarded knighthoods.
Christchurch businessman Richard Ballentyne, a director of the Ballentynes department store, was honoured as a Companion of the Order, along with fellow Christchurch businessman Peter Townsend.
Peter Cooper, who backed the development of the Britomart area in Auckland, was also honoured as a Companion, along with tourism executive Earl Hagaman, Bomac Laboratories founder Don McLaren and Profile Foods founders Bernard and Ann Crosby.
Fashion designer Karen Walker was honoured as a Companion while World designer Francis Hooper was honoured as a Member.