HPA inaugural President Dr Anna Crighton was awarded the title Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours (2020) for services to Heritage Preservation and Governance.
Dame Anna in an interview with RNZ National stated. "I'm proud of Historic Places Aotearoa...".
(10.32" into the interview.)
Link to RNZ National Interview follows:
New Year Honours: Anna Crighton fierce fighter for our unique heritage: NZ Herald reports:
Christchurch heritage campaigner Anna Crighton becomes a dame: The Press reports:
Otago alumna awarded top honour for heritage
“Dumbfounded and speechless” is how Otago alumna Dr Anna Crighton QSO JP described her reaction to the news she had been made a Dame in the New Year Honours list."