Former Prime Minister, Mr Key, has been made a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the state.
Sir John Key has been recognised for his achievements during a 14-year political career that included 8 years as Prime Minister of New Zealand.
This year’s honours list was announce on Queen’s Birthday Monday and includes 186 people, of whom 108 have been recognised in the New Zealand Order of Merit honours list.
Seventy two were awarded under the Queen’s Service Order, five received the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration and one received the New Zealand Antarctic Medal.
The majority of honours were for services to the community and volunteer work.
The New Zealand Order of Merit table, also includes Dame Julie Christie for services to television and governance, and Dame Peggy Koopman-Boyden for services to seniors.
New Zealand adventurer Graeme Dingle has been knighted for his services to youth, Michael Jones for services to the Pacific community and youth and Timoti Karetu for services to Māori language.