Asked how she feels about being made a dame, Dr Juliet Gerrard is somewhat lost for words, an unfamiliar position for the woman whose job is distilling the most up-to-date scientific information for those making the decisions that will shape our future.
Gerrard, currently Jacinda Ardern’s chief science advisor, has been named a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours.
While she hasn’t really processed what it means on a personal level, it hasn’t stopped the Freemans Bay resident from sharing the news with her 75-year-old mum in the United Kingdom, who got a kick out of getting the good news on her birthday.
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People can pay tribute to the late Prince Philip in a series of condolence books launched by Auckland Council.
They can write messages of aroha to the Royal Family in tomes displayed at Auckland’s Town Hall from Tuesday and council service centres from Wednesday.
Condolence books will sit at centres in Graham St, central Auckland, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau, 9 The Strand, Takapuna, 6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, 24 Wellesley St, central Auckland, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakua, 50 Centreway Rd, Orewa, and 296 Main Rd, Huapai.
Members of the public’s tributes will be collected at the end of business on April 23.
The council said flags were flown at half-mast on council buildings on Tuesday to honour the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at Windsor Castle, aged 99.
The banners will also fly at half-mast on Saturdayto mark the funeral of the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
The funeral is set to take place at Windsor Castle. Only 30 people will be able to attend under the current coronavirus restrictions in England, but the slimmed-down service is scheduled to be broadcast live on television.
MPs from across Parliament have paid tribute to Philip, who died on Friday, New Zealand time.
Led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, party leaders spoke of the Duke’s life spent serving the monarchy and the Commonwealth.
Ardern also expressed concern for the Queen, who had lost her husband of 73 years.
“No matter what your role, no matter what your responsibility, grief spares no one,” she said.
What are your memories of Prince Philip?
The Government has announced plans to get Auckland's light rail project back on track.
Transport Minister Michael Wood has revealed plans to set up a new working group to create a business case for the project.
It will have six months to provide the Government with information on a preferred route, along with costs and funding options for the rapid transit system from Auckland's CBD to the Auckland International Airport.
The working group will comprise representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Maori, Wood said.
Which route would you prefer for the light rail project?
What do you think of the delays in getting the project back on track?
How will the rapid transit system to the airport benefit you?
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