Creative Artists of Aotearoa Honoured
Arise Sir Derek.
One of Aotearoa’s most passionate toi practitioners has been acknowledged and celebrated at the top of the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Professor Derek Lardelli has been honoured with a knighthood for services to Māori arts, one of just two knights and three dames given the accolade today.
Sir Derek is an artist of many disciplines; a tā moko artist, composer, carver, kapa haka performer, visual artist and graphic designer- to name but a few of the artforms in which he excels. He is Ahorangi at Toihoukura, School of Visual Arts Māori, in Gisborne and has been prominent in promoting Māori arts nationally and internationally. His artwork is found in national and international institutions, public buildings and private collections. He was featured recently here on The Big Idea in Creative New Zealand’s Thankful for Art Campaign (#TFA).
He’s far from alone for the country’s creatives - from the big screen with Taika Waititi, the small screen with Outrageous Fortune creator James Griffin, poetry via Tusiata Avia or sculpture through Judith Darragh, many in the arts community have been recognised for their contribution for what makes this country so special.
Huge congratulations from The Big Idea to all those honoured today for their special contributions to the arts in New Zealand.
Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)
Dr Tessa Duder: For services to literature
Elizabeth Knox: For services to literature
Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
Taika Waititi: For services to film
Judith Darragh: For services to the arts
James Griffin: For services to the television and film industries
David Ling: For services to the publishing industry
Thomas Rainey: For services to music and music education
James Tomlin: For services to art education
Dr Brian Turner: For services to literature and poetry
Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)
Tusiata Avia: For services to poetry and the arts
Georgina Beyer: For services to LGBTIQA+ rights
John Buchanan: For services to music
Iosefa Enari: For services to Pacific dance
Dr Maureen Lander: For services to Māori art
Donald Long: For services to literature and Pacific language education
Naomi McCleary: For services to the arts
Dr Cilla McQueen: For services as a poet
Kiri Nathan: For services to Māori and the fashion industry
Richard Rudd: For services to ceramic art.
Joan Whittaker: For services to heritage preservation and music education
Lloyd Whittaker: For services to heritage preservation and music education
Maria Winder: For services to music education
Queen's Service Medal (QSM)
Agnes Anderson: For services to choral music
Dawn Elliott: For services to art education
Audrey Gray: For services to choral music
Ella Hanify: For services to music
Christopher Marshall: For services to music
Molima Pihigia: For services to Niuean art and the community
Lynn Smith: For services to dance education
For a more in-depth list - click here.