5 Jun 2006

Pacific people recognized in Queen's Birthday Honours List

5:47 am on 5 June 2006

A number of Pacific people have been recognized in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Included on the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) list is Tana Umaga for his services to rugby.

The head of Tokelau's Council of Ongoing Government, Kolouei O'Brien and Pio Tuia, a leader in Tokelau also got an ONZM award for their services to the Tokelau community.

Tongan, Reverend Tevita Kilifi Heimuli of Auckland got a ONZM award for his services to the community, as did Elisapeta Karalus of Hamilton.

Falani Aukuso got a Queens Service Order award for his work in the Tokelau public service, and Sara Turepu-Murray a Queens Service Medal for her services to the Cook Islands community in the Wellington region.