Ex-sex worker made a dame in New Zealand honours list
Catherine Healy was instrumental in bringing about New Zealand's 2003 decriminalising of sex work and the introduction of some of the most liberal prostitution laws in the world.
But the 62-year-old said
"It's not something I would have expected," she told Radio New Zealand.
"In fact, I always say I expect to be arrested at dawn, not to have this kind of tremendous honour and I was just very affected, very touched."
Healy has led the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective since 1989 and her honours citation said she had built it "into a globally respected public health provider".
She spearheaded the campaign for the 2003 law reform which allowed brothels and street workers to operate legally.
The reform meant sex workers were covered by employment, health and safety laws, giving them rights they had never previously enjoyed.
Healy said her new title showed how much attitudes had changed.
"This honour, and to have it given to me, is about saying, 'Okay, it's okay, you can come in from the cold, you and yours'," she told the national broadcaster.
New Zealand awards honours twice a year -- at New Year and to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II in early June.
Other recipients honoured on Monday included former prime minister Bill English, who was made a knight.
Cherry LugardJun 20, 2018
Real Spells Caster Help To Bring Back Ex Lover Husband Wife Boyfriend Girlfriend His Website Via> http://supremespellcast.website2.me - Call/WhatsApp: 2347087462033 - Email: Supremespellcast@gmail.com I never believed in spell casting but After 6 years of dating my ex-lover she broke up with me, I still imagine how Dr. Sam brought my ex-lover back to me in just 48 hours. No one could have ever made me believe that there is a real spell caster that really works. Am Cherry by name, I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real online spell caster that is powerful and genuine, His name is Dr. Sam, He helped me recently to reunite my relationship with my ex-lover who left me, When I contacted Dr. Sam he cast a love spell for me and my ex-lover who said she doesn't have anything to do with me again called me and started begging me. She is back now with so much love and caring. today I am glad to let you all know that this spell caster has the powers of bringing lovers back. because I am now happy with my lover, and the most surprising, is that our love is very strong, every day is happiness and joy. and there is nothing like been with the woman you love. I am so happy my love is back to me with the help of Dr. Sam if you have similar problem or you want to fix your broken relationship, stop divorce, get your ex back, get your divorce wife or husband back, I will advise you to contact him ,he is there to help you and put a smile on your face ask he did to me and others. his email: (Supremespellcast@gmail.com Or Supremespellcast@yahoo.com) Or you can visit his Website Via> http://supremespellcast.website2.me Or His web page https://supremespellcast.blogspot.com Add him up on (WhatsApp him 2347087462033)