More Top Stories

National
Rugby league

Moana target 2025 World Cup

11 November 2022

Business

Moment of truth at COP27

12 November 2022

Local

We’re halfway there!

16 November 2022

Paddling

From the river to the ocean

18 November 2022

Seven Cook Islanders receive Queen’s Birthday Honours medals

Thursday 24 November 2022 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in

Share

Seven Cook Islanders receive Queen’s Birthday Honours medals
The Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients with the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Marsters, Prime Minister Mark Brown, New Zealand High Commissioner Tui Dewes and Religious Advisory Council president Pastor Bobby Matapo. 22112309

The Cook Islands recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours were presented with their medals yesterday by the King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Tuaine Marsters.

The recipients were formally approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before she passed away in September aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters said the seven recipients – three from 2021 and four from 2022 – were honoured for the good work and services they have provided to the country and their communities.

The recipients of the medals include Tekaotiki (Tiki) Matapo, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the community and public service; Bishop Tutai O Marama Maao-Tino Pere, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to the Church and to the community; Marie Ketia Melvin, British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to the community and to the business sector; Mitaera Ngatae Teatuakaro Michael Tavioni, British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to the arts and to the community; Ian Karika Wilmott, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the community and public service and George George Brian Williamson, Member of the most excellent order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to the community and public service.

Marie Ketia Melvin, British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to the community and to the business sector, her siblings, family and King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters. 22112314

King’s Rep Marsters acknowledged the assistance from New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Tui Dewes for procuring the medals.

He said normally the ceremony was held on the Queen’s birthday (June 1st) or in the New Year, however, it was drawn to his attention that a couple of recipients wouldn’t be on the island during that period, therefore the presentation was brought forward before Christmas.

Marie Melvin was “very humbled” to receive the British Empire Medal.

“I can’t help feeling that these things that you do throughout your life, you do it not on your own. You can’t do it on your own, it’s the support, the love, the goodwill and the friendship of your family and friends who allow you to do these things,” Melvin said.

“So, I’m humbled that I’m here, but in fact there was a lot of people involved in it and I’m very humbled by it.”


Tekaotiki (Tiki) Matapo, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the community and public service, with his brothers Tereapii (Sabu) Matapo (left) and Pastor Bobby Matapo. 22112309

George Williamson, also known as George George, said he was “humbled and honoured” to receive the award.

“I can only thank those who have seen the good things I’ve done, I’m who I am today because of the people … like my family, my friends, my sporting family, my community,” said Williamson.

Williamson has worked for CITC for half his life and is sincerely grateful to the company for their support.

“In a bigger way, CITC has certainly been supportive of my role and the community, all the CITC radio, TV and sports programmes, they have played a big part in carving who I am,” said Williamson.

The next round of awards – The Honorary King’s Awards – is most likely to fall on November 14, the birthday of the King Charles III.

Comments

Leave a Reply