Last day of 2019

It is the last day of 2019 – in New Zealand and a few other countries at this time, as Earth rolls around it will become 31 December in other countries around the world.

In the whole scheme of things a calendar date is not significant, but in modern western societies it prompts a bit of partying and fireworks before requiring us to remember to use a different year on our dates.

I went to Dunedin’s Octagon celebrations and fireworks a few times in the past but haven’t done that for a few years, it has lost it’s appeal. To me New Years Eve is just another evening, and I usually go to bed around about the time the sun sets, and rise around about when it rises (when I got up this morning the sun was just starting to show over the hills of Otago Peninsula),

We have seven family guests staying this year, but with three being children (6-10 years) it is likely to be a quiet evening and tomorrow will be the same as the last couple of weeks, up early. I usually get up first to organise quiet morning activities to give parents a few chances to sleep in, something they don’t get to do for most of the year.

Weather here has been very patchy over the last few weeks, but this morning is clear and sunny, with temperatures in the mid twenties expected. Good for a trip to the beach. We just need to decide which beach, there’s about a dozen good choices here. Kids probably means caves and rock pools.

As I have already posted, today is the last day of the decade – End of a decade


It’s New Year Honours time. ODT (NZH): NZ ‘better place because of them’

Overall, 180 New Zealanders, split evenly between men and women, have been recognised for their involvement in the arts and media, business and economics, education, health, sport, community, science and technology and services to the state.

Outgoing All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has a knighthood for his services to rugby and Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua is one of the country’s newest dames.

They are joined by Dr Anna Crighton, who has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage preservation and governance in her bid to fight to save historic and protected buildings, and Prof Marilyn Waring, who is recognised for services to women and economics.

Sir Joe Williams, appointed the first Maori judge of the Supreme Court in May, has been made a knight, for services to judiciary, alongside Sir Robert Martin, recognised for more than 30 years’ service to people with learning disabilities.

Good for them I guess.

 

New Dames and Knights

A bunch of new Dames and Knights have been announced in the New Year honours – I’m not much into titling but in case others are interested here’s the list of the top honours:

DNZM

To be Dames Companion of the said Order:

KNZM

To be Knights Companion of the said Order:

Details at RNZ: Three new Dames on New Year Honours list

There are a heap more, check your local newspaper for a list and a heap of info – this is always a good news filler at a slow news time of year.

Some people obviously think these are deserved. We don’t know how many people who might be as deserving but turn down honours and titles.

It’s too soon for a certain ex Prime Minister to feature, it takes a while to organise and approve honours. Has a sitting MP ever been titled?

Does anyone know whether the spouse of a knight or dame also gets a title? And what happens if they divorce?

Full honours list: NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST 2017