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Sir Jerry Mateparae hands out final honours

By Hania Douglas -

Published: 8:19PM Thursday April 28, 2016

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    Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae presents medal to war historian Monty Soutar - Source: Te Karere

Sir Jerry Mateparae has presided over his last investiture ceremony as the Governor General of New Zealand. 

The Governor General first entered the office in 2011, and after five years as the Queen’s representative in New Zealand, Sir Jerry is nearing the end of his term.

Māori war historian Monty Soutar was honoured to be among the recipients today, having been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and historical research.

Mr Soutar was also humbled by the Governor General’s comments to him as he was presented with his medal. 

‘He’s a rangatira. He told me he was honoured to present me with my medal for my research on Māori soldiers who went to war.’

Other Māori who featured in today’s investiture ceremony include Heta Hingston who, as a lawyer, argued before the Waitangi Tribunal against Rotorua’s sewage being fed into the Kaituna River.

As judge, Mr Hingston was instrumental in what became the Foreshore and Seabed debate after ruling that Māori were legally entitled to the ownership of the foreshore and seabed.  Today he was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to Māori and the judiciary.

Anne Marie Rotarangi-Kendall was awarded a Queen’s Service medal for services to Māori and the community. She wrote the Mokai Marae charter and is a life member of the Māori Wardens.  She continues her work with the wardens, serving her community of Papakura, Auckland.

Sir Jerry Mateparae’s five-year term in the office of the Governor General of New Zealand will come to an end on August 31. His successor-designate has been announced with the appointment of Dame Patsy Reddy.