1 Jun 2009

Pacific people in New Zealand recognised in Queen's honours

1:43 pm on 1 June 2009

Pacific people have been recognised in this year's New Zealand Queen's Birthday Honours for their work among Pacific communities and contribution to music.

The recipients were made either Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit, the MNZM, or received the Queens Service Medal, the QSM

Elma MaUa reports


"Le'autuli'ilagi Taotua Malaeta Fa'asapisapi So-vow picked up the highest award with the New Zealand order of Merit or MNZM for services to the Samoan and Pacific community over the past 30 years. Leau-too-li'ilagi lists the publicaton of Sulatoga An appreciation of Fine Mats in the Samoan language one of her satisfying achievements. Samoan musician Che Fu who also received MNZM for services to music, is one of New Zealand's most successful hip hop male vocalists, generating six top ten hits over a period of 10 years and wining a number of awards. Tongan Mele 'Ilaisipia Robson picks up the QSM for her work with the Pacific community in Blenheim in the South Island over the past 25 years. Also picking up a QSM is Niuean Au'Birthly Kingi for her work in Auckland with the Pacific and Niuean community, principally in the field of education. But she says accepting the award was hard because she didn't want to override her father, who received a QSM earlier."