June 06, 2022
Mihikore Te Huia-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
The Queen’s Service Medal TE HUIA, Mrs Roberta Mihikore (Mihikore)
For services to Māori
Mrs Mihikore Te Huia advocated between 1964 and 2001 for a Marae to be established in the Te Atatu region of Auckland.
Mrs Te Huia took the then Waitakere City Council to court several times after consultations to establish a Marae had failed countless times. In 2001, the then Mayor and the councillors agreed to set aside 2.5 hectares of land for Marae purposes on the Harbour View Land in Te Atatu Peninsula. Court proceedings have halted the build of the Marae for several years since, but she has used funding to host Matariki Events since 2016 to promote the profile of the Marae. In its first year, the event hosted an art exhibition which saw one school enter, but in 2021 16 schools had entered. The events include performing arts, kapa haka, and include Pacific and Indian cultural celebrations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has ensured elderly persons are taken care of and has helped provide garden food boxes for those in the community. Mrs Te Huia has been a member of the Te Atatu branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League and was appointed as the first Māori woman on the Waitakere City Council.