Sir, doctor, former prime minister John Key now has a few different titles to choose from.
He has been officially knighted in a ceremony at Government House in Auckland, two months after accepting the honour as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.
Sir John, who brought back the honours for New Zealand, told NZ Newswire at the time it would have been odd for him not to take it.
“I believe in the system,” he said.
“I look at it and think the fact I was able to be prime minister for a long period of time was because I had such a remarkable cabinet and caucus and because millions of New Zealanders chose to support the government I led. So I hope those people can share in the accolade.”
Sir John’s wife Bronagh will also become Lady Bronagh, which he said was a tribute to her work behind the scenes.
The official ceremony comes just days after Sir John’s alma mater, the University of Canterbury, revealed he would be awarded an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree, 34 years after graduating with a commerce degree in accounting.
It has been a big year of honours for Sir John overseas too he was last month appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia at a ceremony in Canberra. NZN