8 Jun 2021

Honour to be recognised: Dame Hinewehi Mohi

From First Up, 5:16 am on 8 June 2021

Hinewehi Mohi has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Maori, music and television. She is one of the 170 recipients recognised in yesterday's Queen's Birthday Honours list. When Dame Hinewehi sang the New Zealand anthem in te reo Maori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Twickenham - it was the first time that it had been done at an international rugby match. This milestone started the now customary practice of singing our anthem in both te reo Maori and English. Reporter Kate Gregan asked Dame Hinewehi how it feels to be recognised: