Doug Graham retains his knighthood

The Prime Minister has announced that Sir Douglas Graham can retain his knighthood.

Good….he got his award for the considerable amount of time and effort he put into sorting out Treat Settlements and getting the process underway that is now almost complete.

The NZ Herald reports:

In deciding that Graham should retain his knighthood, Mr Key said he was persuaded by three key factors.

“First, Sir Douglas received his knighthood for his leadership role in treaty settlements.

“Second, Sir Douglas was convicted of a strict liability offence, where dishonest or criminal intent is not required for conviction.”

Mr Key noted the High Court found that Sir Douglas and the other defendants acted honestly at all times, genuinely believed the statements in the amended prospectus were true, and that careful attention had been given to the contents of the amended prospectus, including taking legal advice. 

“Third, in both New Zealand, and in the United Kingdom, it has been very rare for honours to be cancelled. In those cases where it has occurred, it has often been because the actions that led to the cancellation were in the same area as that for which the original honour was awarded. This is not the case with Sir Douglas.”

Mr Key praised Graham’s “significant political legacy in the area of treaty settlements that subsequent Labour and National-led governments have worked to build on”.

“New Zealand is a better country today because of the work Sir Douglas did as Treaty Negotiations Minister, and my judgment is that he deserves to retain his knighthood.”


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