New Zealand has three new dames, three more knights and one appointment to the Order of New Zealand - the country's highest accolade - in the Queen's Birthday Honours announced today.

Internationally recognised biomedical and medical scientist Sir Peter Gluckman has been appointed to the Order of New Zealand for services to his country. From the hormonal control of growth before and after birth and neurological diseases to evolutionary medicine and the interface between human and pastoral animal biology, Sir Peter's research has been extensive.

See the full list of honours awarded

New Zealand's top honour is limited to a maximum of 20 living people.

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Businesswoman Bronwen Holdsworth, Auckland city missioner Diane Robertson and sports event organiser Therese Walsh have been made dames companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit while former National Party leader and diplomat Jim McLay, former Maori Party leader Dr Pita Sharples and businessman Peter Talley have been made knights companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and head coach Mike Hesson have been made officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket.

Louise Nicholas has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the prevention of sexual violence.