New Zealand has made its most famous film-maker a knight in the reinstatement of the title for the first time in a decade.
Peter Jackson, maker of the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, said the award was “better than the Oscars”.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, who had abolished British knighthoods in 2000, was made a member of the Order of New Zealand.
This is the highest honour available in the country.
It carries no honorific and is limited to 20 living New Zealanders at any one time.