Topp Twins made Dames in Queen's Birthday Honours

Iconic folk singers and activists the Topp Twins have been made Dame Companions in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Jools and Lynda Topp were made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, and they say it's "weird" but very gratifying to be made Dames.

"We've changed the establishment, so they can give it to people like us now."

The Topp Twins campaigned for social justice issues such as the Springbok tour, Māori land rights issues and a nuclear-free New Zealand.

They say they're most proud of their work for the Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986, which decriminalised gay sex.

Now 60, the sisters felt they should accept the Queen's Birthday Honour as an acknowledgement of not only their own achievements, but those of others who supported them.

"It honours all the people that stood shoulder to shoulder with us. We were just lucky we had the microphone."