Clark’s hon­our salutes ser­vice

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page -

For­mer prime min­is­ter He­len Clark has been ac­knowl­edged for her years of ser­vice to New Zealand and the peo­ple of Mt Al­bert.

Miss Clark was made the new­est Mem­ber of the Or­der of New Zealand in the New Year’s hon­ours.

The award sees the 59-yearold join some exclusive com­pany, with just 16 other liv­ing New Zealan­ders, in­clud­ing for­mer prime min­is­ters Jim Bol­ger and Mike Moore, in the or­der.

It has a limit of 20 liv­ing mem­bers at any one time.

Now liv­ing in New York where she heads the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, Miss Clark said she was thrilled to re­ceive the hon­our, but wasn’t en­tirely sur­prised when she was asked to ac­cept the award.

“I’ve spent a lot of years at the top, maybe some­time an ap­proach would have been made. It’s not un­usual, it’s a ques­tion of tim­ing.”

Cur­rent Labour leader Phil Goff says he’s pleased for Miss Clark.

“It’s very much wel­come and ex­pected.

“Both those from other po­lit­i­cal par­ties and in the Labour Party recog­nise the job she did on be­half of New Zealand.”

New Mt Al­bert MP David Shearer says he wasn’t sur­prised to find Miss Clark re­ceived the hon­our.

“The peo­ple of Mt Al­bert in par­tic­u­lar can be proud that one of their own has been awarded New Zealand’s high­est hon­our.

“She’s al­ways been a very hard act to fol­low, but I’ll be do­ing my best to live up to He­len’s high stan­dards.

“She’s an in­spi­ra­tion not only to me, but many New Zealan­ders.”

Af­ter los­ing the 2008 elec­tion Miss Clark re­signed from the lead­er­ship of the Labour Party and her Mt Al­bert elec­torate, which she held for 28 years from 1981 un­til 2009.

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