June 06, 2022
Dr Ella Henry-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: HENRY, Dr Ella Yvette
For services to Māori, education and media
Dr Ella Henry has a background in sociology, business and Māori indigenous development and has been active in research, teaching and advocacy for Māori media for more than 20 years.
Dr Henry has worked at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) since 2008, initially in Māori Development and since 2019 at the Business School, where she is Director of Māori Advancement. She was Head of Puukenga School of Māori Education at Unitech from 2002 to 2004. She has endeavoured to accumulate knowledge of Māori history, culture and society, particularly examining gender complementarity in Māori cosmology and society, and apply this knowledge to contribute to better outcomes for Māori, specifically wāhine Māori and in the fields of media and academia. She has been involved with the Māori screen industry as a writer, actor, presenter and commentator. She was Chair of Nga Aho Whakaari, the Association of Māori in Screen Production, which she helped establish. She was previously Chair of the Association of Women in Film and Television New Zealand. Dr Henry was a Treaty Negotiator for her iwi Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa and was a Trustee and Chair of the Post-Settlement Governance Entity until 2019.