3 Jan 2007

The newly knighted Terepai Maoate credits family and friends for his honour

10:51 am on 3 January 2007

The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Dr Terepai Maoate who has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth in this year's New Years honours, credits family and friends with his new title.

The leader of the ruling Democratic Party was made a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), for his services to the community and the public sector.

Sir Terepai says he's honoured to receive the KBE, adding that it would not have been possible without the support of his family and friends.

"I think I owe it all to them, who supported me, I think that's always been my feeling that if I can lead the work in my area, I'll do so and I think that has helped a lot to achieve many things."

Sir Terepai Maoate.

Other Cook Island reciepients include Selina Matenga-Napa, who is made a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to sport, youth and the community.

And Matapo Paiere Mokoroa is awarded the British Empire Medal, Civil Division (BEM), for services to the community and public sector.