06 June 2017: Pacific appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit

Service to the Pacific community was honoured yesterday with new appointments to the New Zealand Order of Merit with the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.

Michael Jones who is also a member on Pasifika Futures Board of Directors, was honoured with the second highest appointment, set to be a Knights Companion for his services to the Pacific community and youth.

“It’s fantastic to see our first Knights Companion awarded to such a deserving person who epitomises our commitment to service and leadership” comments Pasifika Futures CEO, Debbie Sorensen.

Cook Island born Mary Ama received the appointment of Companion for her services to the arts and Pacific community. In 2015 she was the first Pacific person to ever receive the Arts Access Aotearoa Community Correction Award for her work at Springhill Prison, where she delivered her Polynesia Creations programme. This programme was developed initially as the Pacifica Experience which delivered Pacific based arts and cultural programmes to school students for over 20 years.

Hamish Crooks, CEO of Pacific Homecare was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the Pacific Community alongside Sally Ikinofo who was appointed for her services to education and Maori and Pacific communities.

Other notable Pacific people who were honoured as Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit include chef Michael Meredith for his services as a restaurateur and to philanthropy as well as singer/songwriter Annie Crummer who was honoured for her services to music.

ENDS.

For more information contact Haley Crooks, Communications Advisor on 09 250 5761 or email Haley@pasifikafutures.co.nz