A veteran Māori broadcaster has been honoured for his services to Māori and broadcasting.
Ngāpuhi reo advocate Henare Kingi was an announcer at Radio Te Ūpoko o Te Ika in Wellington for more than 25 years.
Today he was honoured with a civic award, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) at Government House in Wellington.
Although it was a day to acknowledge his efforts, he instead paid homage to his former boss who taught him the ropes.
“One name that stands out in my mind is the person who nominated me, my old boss Piripi Walker.
“He was the station manager when I was there and it was him who taught me how to articulate myself on radio and how to structure my programme.”
Mr Henare said that he couldn’t have got this far without the people who worked with him.
“This honour belongs to them, it was them who encouraged me, allowed me to have an association with the likes of Te Karere and other Māori programmes.
“This taonga belongs to them, I’m just the person who received it and they supported me.”
The Ngāpuhi man also had some advice for people new to Māori broadcasting:
“Give it heaps and take our language to the level our ancestors would want it to aspire to.
“But don’t forget to be humble. Humility was a quality our ancestors treasured and deliver the language across the airwaves in that way.”