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James Tomlin was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to art education and Reverend Canon Ihipera Waikare (Bella) Morrell received a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for services to the Maori language and community.
Mr Tomlin’s award had been announced as part of the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honours, while Rev Morrell’s award was part of the 2022 New Years Honours.
Under such circumstances the Governor-General might approve a local ceremony with the local mayor acting on her behalf.