Sports people honoured include Kiwis league coach Stephen Kearney and Coast to Coast race organiser Robin Judkins, both made Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

Netball star Irene van Dyk and former Silver Ferns Belinda Charteris and Margaret Foster are made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), as are former New Zealand cricketer John Morrison and shearing legend Laurie Keats. Broadcaster Murray Deaker is appointed an ONZM.