Evelyn Ratima, of Hastings, QSM for services to Māori and the community
Evelyn Ratima established Whakatu’s ‘Christmas in the Park’, along with her husband, Des Ratima. This community event was a response to an increase in domestic violence and suicide following the closure of the Whakatu freezing works. It is now attended by more than 500 whānau every year. She is a trustee and treasurer of Tangoio Marae and a member of Te Tira Toitū te Whenua, the Hastings District Plan Cultural Values Subcommittee, and the Hastings District Council Māori Joint Committee. Mrs Ratima is a tutor at Whakatu’s Kōhanga Reo and has tirelessly supported and promoted her culture and language.