The following are direct quotes from individual submissions to the RT Hon Jenny Shipley Prime Minister and the Cabinet Honours Committee July 1999

John Jamieson CBE – former Commissioner of Police

“An outstanding and enthusiastic Minister of Police, who was held in extremely high regard throughout the service. He has set an outstanding example of integrity and commitment to a high level of personal, family and community values.”

Anthony Covic QSO, JP -Consul General Republic of Croatia

“A person of outstanding character.”

Sir George Chapman

“A man of considerable ability, capable of making a real contribution to the betterment of all New Zealanders both as a parliamentarian and as a Minister of the Crown.”

N.M.T. Geary CBE- former Chairman New Zealand Tourism Board.

“His contribution to Tourism in particular and his high personal standards are an example to all.”

Kevin Ryan QC – Barrister

“The Irish sages said -” A thought a sword and a spade should never be allowed to rust,” nothing could more accurately express the attitude of this man towards life.”

Sir Peter Tapsell – former Speaker House of Representatives

“He is one of an all too small group of citizens who have never been afraid to set out the facts of an issue when that would set him offside with some. I have always admired his courage.”

Dr Jackie Blue – Physician

“He is a role model to all New Zealanders”

Hon. Sir David Beattie QC – Former Governor General and Chief Justice

“He led by example…A charitable and loyal man”

Dame Thea Muldoon

“I am also a Paul Harris fellow so I know something of the work and support he has given Rotary International”

Grahame W Hall JP- Mayor of Rotorua

“Has made an outstanding contribution to our country.”

John Carter MP – Chief Opposition Whip

“He works hard on behalf of all New Zealanders and is the champion of many causes.”

Col. Lyndsay Scott- Regional Commissioner WINZ

“His record of achievement has not been surpassed by any other individual in the past thirty years- These achievements are nowhere near as significant as the enormous support and help he provided, over many years, to countless charities.”

Neil Austin MBE

“Few people can claim the record of public services to Northland that John Banks has given”