So accordingly, Sir John Walker, running great and now Parkinsons sufferer is the first new knight to be so recognised by the Queen. That is an honour which is much deserved, in our considered opinion. Walker is, these days, very active in work with the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation.
And in a wonderful touch, Peter Snell who was honoured with a DCONZ in 2001, then New Zealand's highest honour will become Sir Peter on 1 July 2009. This is amove which has delighted Sir John, who told the Herald:
"Peter was my idol. I would have been very disappointed if he'd not got one or I'd got one first."
In addition to Walker's knighthood, two new Dames have been honoured - Dame Jenny Gibbs has been recognised for her services to the arts, and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi for her services to Maori education.
Keeping Stock salutes these people, and all those other New Zealanders who have been honoured today.