Equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett made Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The aged care worker's tireless advocacy helped bring about a historic $2 billion Government deal, which boosted the pay of more than 50,000 mainly female workers.

The Queen's Birthday Honour comes just three months after Ms Bartlett was named New Zealander of The Year.

She says the accolades are an acknowledgement of the work carried out by thousands of supporters and the unions.

"We all worked together collectively - I could not have done this alone," she said.

"So this recognition goes to all of those who really deserve it."

Ms Bartlett is still working for TerraNova Homes - the company she first took to court - and is also juggling speaking engagements.

Next week she will be in London to speak at Union Global, where she'll meet workers also fighting the global equal pay battle.

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