Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Noffke, QSM, recently attended the investiture ceremony where she was awarded the Queens Service Medal for services to music. The ceremony, which was held in the afternoon of 9th October at Government House in Auckland, honoured twelve medal recipients, including Mrs Noffke.
Betty was delighted to have her family present. After the ceremony they were treated to afternoon tea in the pavilion which is located on the grass outside Government House. “Dame Patsy Reddy our Governor General, was absolutely lovely and very professional,” says Betty.
“Prior to the ceremony the recipients were invited into a large drawing room in Government House where we were informed of the procedure. The room was lovely with a soft green plush carpet, sitting chairs, chandeliers and New Zealand art work on the walls.
“The view from the room looked out over lawns and gardens. When the time came for the participants to move into the ceremony we marched into the room in single file.
“A member of the staff showed us where to sit and when it was time to stand up to hear their citation read aloud, we were to move forward to receive the medal. It was all very professional, and the staff were most helpful,” Betty recalls.
In the evening Betty and her family went to Sky City Orbit Restaurant for dinner, which Betty described as “a wonderful way to finish an amazing experience - the view of Auckland City was a delight to see from a revolving restaurant”.