Sir Peter Jackson has been recognised by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list. He has been given the honour of member to the Order of New Zealand in recognition of his services to the film industry in New Zealand and for his work for charity. Sir Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002 and was knighted in 2010. The ONZ is New Zealand’s highest honour with membership restricted to just 20 living people.
Sir Peter said,“To be counted in such company is an extraordinary honour and I would like to accept it on behalf of all those who work within the New Zealand film industry”
King Kong and The Adventures of Tintin rank among his films as do The Lord of the Rings trilogy and, of course, his current project The Hobbit. He is also one of the founders of the special effects companies Weta Workshop and Weta Digital.
Sir Peter supports many charities including Epilepsy Research and Give Life organ donation awareness.
Also included in the honours list with the honour of Officer of the Order of New Zealand are Bret McKenzie, for his services to music and Joe Letteri, the director of Weta Digital reports Dominion Post.
May we offer our sincerest congratulations to them all from Middle-earth News.