Carter joins an elite few

Engineering supremo Sir Ron Carter has received the country's highest honour, becoming a member of the Order of New Zealand.

Carter heads today's Queen's Birthday honours list with the award which recognises outstanding service to the country and its people. It is limited to 20 living members and, with Carter's addition, there are 17.

Carter, who was knighted for his service to engineering in 1998, is recognised for his contribution to infrastructure planning, governance, business and education.

His name is synonymous with Beca, a company which was tiny when he joined in 1959, but which became a major engineering force, with its involvement in projects such as the Tiwai Pt aluminium smelter, the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill and SkyTower.

He has served on the royal commission into the Christchurch earthquakes, chaired the Committee for Auckland which laid the groundwork for the Auckland Council, and created a consortium in Auckland that helped position iwi as significant investors.

Today's honours include three new dames and four knights.

Justice Susan Glazebrook, who serves on the Supreme Court bench and has served on many international human rights and law bodies, is honoured for her services to the judiciary.

Justice Lowell Goddard, best known for chairing the Independent Police Conduct Authority from 2007-12, is recognised for services to the law. She has been a High Court judge since 1995 and is believed to be the first person of Maori descent appointed to its bench.

The other dame is Film Commission chairwoman Patsy Reddy, who is also deputy chairwoman of the NZ Transport Agency and chief Crown negotiator for treaty settlements in Bay of Plenty. Her award is for services to the arts and business.

Knighthoods have gone to helicopter pilot Richard Hayes, businessman and sports administrator Graeme Avery, education leader John Hood and manufacturer Robert Stewart.

Hayes, from Te Anau, is one of the country's best known helicopter pilots and is honoured with a knighthood for his services to the search and rescue movement and to the community.

Avery's award recognises his services to business and sport. He has been involved with athletics for more than 40 years - and with exports for more than 50 years through medical publishing and wine businesses.

Hood is knighted for his services to tertiary education. The University of Auckland vice-chancellor from 1999 to 2004, he strengthened research across the institution and set up a new business school.

Stewart, the founder of Skope Industries which manufactures low-energy commercial refrigerators, is recognised for his services to manufacturing and the community.

Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit in today's list include immunology researcher Graham Le Gros, former Security Intelligence Service head Warren Tucker, former police commissioner Peter Marshall, Maori language specialist Huirangi Waikerepuru, and Paul White, the first paediatric radiologist in New Zealand.

Broadcaster Geoff Robinson, All Blacks manager Darren Shand and Families Commission board member Haami Piripi feature in the Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit list.

Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit include basketballer Dillon Boucher, children's author Betty Gilderdale, softball coach Eddie Kohlhase and lawn bowls rep Jo Edwards.

The Nelson Mail