December 30, 2019
Medals for mahi Maori in New Year’s honours
The 2020 New Year’s honours list has highlighted the work of a number of those working for Māori in a range of endeavours.
Weaver Ranui Ngarimu from Christchurch was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art and culture.
Mana News co-founder Gary Wilson of Pukekohe was awarded an ONZM for services to Māori and Pacific journalism and broadcasting
New Members of the Order of New Zealand include George Leonard Burt of Katikati, for services to Māori and broadcasting, University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Aroha Harris for services to Māori and historical research, Arneta Honey Hireme from Hamilton services to rugby league, and Marama Amiria Tuuta from Masterton for services to Māori and education.
And Dennis Te Uhi Marsh from Pukekohe will be having a Māori hangi to celebrate his MNZM for services to music and fundraising.
Among those to receive a Queens Service Medal are Kataraina Kathy Allen, from Kaiti in Gisborne, for services to the community, Jaylene Viki Ball, Manurewa, for services to Māori and the community, Reverend Ngaire Glenys Davis and Panapa Stewart Davis from Kawakawa, for services to the community, Veranoa Hetet from Lower Hutt, for services to Māori art, Rotorua police officer Lehi Hohaia for services to the New Zealand Police and Māori, and Hawera kaumatua Turangapito “Sandy” Parata for services to Māori, health and youth.
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