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THE TITLE "THE HONOURABLE"
Her Majesty The Queen has approved the following rules for the use and grant of the title “The Honourable” in New Zealand:
The rules relating to the use and grant of the title “The Honourable” in New Zealand that were approved by Her Majesty The Queen in 1974 are hereby cancelled.
THE PRIVY COUNCIL
Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council is the Sovereign’s inner advisory committee on executive matters of state in the United Kingdom.
Appointments to the Council are made by The Queen on the advice of the British Prime Minister. Persons appointed to the Council have usually held high political, ecclesiastical, or judicial office, or achieved eminence in public affairs in the United Kingdom or Commonwealth, or in both. The Judicial Committee of the Council acts as a Court of Appeal in certain proceedings from courts in the United Kingdom , New Zealand, and certain other Commonwealth countries.
See the list of current New Zealand Members of the Council.
In New Zealand, the Prime Minister, senior and long-serving Ministers of the Crown, the Chief Justice and Judges of the Court of Appeal are usually appointed to the Council.
Privy Counsellors may use the title "The Right Honourable" (abbreviated to "The Rt Hon") before their name (members of the British Peerage who are Privy Counsellors may use the letters "PC" after their name).