Cultural Icon Hamish Keith, Gifford Jackson and Professor Piri Sciascia honoured in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours!

The Depot would like to congratulate Hamish Keith and Gifford Jackson for receiving New Zealand Order of Merit Honours as part of the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours.┬áThe New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, “for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits” (

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Above: Hamish Keith

Hamish was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for his services to the arts.


Above: Gifford Jackson

Gifford was made Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), for his services to design.

Piri Sciascia

Above: Professor Piri Sciascia, image from Hawkes Bay Today

Professor Piri Sciascia was also made Officer of the Order of New Zealand for services to Maori arts.

Interestingly Piri and Hamish were both involved in the coordination of the 1984 exhibition Te Maori which many refer to as a ‘milestone in the Maori cultural renaissance’.

It is fantastic to see the work of these and many other significant New Zealanders acknowledged and their life work celebrated. The Depot would like to extend this celebration to everyday as their work as pioneers in their chosen fields continues to positively inform our cultural development and vernacular! You can see a full list of all those listed in this years honours here…

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Above: Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Sovereign’s insignia of the Order of New Zealand, the New Zealand Order of Merit, Star, Sash and Badge and the Queen’s Service Order for one of the official Jubilee images. You can read more about the Jubilee and an interesting set of stamps being produced for it here…