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McCaw appointed to Order of New Zealand

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/04/2016

Richie McCaw wit fiancee Gemma Flynn after receiving the insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealand. © Getty Images/Hagen Hopkins Richie McCaw wit fiancee Gemma Flynn after receiving the insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealand. Former All Black skipper Richie McCaw has officially been given the country's highest honour.

The rugby legend was on Thursday invested as a Member of the Order of New Zealand in one of six ceremonies held by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae in Wellington this week.

The entry into the Order at age 35 makes McCaw the youngest person to ever received the honour - which is limited to 20 living Kiwis.

He was among about 40 others who had their Queen's Birthday and New Years Honours recognised.

Ex-All Blacks captain Richie McCaw receiving the country's highest honour from Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae. © Getty Images/Hagen Hopkins Ex-All Blacks captain Richie McCaw receiving the country's highest honour from Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Other notable figures at this week's ceremonies include Pike River family spokesman Bernie Monk, Supreme Court judge Terence Arnold, netball coach Waimarama Taumaunu, Archbishop William Brown Turei and broadcaster John McBeth. 

McCaw originally turned down an offer of a knighthood after the All Blacks won the 2011 World Cup, but after adding a second World Cup and retiring from the game, he agreed to be honoured.

Being a member of the Order of New Zealand allows him to remain Richie, rather than Sir Richie, a title he said he was uncomfortable with.

McCaw speaks to media after receiving the insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealandd at Government House. © Getty Images McCaw speaks to media after receiving the insignia of a Member of the Order of New Zealandd at Government House.

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