While I applauded Labour's decision at the time to scrap titles, I do approve the choices of Helen Clark and Peter Jackson for service to New Zealand and film making respectively. They are both great people in their chosen fields, and great New Zealanders.
Peter will go on and make many more great films as producer or director, and Helen will continue at the United Nations. You may have noted I didn't say Sir Peter, because I find titles an anachronism. Peter Snell and Colin Meads should have recived their awards years ago in any case. Helen wouldn't have accepted being a "Dame" in any case, but in American parlance she was a great dame for sure!
Once John Key is overturned there will be a job for him at the World Bank, and a knighthood too I expect. They'll love his smile, if not his shallowness.
Happy New year Kiwis!