Baseball New Zealand recognises members who have made outstanding contributions to New Zealand or international Baseball through the awarding of the following honours
Life Membership is the highest honour which can be bestowed by Baseball New Zealand on a member. Since its inception in 1966, the following Life Memberships have been awarded.
Further information about the criteria and process for awarding Baseball New Zealand Life Membership can be found in the Baseball New Zealand Constitution and the Member Recognition Policy.
Hall of Fame
The Baseball New Zealand Hall of Fame was established in 1985 when Baseball New Zealand was known as the New Zealand Baseball Federation. The Hall of Fame recognises New Zealand players and non-players who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of Baseball at the international level.
To be eligible for nomination, a player must have:
- Retired from open international competition for 4 years
- Competed in open international competition for at least 6 years, including two ISF Open World Championships.
- Retired from open international representation for 4 years
- Participated in open international competition for at least 5 years, including one ISF Open World Championship.
Awards of Excellence
The Baseball New Zealand Awards of Excellence recognise players, administrators and officials who have made outstanding contributions to Baseball in New Zealand during the previous 12 months. The Award winners receive a crystal trophy presented to them at the annual Awards Dinner, held in November.
The Baseball New Zealand Service Award recognises significant contributions to Baseball in New Zealand. It is made to any member (player or non-player) who, in the opinion of the Baseball New Zealand Directors, has given at least 10 years noteworthy service to Baseball in New Zealand.
New Zealand Honours
Like most countries, New Zealand has a system of honours and awards so its citizens can be recognised for excellence, achievement or meritorious service. New Zealand's distinctive honours system began in 1975 with the creation of the Order of New Zealand. Since then, New Zealand has created additional awards to completely replace those areas of service previously recognised in the British Imperial system and to recognise additional areas of service valued by New Zealanders.
New Zealand Honours are unique as they were designed for the community to make nominations. Anyone can nominate a New Zealand citizen for an honour. For more information, visit the New Zealand Government’s Honours website.
Baseball New Zealand members have been awarded the following New Zealand and Imperial honours:
MNZM Mr Michael Edward RIELLY, of Auckland. For services to baseball.
* MNZM - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit