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“Anything is possible,” says Sir Peter Jackson

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“One of the best things about growing up in New Zealand is that if you are prepared to work hard and have faith in yourself, truly anything is possible,” says Wellington’s newly-knighted Peter Jackson.

He sees his knighthood (which was announced today) as “recognition of the collective achievement of our terrific crews and our film pioneers … who trailblazed a path towards the creation of a modern Kiwi film industry”.

In the New Zealand Herald, Sir Peter says “I didn’t think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong. The feeling of gratitude and pride I have in accepting this honour from my home country is profound.”

The Herald is quoting from a written statement. It seems that Sir Peter is away on holiday – his first for many years.

Another high-profile Wellingtonian, Infratil founder Lloyd Morrison, becomes a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and is also generously inclusive in his comments.

“Getting an honour is merely a recognition of what a group of people has done,” he says in the Dominion Post. “I think my strongest attribute is to hire good people and I’ve been like a magpie for good people.”

Wellington has gained two new knights today. The second is High Court judge Sir Bruce Robertson, who says the most memorable cases of his career were those in which he found realistic solutions to real problems.

The New Zealand Herald – unlike the DomPost – has an editorial warmly praising former Prime Minister Helen Clark for being made a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the country’s highest honour. While noting that the honour has been given to “too many politicians whose achievements… were not exceptional” the paper says no such criticism can be made of Helen Clark: “the quality of her leadership impressed both friend and foe.”

The full honours list is here