Having his family with him made interfaith leader David Zwartz’s memory of being honoured at his investiture ceremony even more exceptional.

The Wellingtonian has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Jewish and interfaith communities.

Zwartz was honoured at Government House along with eleven other recipients on Wednesday morning and described the experience as “gratifying”.

Attending the ceremony with him were his brother and his wife, Zwartz’s two children and three grandchildren.

I just do everything I can to stop any spread of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewishness because that’s something that shouldn’t exist in any healthy society. But unfortunately it does still continue and I think that fighting against it is something important for New Zealand society as a whole, not just the Jewish community.

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