Not many families can claim three generations in the New Zealand Order of Merit - but Deirdre Tarrant's can.
Her late father received the honour for services to trade and industry, and her son, Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, was made an officer of the Order last year.
Now she had grandchildren, there was every possibility it could extend to four generations.
"The pressure's on - though they're very, very little," she said after receiving her insignia yesterday as a companion of the Order.
Tarrant founded contemporary dance company Footnote Dance in Wellington almost 30 years ago. She stepped down as director earlier this year, but remains heavily involved.
She was one of 43 women honoured by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae in two ceremonies at Government House yesterday for their contributions to their industries and communities.
The event aligned with national commemorations marking 120 years of women's suffrage.
Tarrant said she felt honoured to be among such an extraordinary group of women.
"It's quite a humbling experience. So many people had done such a range of things."
Fellow Wellingtonian Janet Lucas was presented with the Queen's Service Medal for contributions to education, for establishing the New Zealand Spelling Bee in 2004.
"When I started eight years ago, I couldn't have imagined this ... it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," she said.
Barbara Watene, of Lower Hutt, who has fostered more than 100 children, also received a service medal.
All yesterday's honours recipients will also attend a dinner tonight at Government House.
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