Very honoured, very privileged, very humble

posted: 4:22 pm - 1st September 2017
Laauli Michael Jones inside pic

The pathway to leadership is through service, as demonstrated by a dedicated Pacific mentor.

Congratulations to La’auli Sir Michael Jones for his knighthood, bestowed upon him in Wellington this week at the Queen's Birthday Honours ceremony, for his services to the Pacific community and to youth.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive Officer Laulu Mac Leauanae says La’auli’s knighthood companion is well deserved.

“It is great to see his efforts recognised and we congratulate La’auli and his family on his achievement.”

Sir Michael joins other great Pacific New Zealanders who have been recognised for their services to Pacific and wider New Zealand communities, in an event hosted by the Ministry on Saturday 9 September at the Lesieli Hall Auditorium in South Auckland.

The Ministry’s Pō Fiefia event celebrates the success of Pacific people who have received the New Year and Queen’s Birthday Honours over the last three years. This includes the success of Dame Valerie Adams, recognised 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.

All Pacific people who have been recognised in the New Year and Queen’s Birthday Honours list will celebrate a dinner reception hosted by the Ministry with their families.