Waititi is working in Los Angeles so his wife collected the award on his behalf from Prime Minister Bill English at the ceremony in Auckland.
Two are in a critical condition after the crash on the Banks Peninsula.
It's a two bedroom unit, and she is paying $450 a week to live there, in an area where the median rent a week is $270.
The fun-loving pod were dunking and diving with mum on one side and dad on the other, said local surf instructor Dave Lyons.
The Governor-General delivered a message on behalf of The Queen on the sixth anniversary of the earthquake.
Lianne Dalziel says the new memorial is a place to reflect with sadness and gratitude.