Salient Māori News Items to 11 Pipiri 2021
- National Party Member of Parliament, Paul Goldsmith, made a comment on television that he considered colonisation was, on balance good for Māori. The comment was not well received by most other politicians, with his own party leader, Judith Collins, not directly supporting that view and noted that no people, anywhere, like being colonised. (Mr Goldsmith later tried to rephrase the comment to essentially mean New Zealand is a great place to live now.) Opposition Members of Parliament suggested Mr Goldsmith was politicking, along the lines that ‘Māori should be grateful’ for Aotearoa as it is now.
Queen’s Birthday Honours
The following New Zealand Honours and Queen’s Service awards were conferred to Māori, or people giving services to Māori, on 07 June 2021.
To be Dames Companion of the said Order:
- Mrs Hinewehi Mohi, MNZM, of Havelock North. For services to Māori, music and television.
- Ms Ruia Mereana Morrison, MBE, of Rotorua. For services to tennis.
To be Knights Companion of the said Order:
- Mr Wayne (Buck) Thomas Shelford, MBE, of Auckland. For services to rugby and the community.
To be Companions of the said Order:
- Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, of Christchurch. For services to education, psychology and Māori.
- Mr Harry Haerengarangi Mikaere, of Coromandel. For services to the aquaculture industry and Māori.
- Mr John Webster Te Kapene Thatcher, of Tauranga. For services to Māori and education.
To be Officers of the said Order:
- Ms Esther Rata Jessop, QSM, of London, United Kingdom. For services to Māori and to New Zealand-United Kingdom relations.
- Ms Takutai Moana Natasha Kemp, of Auckland. For services to street dance and youth.
- Dr Benjamin Frank Pittman, of Hikurangi. For services to Māori and art.
- Ms Gwendoline Tepania-Palmer, of Hamilton. For services to Māori and health.
To be Members of the said Order:
- Mr Adam Ngawati Blair, of Auckland. For services to rugby league and the community.
- Ms Yvette Louise Couch-Lewis, of Christchurch. For services to conservation and Māori.
- Mr Ted Turua Ngataki, of Auckland. For services to Māori and the community.
- Ms Maxine Khrona Shortland, of Kawakawa. For services to netball and governance.
- Ms Gina Solomon, of Kaikoura. For services to conservation and governance.
- Ms Mairehe Louise Marie Tankersley, of Christchurch. For services to prisoners’ welfare and Māori.
- Mr Gabriel Pikiao Edward Te Moana, of Turangi. For services to Māori and governance.
- Ms Karen Vercoe, of Rotorua. For services to governance and sport.
- Ms Tracey Lee Wright-Tawha, of Invercargill. For services to health and Māori.
The Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)
- Mrs Michelle Susan Grant, of Gisborne. For services to victims of sexual violence.
- Mr David Matthews, of Christchurch. For services to people with disabilities.