An author, a judge and a Māori Warden were some of the recipients honoured today at Sir Jerry Mateparae's last ceremony for Queen's Honours.
The greeting between a war veteran and a war historian.
“This is a real privilege. I am lucky to receive this award at my young age,” says recipient Monty Soutar.
Soutar is one of the authorities on our war histories. His most recognised achievement is writing the book Ngā Tama Toa.
But despite his busy schedule, he never lost sight of his biggest job, raising his children.
“He is a great father. Even though he is really busy, he always has time for us, his children. He never forgets about us,” says Oriwia Soutar.
Heta Hingston was also given an award, the CNZM for services to Māori and the judiciary.
He is the former chief judge of the Māori Land Court. He also made the initial decision on Māori ownership of the foreshore and seabed. The day's events reminded him of his army days.
“When we were in the jungle, he was my cook up mate! The governor general's uncle! How about that.”
For Anne Rotarangi-Kendall, a lifetime Māori Warden who received the QSM, this holds extra significance given her ties to the governor general.
“Lovely. Always beautiful to receive it from your own actually.”
It is fitting to have so many connections, in this the last ceremony for the governor general.