Peta Mathias joins NZ Order
Looking exuberant in a green striped dress - chef, author and TV personality Peta Mathias celebrated joining the New Zealand Order of Merit in a special ceremony today.
About 20 family and friends, including chef Julie Le Clerc, joined Mathias at Government House in Auckland for the early celebration as she will be in Uzes, France - hosting culinary tours from May to November - when the official ceremony takes place.
Mathias, 63, will receive the insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as an author and television presenter.
"It's extremely special, I'm so glad I was unavailable," she joked.
Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae acknowledged Mathias' character and commitment to her work.
"Ms Mathias, we have been privileged to hear your story. You have set a fine example that inspires, encourages and motivates others.
"Your contribution has enriched the social, cultural, economic and culinary tapestry of Aotearoa, New Zealand."
Mateparae shared a joke with Mathias and mentioned her love of singing, before encouraging everyone to join in a rendition of God Defend New Zealand in English and Maori.
Mathias said she initially thought it was a mistake when she received an email notifying her of the investiture.
"I've been trying to upstage my mother all my life. This is just the start."
Mathias said she had just bought a house in Uzes which she called "a dump".
She is writing a book, Never Put All Your Eggs in One Basket, which tells the story of her selling her Grey Lynn home to buy the do-up property.