1.52The New Zealand Royal Honours System provides a way for New Zealand to thank and congratulate people who have served their communities and to recognise people's achievements. Military achievements may also be honoured in this way. Further information on all aspects of the honours system is available on the Honours Secretariat's website, www.honours.govt.nz.
1.54New Zealand Royal Honours are conferred by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister. They are usually announced in regular honours lists on the New Zealand observance of the Sovereign's Birthday (the first Monday in June) and at the New Year (30-31 December). Gallantry and bravery awards are usually announced in special honours lists.
1.55The New Zealand Royal Honours System is administered by the Honours Secretariat, which is part of the Cabinet Office. The Secretariat is also responsible for all matters relating to:
1.56Any person may make a nomination for an honour by completing the appropriate nomination form or by writing to either the Prime Minister or the Honours Secretariat. A Cabinet committee chaired by the Prime Minister considers all nominations for the regular honours lists, based on a consolidated list of nominations prepared by the Honours Secretariat.
1.59Citizens of Commonwealth countries that have the Queen as Head of State may be nominated for New Zealand honours in the usual way.
1.61The Governor-General and former Governors-General are entitled to use the title "The Honourable" (abbreviated to "The Hon") if they do not already have the title "The Honourable" or "The Right Honourable". This entitlement is retained for life.
1.63On relinquishing office, or on retirement from office, the holders of the offices listed in paragraph 1.62 are eligible to be recommended for retention of the title for life. The Governor-General may approve the retention of the title under authority delegated by the Sovereign and on the advice of the Prime Minister.
1.65Commonwealth and other foreign governments or international organisations may on occasion wish to confer an honour on a New Zealand citizen. The Queen has approved rules relating to the acceptance and wearing of foreign honours by New Zealand citizens. These rules are available on the Honours Secretariat's website, www.honours.govt.nz.