We congratulate these amazing locals on being recognised for their selfless service to the community, in their field.
Ms Jane Tehira
To be an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit:
Ms Jane Tehira, New Lynn, for services to sport.
Ms Jane Tehira is the first woman to represent New Zealand in three different sporting codes, namely basketball, softball and hockey from the 1950s, winning seven national titles.
Ms Tehira captained several teams while with the Akarana Sports Association.
She played for Akarana Indoor Basketball team, who were the North Island Champs from 1951 to 1956 and won the New Zealand Championship in 1954. She played for the New Zealand Indoor Basketball team from 1953 to 1955.
Her hockey career included the Seddon Tech. women’s hockey team and the Auckland Women’s Hockey team from 1952 to 1956 and 1964 to 1966. She played for the Auckland Women’s Hockey team to win the New Zealand Championships for 1953/1954. She played for the national hockey team at the 1956 World Championship in Sydney.
She played softball for Akarana Softball team, the Auckland Women’s Softball team from 1950 to 1955, and the New Zealand Women’s Softball team in 1954/1955. She was a member of the Akarana Ladies rugby team who won the 1949 ‘Te Rarawa Challenge Cup’.
Her achievements are notable for overcoming challenges as a young Māori woman in sport during the 1950s in New Zealand. Ms Tehira was inducted into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ms Rochana Sheward
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:
Ms Rochana Sheward, New Lynn For services to the community
Ms Rochana Sheward has worked more than 20 years with not-for-profit organisations, strengthening communities through empowering and developing sustainable projects.
Ms Sheward was the Chief Executive of Maclaren Park Henderson South Community Trust between 2006 and 2017, establishing and developing four key programmes; the Hubwest Facility, Fairfood, The Tipping Point and Studio MPHS.
Fairfood, now an independent charity, is a food rescue operation, partnered with local businesses and trusted donors to ensure surplus food is delivered to frontline charities in Auckland.
The Tipping Point is a bargain store for preloved, salvaged goods adjacent to the Waitakere Refuse Station.
Ms Sheward secured a brand-new facility that is accessible to all in West Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Council to form the Hubwest Facility.
Studio MPHS is a STEM creative centre designed as an after-school space for the youth of West Auckland.
Ms Sheward has been Chief Executive of Belong Aotearoa since 2017, working to address systemic barriers to settlement by supporting thousands of newcomers, migrants and refugees who have settled in Auckland. She works collaboratively with communities, government and other organisations in the non-profit and profit sectors, to innovate and lead initiatives and provided a place to learn skills and gain experience.
Ms Frian Percy Wadia
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit:
Ms Frian Percy Wadia, New Windsor, for services to disability and education.
Ms Frian Wadia has championed systemic change and policy improvement in inclusive education and equity through her governance roles.
Ms Wadia has governance experience through several committees and boards and is passionate about leading systemic change to ensure meaningful, dignified lives for all individuals with disabilities. She was the Secretary of Auckland Parents of Deaf Children (APODC) for several years, providing supports, networks and advocacy for deaf children and their families.
She has been a member of the Chaucer School Board of Trustees since 2016, ensuring policies are inclusive, equitable and representative of staff and children, and fundraised through grants for the build of a new playground.
She has been a Coordinator of Very Important Parents – Equity in Education since 2016, engaging with the Ministry of Education, the Disability Rights Commissioner, Members of Parliament and other agencies to improve education for disabled children. She is a Board Member of the Teaching Council, establishing and chairing the Inclusive Education Advisory Group to the Board, consisting of experts in inclusive education influencing the Teaching Council functions and responsibilities.
Ms Wadia is a Board member of Parent to Parent, a nationwide not-for-profit organisation supporting families of children with any type of disability or health conditions, and Presiding Member of the Lottery Individuals with Disability distribution committee.
Mrs Vaisamoa Manoa
The Queen’s Service Medal was awarded to:
Mrs Vaisamoa Manoa, Avondale, for services to the Tuvalu community.
Mrs Manoa was a founder in 1995 of the Tuvalu Christian Church, the first Tuvalu church in New Zealand. Within the church, she has led the women's fellowship to support decision making within the church. She created Sunday school groups to support Tuvalu children and supported an initiative to establish a youth group.
She has helped maintain the Tuvalu language in the community. She helped found several Funafuti Tuvalu women’s committees to uphold the Tuvalu traditions and customs. She played a key role in establishing networks for Tuvalu women and men to promote and maintain their culture and practices, and helped new families settle to life in New Zealand. She also teaches songs and dances to Funafuti Tuvalu, passing down traditional knowledge.
She has been a member of Te Uluniu Tuvalu Taumatua Trust since 2003, which provides services to the Tuvalu communities in Auckland. She has taught and shared traditional Tuvalu weaving and taught needle work to young people. Mrs Manoa has appropriated materials available in New Zealand to create traditional items, adapting and modifying Tuvalu cultural practices.