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McCullum, Hesson honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours‎ in New Zealand

Jun 2, 2015 16:44 IST

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum and Coach Mike Hesson were honoured with Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Their names were listed in the honours list that was released on 1 June 2015 to mark the annual Queen Elizabeth II Birthday public holiday.

They were awarded for their part in leading New Zealand to the final of 2015 Cricket World Cup for the first time. Both have been the captain and head coach, respectively, of New Zealand since 2012.

Moreover, the head of the New Zealand World Cup organizing committee, Therese Walsh was made a Dame Companion of the NZOM.

About the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

The New Zealand Order of Merit award was instituted in 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand. The honour is conferred to recognise outstanding service of people that they did to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.

The New Zealand Order of Merit has five levels and they are
• Knight or Dame Grand Companion (GNZM)
• Knight or Dame Companion (KNZM / DNZM)
• Companion (CNZM)
• Officer (ONZM)
• Member (MNZM)

Those appointed to the highest two levels are entitled to use the titles Sir or Dame.

Prior to the creation of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1996, the Order of the British Empire was the most common honour awarded to New Zealand military personnel.

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