Twenty-five years ago, World of WearableArt (WOW) founder Suzie Moncrieff never envisaged the scene that would play out at Government House in Wellington.
The organiser of the first WOW show in Nelson in 1987 yesterday became a dame for her services to the arts.
To mark her investiture, she had her hair done, which, she said, was a "once-in-a-year" event.
"I am quite overwhelmed. I certainly never saw this back in 1987. I'm still very much involved in the company and mentoring the artistic directors."
Also at the ceremony yesterday was former All Blacks Rugby World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry, who was invested as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby.
The ceremony took place in front of his family, including his 96-year-old wheelchair-bound mother.
Sir Graham said the opportunity to mark the day with his mother made it all the more special. "I felt really privileged. Really, it's just great to have the whole family here ... Mum's a royalist and she will love all that." He acknowledged he would probably not have received the honour had the All Blacks not won last year's Rugby World Cup final.
It was an award that he accepted on behalf of the team and management. "I miss them. They have been good mates for a long time. That day on October 23 was immense, but we got through it and we survived."
More than 120 people are being recognised at investiture ceremonies this week.
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