2 Jun 2014

Five Pacific women on NZ Honours list

1:02 pm on 2 June 2014

Five women have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours for their work in the Pacific community in New Zealand.

Christopher Gilbert reports.

"Maliaga Erick was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for advocacy work on behalf of Pacific children with mental illness.

Dr Leslie Tongati'o was made an honorary member for leading the Ministry of Education's Pasifika team since 1993 and heavy involvement with childhood education.

Piripo Elisaia is awarded a Queens Service Medal, for founding Pacific Homecare, an award winning organisation which provides free services to Pacific elderly in Auckland.

As was Fereni Ete, who spent thirty five years in community education promoting the Samoan language and chairing Samoan Capital Radio.

The Honorary Queen's Service Medal went to Aufaga Tuimauga for her work producing resources for the teaching of Samoan, and English as a second language, in schools."