June 06, 2021
Maranga mai Dame Ruia Morrison ! Dame Hinewehi Mohi ! and Tā Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford
Maranga mai Dame Ruia Morrison ! Dame Hinewehi Mohi ! and Tā Wayne 'Buck' Shelford
There’s two new Maori dames and one Maori knight named in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Tennis trailblazer Ruia Morrison, who in 1957 was the first Maoriwoman to compete at Wimbledon, and singer Hinewehi Mohi, whose decision to sing the New Zealand national anthem in Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Twickenham changed forever how it is performed, were both made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Former All Black captain Wayne “Buck” Shelford, is a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Other new knights and dames include Dr Carolyn Burns, leading international authority on the ecology of lakes, nursing educator Judy Kilpatrick, former Fisher & Paykel Healthcare CEO Michael Daniell, cancer drug researcher Distinguished Professor Bill Denny and artist and environmentalist Grahame Sydney.
New Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit include University of Canterbury Professor Angus Macfarlane for services to education, psychology and Māori, Harry Mikaere for services to the aquaculture industry and Māori, and waka navigator Jack Thatcher.
Esther Jessop, who has been part of the London Māori Club Ngati Ranana since its formation in 1958 and is still its Honorary President of Ngati Ranana, becomes an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Other new Officers include Natasha (Tarsh) Takutai Moana Kemp from Papakura, for services to street dance and youth, artists and Creative Northland chair Ben Pittman, and Maori health leader Gwen Tepania-Palmer.
Adam Blair’s efforts on and off the rugby league paddock have earned him the tile of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Other members include:
– – Te Rehia Papesch has been a public servant since 1985 and Regional Commissioner for the Ministry of Social Development for more than 22 years, currently working in the Waikato region.
– Yvette Couch-Lewis, the chair of the governance board for Lyttleton/Whakaraupō Harbour;
– Conservation advisor and the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity chair Hoani Langsbury;
– Master carver and Ngāti Tamaoho negotiator and trustee Ted Turua Ngataki;
– Musician and former television producer and presenter Teremoana Rapley;
– Netball New Zealand director Maxine Shortland;
– Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board chair Gina Solomon;
– Te Rūnaka ki Ōtautahi o Kāi Tahu Trust chair Mairehe Louise Tankersley, for services to prisoners' welfare and Māori;
– Mr Ken Trinder has been active with his two hapū, Puketapu and Pukerangiora and his marae Muru Raupatu and Kairau of the Te Ātiawa iwi since 1974. Mr Trinder has held most committee roles and is currently Chair of Muru Raupatu Marae. He has implemented fundraising policies and ensured hapū property is well maintained.
– Rereahu, Maniapoto and Tuwharetoa kaumatua Gabe Te Moana;
– Te Arawa Lakes Trust chief executive and sporting leader Karen Vercoe;
– Southland kaupapa Maori health leader Tracey Wright-Tawha.
– Mr Harry Haerengarangi Mikaere – For services to the aquaculture industry and Māor has been a pioneer of aquaculture as one of the earliest mussel farmers in the Coromandel area, and has supported other organisations in the development of their businesses over 30 years, helping the industry become world-renowned.Mikaere has been a pioneer of aquaculture as one of the earliest mussel farmers in the Coromandel area, and has supported other organisations in the development of their businesses over 30 years, helping the industry become world-renowned.
– Dr Benjamin Pittman for servies to Māori and Art. He has chaired Creative Northland since 2016 and been a Trustee and Secretary of Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust Board since 2017.
– Ms Gwen Tepania-Palmer for serivces to Māori and Health. (Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Paoa) has been a transformational leader for Māori Health organisations and Health Sector Governance.
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