Painter Robin White is made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House today.
Caption: Two of Robin White's more famous paintings.
Mrs White received the award for services to painting and printmaking. Her work is well known throughout New Zealand.
She is recognised as a key figure in the development of the New Zealand 'regionalist' style. Her work often depicts
people in rural landscapes.
She has been a full-time painter and printmaker since 1972.
Mrs White said she was "really pleased" to receive the award and that she was having a Pacific Island themed party in
Carterton to celebrate.
- Story and images Anna Sutherland