Mittens the cat, Dr Ashley Bloomfield recognised at Te Papa for helping through COVID-19 lockdown

Wellington's famous feline has been awarded alongside Dr Ashley Bloomfield.,
Wellington's famous feline has been awarded alongside Dr Ashley Bloomfield., Photo credit: Facebook/Getty

Wellington's favourite feline has been recognised alongside the Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health for helping through the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mittens the Turkish angora has been acknowledged as part of the Mihi Project - an art installation which projects the names of those who have helped through the pandemic onto a wall of Te Papa.

"Mihi acknowledges and celebrates those who have helped us throughout lockdown and the collective effort against COVID-19 - from scientists, doctors and essential workers to whanau and friends," reads the website description.

The news of Mittens' most recent accolade was shared to a Facebook page dedicated to him where commenters expressed their joy at the news.

"He deserves it. He cheered up a lot of people!" wrote one person.

Other people from across the world commented that news of Mittens' adventures helped them through their own countries' lockdowns.

"Mittens - you helped me through lockdown in Scotland. Thank you for making the world a floofier (and better) place!" wrote one woman. 

"Mittens helped me a lot during our German lockdown!" said another. 

As well as Mittens the cat, other familiar names such as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles will scroll past. 

From July  20 to 22 between 6pm and 8:30pm the names will be emblazoned across the walls of the national museum as a thank you for their service.