Carolina Izzo awarded Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia
ICCNZ Councillor Carolina Izzo was last night awarded the insignia of the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the Ambassador of Italy, HE Carmelo Barbarello.
This award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy.
Carolina was presented with the honour at the celebrations of Italian National Day held at Soundings Theatre in Te Papa, Wellington on 30 May. The Ambassador presented Carolina’s award in front of a packed auditorium, who were invited to hear the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra play Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi. The audience included the President of the Chamber, Christopher Griggs and a number of Councillors. The New Zealand Government was represented by Hon Maggie Barry ONZM, Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage, Minister of Conservation, and Minister for Senior Citizens.
Carolina spoke of her early formative experiences restoring cultural treasures in southern Italy following an earthquake and her pleasure in being able to assist with similar work in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.
Minister Barry made particular mention of Carolina’s achievement in restoring the Isaac Royal Theatre. ICCNZ President Christopher Griggs was very pleased to be able to congratulate Carolina on behalf of the chamber. Carolina has special responsibility on the Council for the delivery of appropriate Italian language communications and will be known in official chamber correspondence as Cav. Carolina Izzo.