Owen Glenn a knight

03 April 2013
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Sir Owen Glenn

Business School supporter and philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn jokes that his recent knighthood means his mates will have to treat him with respect.

Sir Owen, who has supported the Business School and several other University of Auckland initiatives over many years, says he never expected to become a knight and honours “don’t happen every day of the week”.

Passionate about curbing New Zealand's growing problem with domestic violence, Sir Owen has funded a public inquiry into the issue and is behind several initiatives he wants to see established in the South Auckland suburb of Otara. His Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit is for his service to philanthropy and was bestowed in the New Year’s Honour List.

Sir Owen, who immigrated to New Zealand at the age of 11, is a proud New Zealander who supports many causes such as music, sport and business. “It’s a great, great honour,” he says of the knighthood, “and all my mates are going to have to treat me with respect!”.

One of eight new dames and knights appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sir Owen says his late parents would have been thrilled with their son’s latest recognition.