Ms Shannon Pakura, of Porirua, MNZM for services to social work
Shannon Pakura held several senior social work positions with the Department of Child, Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki), including Chief Social Worker. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Social Workers, serving as President and New Zealand Representative on the International Federation of Social Workers. She had a leading role in providing feedback on the proposed changes to social worker registration legislation, resulting in registration of social workers becoming mandatory. She is Chair of the Social Workers Registration Board. She was a member of the New Zealand Parole Board. Ms Pakura is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board for Oranga Tamariki.