For this year’s final investiture in Wellington, 12 recipients were welcomed to Government House. Ron Baker received an MNZM for services to Māori and mental health. Mr Barker has spent his career working to improve Māori mental health, beginning as a Charge Nurse at the first Māori Mental Health Unit, in Tokanui Hospital. He helped create of Manawanui, which is a Marae supporting Māori with mental health and addiction issues. Tofilau Taufale was honoured for his contribution to Pacific health, having led many Pacific health and wellbeing initiatives. Mr Taufale is co-founder of USO Bike Ride, an organisation which aims to improve the wellbeing of communities through cycling.
You can find more images from todays's ceremony in the Wellington Investitures 27 September 2023 PM image gallery.