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America's Cup heroes Peter Burling, Blair Tuke proud recipients of NZ Order of Merit

Kiwi sailing heroes Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were today bestowed the New Zealand Order of Merit, having both been included in the 2017 New Year's Honours list.

In a ceremony at Government House this morning, the 2016 Olympic gold medallists were both recognised for their services to sailing.

"Pretty amazing feeling," began Tuke.

"Really cool day for Pete and I, and our families here.

"A real privilege, and neat to see what a lot of other Kiwis are up to. Really great New Zealanders."

Burling echoed the sentiments of his long time teammate.

"It's obviously an amazing honour to receive these medals today," he told 1 NEWS.

"We've been trying to get to a ceremony for a little while now, it's a pretty cool thing to know that you've been given that honour quite a while ago now.

Finally, Tuke spoke at the feeling of being able to don the New Zealand Order of Merit, with the pair in their Olympic blazers.

"Definitely makes the blazers look that much cooler.

"Something we'll wear really proudly."

The pair of sailors were part of today's investitures at Government House. Source: 1 NEWS


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