October 14, 2008
As a country, what do we reward?
Take a look at the list of the current members of the Order of New Zealand, which is our country’s highest public honour:
There are plenty of politicians: two former Prime Ministers, three other former Members of Parliament, and two former Governors General.
There are artists, including an author, a poet, a potter, and an opera singer.
There are those who have been involved in community work.
There is a trade unionist, a doctor, an architect, a lawyer and a judge, a church minister and a theologian.
There is even an All Black and an Olympic gold medalist.
But nobody who is recognised as a business leader. Nada.
Is there nobody who has made a worthy contribution? Or are we just not including those who have?
Either way, it’s pretty telling isn’t it?