Ministry recognises Pacific Honourees

posted: 2:22 pm - 11th September 2017
Laauli Michael Jones cr

An event to honour high-achieving Pacific New Zealanders was led by the Ministry on Saturday 9 September at the Lesieli Hall Auditorium in South Auckland, to acknowledge all those who made it onto the Queen’s Honour list.

Over 500 guests attended the celebration, which included a special message from the New Zealand Governor General Her Excellency The Rt. Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, congratulating the Pacific Island honours recipients where she said, “You have earned the respect of your communities and are an inspiration and a source of great pride to all New Zealanders.”

A video message from the New Zealand Prime Minister Le’ulua’ialiiotumua Rt. Hon Bill English and his good lady Dr Mary English acknowledged the honourees and their families.

Pacific Peoples Minister, Hon Alfred Ngaro says this is an opportunity for all New Zealand Pacific communities to come together and acknowledge the contributions made by outstanding Pacific people, and to celebrate their successes.

Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive Officer, Laulu Mac Leauanae says an event to mark the success of Pacific people who have received the New Year and Queen’s Birthday Honours over the last three years is worthy of a celebration.

The Ministry organised the Pō Fiefia event to celebrate Pacific leaders who have been honoured for their service from 2015 to 2017.

This includes the success of Dame Valerie Adams, honoured as the youngest New Zealander and first Pacific person to be appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at last year’s New Year's Honours, and La’auli Sir Michael Jones being awarded the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

“These honours are an important and well-deserved recognition of Pacific people who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in our Pacific communities,” says Laulu.

“The Honourees deserve a celebration in a Pacific Island setting.”

“The Ministry is best placed to lead this celebration, as an opportunity to commend the contribution and services of our great Pacific New Zealanders in various genres. We also recognise and celebrate their families and friends.”

Most people found the event a huge success and are very thankful to the Ministry for staging such an incredible celebration.

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