Mrs Louisa Humphry, MNZM, of Thames, for services to the Kiribati community and culture
Louisa Humphry helped set up a Kiribati community group in Auckland, helped establish Kiribati Independence celebrations, advocated for Kiribati’s presence in Auckland Pacifica festivals, and was a member of what is now the New Zealand Kiribati National Council.
She has worked to preserve and share Kiribati weaving practices. As an artist, she has exhibited widely and passed on her knowledge through workshops.
She supported immigrant workers in the agricultural industry, ensuring they had adequate clothing and food and helping with translation.
She continues to translate in New Zealand Courts and District Health Boards. Mrs Humphry managed the combined Christian food bank and helped establish Hamilton’s first Pacific health clinic.