7 Jun 2010

Leaders in NZ Pacific communities among those to get Queen's Birthday Honours

5:29 am on 7 June 2010

Several New Zealanders with close links to Pacific Island countries have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, announced today.

Dr Francis Agnew, just one of two Pasifika psychiatrists working in New Zealand, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor reports.

"Dr Francis Agnew has been recognised for his services to the Pacific Island community, including the provision of mental health clinics in the Cook Islands and helping to establish similar services in Samoa and American Samoa. Memea Eleitino Ma'aelopa has been given the same award for 25 years working with Pacific community organisations in Christchurch. Dr Teuila Percival has received the Queen's Service Order, while the Queens Service Medal went to Foufou Susana Hukui, Siale Afuhia Lilo and Soloi Tufuga Sanders - all for their work on behalf of the Pacific community."