June 06, 2022
Hurimoana Dennis-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:DENNIS, Mr Hurimoana Nui
For services to Māori and the community
Mr Hurimoana Dennis assumed leadership as Chair of Te Peua Memorial Marae in 2010 at a time when there were tensions between the Marae Board of Trustees and the wider Marae whānau.
Under Mr Dennis’ leadership, relationships were rejuvenated, a marae strategy and business plan were established and financial stability achieved, as well as initiation of a $5 million Marae rebuild and $7.8 million new build Tranistional Housing programme. He led the provision of support to people facing homelessness during the winter months of 2016 and 2017. With more than 1,200 volunteers, the marae supported 181 homeless people. The Manaaki Tangata e Rua programme was refined in 2018 to support up to 25 people at a time using a unique indigenous model of care. To date the program has placed 548 people into homes and co-locates MSD and Kainga Ora staff at the Marae to provide services to homeless people. He is a member of the National Kohanga Reo Trust and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Te Paa (People at Risk Solutions), which focuses on the care and respectful re-integration of people recently released from prison. Since 2020 Mr Dennis has been instrumental in the Taumata Kōrero forum of 16 Māori providers, delivering COVID-19 vaccination services, food and medicine access, and rangatahi support across Tamaki Makaurau.