A life's dedication to Maori

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013
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NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
Ngai Tahu kaumatua Michael Skerrett breaks the ground at the site of the new Ronald McDonald family room at Southland Hospital.

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A life's dedication to the Maori community of Southland has been recognised in the New Year honours list.

Michael Skerrett, of Invercargill, was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to Maori and the community.

Mr Skerrett's achievements and contributions to the community are varied, including being a key player in arranging cultural welcomes for visiting dignitaries to Invercargill, such as the Kumayaga Sister City delegation, teams during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the King of Tonga.

Mr Skerrett, who could not be contacted for comment yesterday, is widely respected throughout the community for his contribution to Maoridom.

He is also the iwi liaison officer for Invercargill City Council and chairman of the Kaitiaki Roopu Murihiku Advisory Committee and Waihopai Runaka.

He is the Runaka representative on Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Board and has been a member of the Rakiura Titi Island Committee and governing body. He has been the director of Murihiku Holdings Limited since 1994 and Waihopai Runaka Holdings since 2000.

He has been the manager of Te Ao Marama Inc since 1996, the Ngai Tahu consultancy on resource management issues for local and regional councils in Southland.

He is also a trustee of the Venture Southland Charitable Trust.

 

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