Author Tessa Duder, who has published two books with Oratia, receives the fourth-highest honour in recognition of her services to literature.
Tessa is made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
It's also fabulous to see independent publisher David Ling honours as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the publishing industry.
David has devoted his working life to publishing quality work from New Zealand authors, and successfully directed David Ling Publishing and his Duck Creek Press children's imprint over several decades.
Among other literary figures honoured were editor Don Long, novelist Elizabeth Knox and poet Cilla McQueen.