I haven’t worn a tie for a decade or two, but today was the exception as the New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae held an investiture ceremony in Auckland for recipients of New Zealand Honours. My award – the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit – was for “services to business and the community”. All I can say is: “Thank you.” Also being recognised today was my friend John Hood, former Vice Chancellor at Auckland and Oxford Universities, who was knighted for services to tertiary education. There was just the right amount of pomp and ceremony but being New Zealand there was a charming aura of generosity and community. A day to remember.