The numbers have been crunched and the list announced. And 72 out of the 88 holders of New Zealand's highest honours have chosen to accept a titular honour. The Herald carries the full list of those who have accepted (and those who have not).
We are delighted that so many of those whom we honour have chosen the titular honour following John Key's meeting with the Queen shortly after his election victory. And given that these honours were all instilled under the watch of Helen Clark's government, it is somewhat surprising that the "strike rate" is so high! That said, the list of those who have declined the titular honour is revealing, with the arts disproportionately represented!
The best news of all however is the confirmation that our greatest All Black has chosen to accept the Knighthood offered to him; Colin Meads can now be officially referred to as Sir Tree! And it will be a proud and significant moment for Wanganui when Sir Peter Snell, arguably our greatest Olympian returns to Cooks Gardens in a couple of weeks to unveil a statue commemorating his 1962 world mile record.