We Acknowledge the Hard Work and Talent of Queen’s Birthday Honours Recipients

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu congratulates the remarkable New Zealanders who have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday awards announced this morning.

Trevor Taylor, Board Chair of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency is particularly pleased to recognise the talented individuals across Te Waipounamu who have contributed so much for the benefit of whānau today and in the future.

“From Murihiku we recognise Stewart Bull who has been awarded a QSM for his expertise in kaitiakitanga, guardianship and conservation.  Stewart has served in multiple ways a member of the Southland Conservation Board; the Murihiku Kaitiaki Roopu; the Whenua Hou Committee; chairman of Ōraka Aparima Runaka; chair of the Tītī (Beneficial) Islands Committee and the Rakiura Tītī Islands Committee, amongst many other boards.   Through this role, his guidance has helped to strengthen Māori cultural understandings across Southland.

“We pay tribute to Gabe Huria, Chair of Ngai Tūāhuriri, who has an impressive and wide-ranging background in mental health and community housing and Ngai Tahu tribal development.   Gabe, is also a talented writer, with experience in communication and broadcasting.  Her ethic of duty extends also to her commitment as the Kaihautu/ Mission Leader for Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Tiaki Manatu and Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika.   As a Board, we have appreciated the expertise Gabe brings to governance and we are pleased she has been honoured with a MNZM.

“Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also commends Ms Timua Te Puhi Kai Ariki Brennan of Ngai Tahu for services to music and Māori performing arts who has been honoured with an Order of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).   Whānau from Rapaki, Arowhenua, Waihao, Waitaha, Tuahiwi and Moeraki – and across Te Waipounamu as a whole – can be justifiably proud of this talented singer”.

Mr Taylor has congratulated Dr Sharon Ellen Barcello Gemmell of Blenheim who became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and education (MNZM).

“Dr Barcello-Gemmell was a kaiako and director of Koru Institute of Technology and Education (KITE).   “Her thesis on Indigenous Development and Advancement called "Land is the foundation of all our troubles" is one of many ways that Sharon has added to the knowledge base for  Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa and Te Ātiawa and the wider community across Te Tauihu.

Mr Taylor also acknowledged the Chair of the Whānau Ora Review Panel, Caren Jane Rangi, who has been awarded ONZM for services to the Pacific community and governance.

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