17 Dec 2009

Cullen awarded honorary doctorate

7:35 am on 17 December 2009

Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Otago University on Wednesday.

Before Dr Cullen was elected as a Labour MP in 1981, he was a senior history lecturer at the university.

University Vice Chancellor, Professor David Skegg, says the honorary degree recognises Dr Cullen's contributions as an academic and as a respected and influential politician.

He says Dr Cullen has played a pivotal role in the nation's political and economic affairs.