Frances James, Knight of the National Order of Merit
At a ceremony in Napier on Friday, 30 January 2010, His Excellency Michel Legras, Ambassador of France to New Zealand, awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite medal to Ms Frances James, better known as Franki James. This was in recognition for her activities throughout her professional career which have presented a positive image of France and which thus awakened other people’s interest in and love for that country.
Living in the Hawke’s Bay city of Napier, Ms James was born in Edinburgh and has both New Zealand and British citizenship. Over the course of a varied professional career, she has been a journalist and an English and French language teacher. She has also worked as a social worker and with sick people.