Wills hon­oured with ONZM

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata woman Janette Wills was thrilled to re­ceive her Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit (ONZM) medal for ser­vices to the beef in­dus­try from the Gover­norGen­eral Sir Jerry Mateparae at a cer­e­mony on May 20.

‘‘It was a very spe­cial day and the ar­chi­tec­ture of Gov­ern­ment House re­ally added to it.’’

Wills de­scribed it as ‘‘ over­whelm­ing’’ to stand and lis­ten to her ci­ta­tion be­ing read out be­fore re­ceiv­ing her medal with six of her fam­ily and friends look­ing on.

She said the Gover­nor Gen­eral was very friendly and spoke at length with each of the re­cip­i­ents and was well versed in why they had re­ceived an hon­our.

Wills felt the cer­e­mony was very per­sonal, as 25 peo­ple per day dur­ing the week-long event are given their award. Other re­cip­i­ents at her cer­e­mony in­cluded the Hon­ourable Gra­ham Panck­hurst, who was made a knight for ser­vices to the ju­di­ciary, and Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus Gary Her­mans­son who gained the same award as Wills, but for ser­vices to the field of sport psy­chol­ogy.

Twice a year, the Gover­norGen­eral holds investiture cer­e­monies at Gov­ern­ment House in Welling­ton and Gov­ern­ment House in Auck­land for the peo­ple named in the New Year and Queen’s Birth­day honours lists.

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