He admits his first reaction when he was told about it three weeks ago, was “a bit embarrassed and kind of unworthy”.
However, as anyone who has met him will testify, he certainly is worthy, because his energy, drive and passion and the achievements he has made for the betterment of the Pacific community in New Zealand, are outstanding.
A pastor at Victory Church in Porirua, Wellington, Tauira has lived in New Zealand for 27 years.
He says the award is recognition of the efforts and hard work of the “awesome wonderful family” he has.
“It’s also recognition of the supportive church I have and the amazing people of Porirua who have helped and supported me in advocating, promoting and highlighting and addressing issues that affect and impact the wellbeing of our Pacific peoples.
“This award is for them.”
The Pacific community is important to Tauira as first and foremost, he is a son of the Pacific.
A strong advocate for good health, he is the chairperson of Pacific Health Services of the Porirua Board and the founder and personal trainer for BodySweat Fitness Porirua.
Tauira was the Pacific Adviser to the chief executive Officer of the Ministry of Corrections for a number of years, developing Pacific strategies and plans that focused on support for Pacific inmates. He served the same role on the Ministry of Education Pasifika Advisory Group.
He was also a coordinator of the Strong Pacific Families Group that addresses and seeks solutions for Family Violence issues in Porirua.
Tauira was born on Rarotonga on January 30, 1969 and raised in the village of Tupapa - a son to parents Tai Tura (Mauke, Mitiaro, Aitutaki) and Atinata Tauira Maka (Atiu/Rarotonga).
He is married to Kitiona Yala Tauira and have four children: Tuhan (27), Brienela (26), Patrima(23) and Christopher (17).
“I am grateful humbled and thankful to God for giving me this opportunity in serving our Pacific people in Porirua and the wider community,” he said earlier this week.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wife Kitiona, my children and our family church. Praise God, thank you and glory to Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen.”