Former NZ PM Helen Clark receives nation's highest award...
Former NZ Prime Minister, Helen Clark home from the United Nations to receive the nation's highest award, the Order of New Zealand.
Only twenty living New Zealanders can hold the award at one time.
However since the last Labour Government abolished knighthoods, despite the new National Government reinstating them, Helen Clark will not be known as Dame Helen. Her investiture was in recognition of her being the fifth longest serving prime minister in New Zealand's history. She served three, three year terms.
The NZ Governor General, Sir Anand Satyanand praised Ms Clark as always doing her best for New Zealand. Definately so, and for the New Zealand people too. I had cause to seek her help in a family matter ; she responded quickly and decisively within a week. Thank you Helen Clark!
She also received an honary Doctororate of Laws degree from Auckland University as well. She is 60 years old and will continue her role with the United Nations Development Programme for the next few years. She met with the new prime minister, John Key on her return to New Zealand. They have a very cordial relationship stemming from her very cooperative handover of power after Labour lost the last elections