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The Aardvark Honours List for 2017

6 June 2017

The Queens Birthday honours list was announced over the long weekend and how insulting that list is to so many hard-working Kiwis.

All around NZ there are literally thousands of people who give freely of their time, efforts and resources to help others.

Whether it's by way of their involvement in groups such as Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis or similar -- or whether it's simply by their own devotion to helping out those less fortunate than themselves, these people are the real heroes who deserve to be recognised and honoured.

Whilst a few of these people make it onto the QB honours list, far too many of those receiving "recognition" are, in my honest opinion, nothing but self-serving people whose only claim is that they've done very nicely out of the taxpayer or the consumer.

Let's take Julie Christie for example...

Ms Christie was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her "services to governance and the television industry".

Of course Ms Christie has made a not-so-small fortune by creating the kind of reality TV which has displaced more worthy content on the small screen and looking through this NZH report, I can see nothing there which constitutes her giving any kind of public service out of the kindness of her heart.

One could be excused for believing that Ms Christie is driven by the interests of her bankers rather than the interests of those less well off than herself.

And this deserves a Damehood?

I'm sorry, but every time I see an honour being dished out to someone whose only claim is that they've made a lot of money or has already been handsomely rewarded for their work I consider this an insult to the many *real* heroes that toil away in the interests of others, without payment and often without even any real recognition.

John Key is now a Knight?

Excuse me but what did JK do that wasn't in the best interests of himself or his well-connected friends or for which he wasn't already handsomely rewarded and will continue to be rewarded until he dies, thanks to the lucrative post-employment perks given to 3-term Prime Ministers?

I bet there were hundreds, if not thousands of other nameless heroes in JK's electorate who were much more deserving of an honour than Mr Key.

Honours bestowed by the Queen should be a recognition of those who truly do devote themselves to helping out others -- not an insult to them. So long as honours are doled out on the basis of how much money you've earned, how famous you are or who you schmooze with then we should all be ashamed.

Now to be fair, there are plenty on the list who really do deserve the honours they've been given because they have worked selflessly to improve the lot of others -- but every recipient who has been included simply because they've earned a lot of money or have the right connections, tarnishes the system.

Here's my honours list for this Queen's Birthday weekend:

The Aardvark Honour goes to each and every person who has given freely of their time, their efforts and their resources to help someone who is worse off than themselves.

You people are the real Sirs and Dames of this nation. Sadly, you are too many to name but you should be very proud of what you do and you have my thanks.

I take my hat off to you!

If readers know of anyone who qualifies for an Aardvark Honour by name then please feel free to mention them in the forums.

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