Sir Peter Talley becomes a Knight at Government House
Business magnate Sir Peter Talley has received his knighthood in a ceremony at Government House.
Talley, who's full-name is Sir Peter Ivan Talijancich, was made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy at the ceremony at Government House on Friday.
The Motueka-based businessman is joint managing director of Talley's Group Limited, one of New Zealand's largest producers of primary food goods.
He declined to comment on the honour, but at the time it was announced in June said he didn't know "what or how all this has happened" but he was "lucky and grateful".
Talley's award citation said he had worked over his lifetime to promote the employment of New Zealanders in the fishing industry, including attempting to place Foreign Charter Vessels under the control of New Zealand labour laws.
He was the instigator and a founding Trustee of the Seafarers Trust. He supported a range of charities in New Zealand, including the Motueka Hospital Trust behind the Jack Inglis Friendship hospital which opened in 2009.
He funded the development of a museum facility in Nelson to host the World of Wearable Art collection. He is sponsor of a number of organisations and events including the Motueka Charity Golf Classic, Outward Bound and the Nelson Car Club rally. He has also provided financial support for fundraisers held by the Rotary Club of Motueka for 25 years.
Talley's was founded by Ivan Talijancich, who immigrated from Yugoslavia to Motueka and opened a fish shop there in 1936 as well as buying a trawler. When he died in 1964, sons Peter and Michael took over. Since then, the company expanded from fisheries into vegetables, dairy, meat, aquaculture and hospitality as well as ice cream.
The ceremony also recognised numerous other individuals from New Zealand's communities who have influenced work in victim support, youth and tourism, athletics, theatre, architecture, conservation, Māori services and beyond.