Ratapu Hori Te Awa is keeping his feet on the ground after being named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list by remembering all the hard work his ancestors put in before him.
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Known as Hori, Mr Awa has been the chief executive officer at Waahi Whaanui Trust in Huntly for 22 years. The trust is responsible for delivering several contracts in the health, social, educational and employment areas to the people of Waikato Tainui.
Mr Awa, made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), has worked alongside his whanau, hapu, marae and iwi for the last 30 years.
“I’m hugely honoured but this belongs to all those people who do the hard yards. I always think about the old people and all the hard work they have done before, and that brings me back to the position I need to be in.”
Mr Awa is the Te Iwi o Waikato representative on the Waikato District Health Board Iwi Maori Council, a member of the Tangata Whenua Community Sector Taskforce and co-chair of the Kia Tutahi Steering group.
He is the chair of Nga Rangatahi o Manamotuhake, which develops youth through the medium of dance, was a member of the Waikato Conservation Board from 1990 to 1998 and the Waikato Community Trust, which he chaired from 2003 to 2007.
He is a member of the Council for Socially Responsible Investment.