Pasifika Peoples Recipients New Years Honours List 2021

Pasifika people have been recognised in this years New Years Honours List for 2021. Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says, ” I congratulate all the Pacific People who have shared in these New Year’s Honours and their families for their support and sacrifice over the years. It’s a great achievement for our Pacific communities across Aotearoa.”

Congratulations to the following recipients:


  • Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, receives the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Pacific health and tertiary education


  • Tuita’alili Vaitava’e Su’a Aloese-Moe, JP, for services to the Pacific community
  • Ms Sina Moana Wendt, for services to governance


  • Mr Alfred Meredith Filipaina, for services to the New Zealand Police and the community
  • Dr Rose Namoori-Sinclair, for services to the Kiribati community
  • Namulau’ulu Taotua Leaoa Joshua James Potoa’e Robertson, for services to the Pacific community
  • Mr Allan Stowers, for services to the Samoan community
  • Mrs Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai, for services to cultures and the arts
  • Mrs Teremoana Yala, for services to the Cook Islands community


  • Mrs Nonu ‘Unga Alatini, for services to the Tongan community and education
  • Mrs Vaisamoa Manoa, for services to the Tuvalu community
  • Mrs Taulapu Oliver, JP, for services to the Pacific community
  • Ms Glorious Marie Oxenham, for services to the Melanesian community
  • Mrs Ingi Kulesa Sale Tusini-Rex, for services to the Niue community


  • Mr Tito Daurewa, for services to the Pacific community and Pacific rugby
  • Mrs Falanisesi Fusitu’a Hafoka, for services to the Tongan community


Feature Image Credits: Dr Rose Namoori-Sinclair MNZM – Oxford University, Alf Filipaina MNZM – Auckland Council, Sina Moana Wendt ONZM – Creative New Zealand, Teremoana Yala MNZM – Governor General of New Zealand, Faumuina Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga CNZM – Otago University