New Year Honours List 2014 — 31.12.14

Adrienne, Lady Stewart and Ian Athfield are among those on the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Award for Patronage recipient, Adrienne, Lady Stewart and Arts Foundation Icon, Ian Athfield are among those on the 2014 New Year Honours List.

New Zealand Herald, 5:06 PM Wednesday Dec 31, 2014


Dame Adrienne Stewart, DNZM

Dame companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the arts and business


A "working" patron of the arts has been recognised in her own right after a long and successful career in business alongside her husband.

Adrienne, Lady Stewart, becomes Dame Adrienne Stewart. Her late husband, Robertson Stewart, was knighted 23 years ago, and she took the title "Lady" then.

Now, she has her own honour.

"This has been given to me in my own right," she said from her holiday home in the Marlborough Sounds. "I know if he were alive he would be tickled pink ... particularly in this spot which we built together 42 years ago. He would say, 'Good on you, girl.'"

Sir Robertson, a pioneer of plastics manufacturing, built the firm PDL into an industry leader.

He died in 2007.

Dame Adrienne, who will be 79 in February, said life was a journey and "I'm not at the end of it, that's for sure".

Her citation read: "Lady Stewart has personally helped a number of young artists, musicians, choreographers, conductors and composers with grants or support for further study."

- Sophie Ryan


Sir Ian Athfield, KNZM

Knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to architecture


One of the "terrible twins" of New Zealand architecture who has both offended and inspired with his whimsical and eclectic designs has been knighted for his contribution to the discipline.

Sir Ian Athfield, 74, has been made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He has been prominent in his field since the 1960s and is credited with having considerable influence on the discipline - and the face of Wellington - having received acclaim for his work on projects including Civic Square, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington Library and his own sprawling residence on the hills of Khandallah.

Sir Ian has described his home, a white, plastered, Mediterranean-esque village studded with turrets and circular windows, as one of his most important works.

Yesterday, he described his appointment as "a little embarrassing".

"The practice of architecture can never be attributed to one person. It is a contributory involvement with the people you work with and those you work for," he said.

- Brendan Manning

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