Sir Peter Jackson became a member of the Order of New Zealand at an investiture in Government House in Wellington yesterday.
The ceremony was carried out by the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
Afterwards, Sir Peter told the DomPost’s Matt Stewart: “I don’t really feel that different than I did a long time ago when I was a kid in Pukerua Bay making movies so … if I can be some sort of example, that’s fantastic.”
Sir Peter is now completing post-production in Miramar on the second feature in his Hobbit trilogy.
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Sir Peter Jackson today received the country’s highest honour along with a newly minted badge. He became an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand. It is the first time a film industry player has been bestowed the insignia of the order.
“There’s something special about the Order of New Zealand,” Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae said.
Only 20 members of the order can hold the badge. It must be returned by the recipient’s estate upon their death. Jackson’s “additional member” status carries the same weight.
We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Peter.