Aroha Reriti Crofts has spent her life involved with health initiatives in Maori communities, such as Tamariki Ora, Rapuora (the mobile nursing service), outreach immunisation, flu vaccinations for older people and breast feeding advocacy. She’s a Justice of the Peace and she is a Life Member of the Otautahi Branch of Māori Women’s Welfare League having been its national and International president. In 1993 Mrs Reriti-Crofts was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and she was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal. She’s known to whanau as Auntie Aroha and she is especially well known for her love of colour. She is now Dame Aroha, for services to Māori and the community.
1 Jun 2020