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by Amily » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:15 pm

Congratulations Bret! #clap#

Bret McKenzie honoured for music
'Where's my invite to Buckingham Palace?'
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Mr Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie - for services to music and film, to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).

The after party won't be as glitzy, but other than that Bret McKenzie reckons that receiving a Queen's Birthday honour shouldn't be too different from winning an Oscar.

"I don't think Tom Cruise will be at the party, but other than that I imagine [it will be] very similar," McKenzie said after finding out that he has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"I presume there will be some sort of tea party. I'm hoping this gets me an invite to Buckingham Palace, actually."

The Wellington comedian was honoured for his services to music and film in the honours list today, an inclusion that surprised the Oscar-winning half of Flight of the Conchords.

"I received a very fancy looking envelope from the governor-general, it looked very serious before I opened it. Now I'm wondering, do I get a special uniform now I'm an officer?" McKenzie said.

"I was very surprised, surprised and honoured. I've never worked in music and film in order to get this honour, but yeah, it's great, I'm really into it."

McKenzie won an Academy Award in March for his song, Man or Muppet, which he wrote for The Muppets while musical supervisor of the movie last year.

He won a Grammy Award with Jemaine Clement in 2007, had a role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and has played in various Wellington bands, including The Black Seeds.

McKenzie is one of the lead actors in Two Little Boys, a feature film by Duncan and Robert Sarkies that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will screen in New Zealand later in the year.

McKenzie, who has been back in Wellington for about a month, is now busy preparing for the Flight of the Conchords tour of New Zealand and Australia that kicks off this month.

That's when he's not at home with his two young kids.

"A lot of people ask me where I keep my Oscar, and for those people who are wondering, it's on top of the piano next to the nappy cream. I think that paints a fairly accurate picture of what my life is like at the moment."

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by blondesnotbombs » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:47 pm

I was just coming to post this! How lovely for him. #excited2# #love3# #bret# #blowkiss#
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by Amily » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:08 pm

Full interview: Bret Mckenzie

Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie says he was “surprised and honoured and confused” after being named an Officer of New Zealand order of Merit.


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by emira » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:26 pm

I've decided to split the topic and create a new thread, because it's a pretty big thing. :)

Queen's Birthday Honours: Bret McKenzie
By Hana Garrett-Walker
5:30 AM Monday Jun 4, 2012

When a fancy envelope showed up in Bret McKenzie's letterbox a couple of weeks ago, the last thing he expected it to say was he was being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Despite his surprise, it's not something the Oscar-winner and one-half of the folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords is unfamiliar with.

His mother, dance teacher Deirdre Tarrant, has also been honoured.

For McKenzie, becoming an Officer of the order for services to music and film is just one in an increasing list of accolades he has earned in his 35 years, both in New Zealand and overseas.

"This can go up next to the Oscar, which is currently next to the nappy cream on top of the piano."

This year, McKenzie won an Academy Award for best original song for his Man or Muppet song in The Muppets film.

It's a career highlight he thinks he will be hard pressed to beat.

"I think I'd have to go more spiritual, I think I'd have to look inside.

"The Oscars - you can't deny that that was a personal highlight, because working in America, you're constantly feeling like you're an outsider, and there's something about being at the Oscars, and then winning an Oscar, feels like the door to Hollywood really opened."

McKenzie made his way on to the international stage with his friend from university days, Jemaine Clement, when HBO picked up Flight of the Conchords, making a 12-part show set in New York.

In 2007, the Flight of the Conchords won a Grammy award for their album The Distant Future.

As well as being musical supervisor of The Muppets, McKenzie acted in the Lord of the Rings as an elf, has appeared with Clement on The Late Show with David Letterman, and is one of the lead actors in Two Little Boys, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will be released in New Zealand this year.

But McKenzie said it was too difficult to list his career in order of importance, "because some things I spend years doing and then some things, like Letterman, are just one night".

"I've got quite a mixed bag of a career. I've got a few different hats, kept me very busy."

McKenzie would not be drawn on how Clement would react to his being made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit without him.

"I don't want to go into the competitive thing."

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by Amily » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:34 pm

Good idea, Syl! It definitely deserves it's own thread. #thumbsup# #glomp#
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by emira » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:48 pm

Amily wrote:Full interview: Bret Mckenzie

Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie says he was “surprised and honoured and confused” after being named an Officer of New Zealand order of Merit.


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What an awkward interview and odd questions, especially about John Key and then about the Muppets. You can see the cuteness and awesomeness of Bret in it. #inlove# #bret# #blowkiss# #inlove#


He forgot the name of his order #rofl# Where is this fish smiley? #lol#
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by blondesnotbombs » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:44 pm

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New Zealand musician, comedian, producer and actor Bret McKenzie has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
He received the award for services to music and film at Government House today from Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
It follows his Academy Award earlier this year for his song 'Man or Muppet' which he wrote for the 2011 film The Muppets.
As one half of comedy duo Flight of the Conchords with Jemaine Clement, he also won a Grammy Award for the best comedy album in 2007 for The Distant Future.


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by blondesnotbombs » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:34 am

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Bret McKenzie receiving the Insignia of the Queen's Service Order during the Governor General's bienniel Investiture Ceremonies held for recipients of the New Year and Queen's Birthday honours at Government House on September 6, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand.
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by emira » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:09 am

I hope you don't mind, Sam that I've moved your posts here, for the sake of consistency. :)


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by emira » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:34 pm

They're like, "What's this on my chest? :o Oh, right! I got an early Christmas present from the Queen. #doh# "

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by emira » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:55 pm

Oscar and Grammy award-winning songwriter and actor Bret McKenzie said he felt humbled to be made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to music and film.

"All those people in there have given so much to the community."

McKenzie said the ceremony was "more intimate than the Oscars" in March, where he won Best Original Song for his Muppets movie track Man or Muppet.

The Flight of the Conchords member was able to bring his parents, wife, brother and brother's fiance - unlike at the Academy Awards, where only one guest was allowed.

And also unlike the Oscars in Hollywood, McKenzie didn't have to travel far.

"I live five minutes away, so it's a very convenient awards ceremony."

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by emira » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:43 pm

Musician among medallists
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SPECIAL KIWIS: Al Brown helps Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae pin on the chef’s MNZM.

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MUPPET MEDAL: Bret McKenzie received the ONZM at an investitures ceremony at Government House. The ceremony’s ‘‘more intimate than the Oscars’’, he said.



More Muppet musicality could be on the way from Bret McKenzie, after he hinted at working with Kermit the Frog again following an investiture ceremony yesterday.

McKenzie was at Government House receiving a Queen's Service Order medal when he said another Muppet film could be on the table. "I am currently in negotiations with Kermit the Frog to maybe do another Muppet movie."

He said the green amphibian was "hard to get on the phone", and Miss Piggy had "nothing to do with the contracts".

McKenzie won an Academy Award for his song Man or Muppet in last year's The Muppets, and won a Grammy in 2007 with bandmate Jemaine Clement for their Flight of the Conchords album The Distant Future.

It was a wonderful feeling to be recognised at the yesterday's investiture ceremony among so many incredible people, he said.

"All of those people have given so much to the community, so it's very humbling to be recognised next to a guy who is trying to cure cancer."

Receiving his medal was a special moment because he was the third generation in his family to receive one.

The ceremony was a lot more personal than his trip to the Oscars, he said. "It's more intimate than the Oscars. They are both very different. It is much more personal and much more New Zealand, or Kiwi."

Sir Roderick Deane also received his knighthood at the ceremony, for his services to business and the community, while KiwiRail chairman John Spencer and chef Al Brown were honoured for their services to their industries.

But Brown's medal gave Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae some grief during the ceremony, prompting the well-known restaurateur to offer Sir Jerry a loan of his glasses to help pin it on.

"Those little pins can cause trouble at the best of times, but I think he was having trouble seeing," Brown said. "At least it gave everyone a bit of a chuckle."

Being in the room with people who had achieved so much was a complete honour.

"These people have done so much in so many different ways, so it's so nice to feel like you really are part of the fabric of New Zealand."

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