June 02, 2020
Rewarding life for Te Waipounamu wahine toa
The newest Māori dame credits the Māori Women’s Welfare League with giving her an exciting life.
Aroha Reriti Crofts was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Māori and the community.
It’s a step up from the Commander of the Order of the British Empire awarded to her soon after she finished her terms as league president in 1993, and reflects her continuing mahi for the health and well being of Māori women and their whānau in a wide range of government, community and Māori organisations as well as her Ngāi Tahu iwi.
Joining the league in 1968 gave her a sense of possibility.
“I joined the league to do other stuff I thought would be more exciting and I wanted an exciting life and I’ve had an immensely exciting life because of the league,” Dame Aroha says.
Dame Aroha Reriti Crofts.
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