Hautapu club life member Ken Moreland named on Queen's Birthday Honours list
Hautapu rugby club life member Ken Moreland will be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit after he was named on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Moreland, who's affectionately known by everyone as Jake, has been affiliated with Hautapu since 1962 when he first wore the red, white and black jersey as a player, aged 16.
He's been a life member since 1988 and Moreland has gone above and beyond for more than just his own club in the Waikato.
Moreland's services as a player, coach and administrator of rugby for Hautapu, Cambridge and Waikato have seen him contribute significantly to sport over the years - and earn him the honourable nomination.
Moreland had little knowledge of any forthcoming award, or who put his name forward.
"I don't actually know," Moreland said of his nomination. "Someone nominates you and I assume gets other people to support them.
"But I don't know how it all works. I just got a letter asking me if I would accept this award and I said yes.
"I understand there are different ceremonies around the country and they give you some form of recognition where you get a medal or something official."
Moreland's been on Hautapu's committee since 1968 and spent 20 years as president, presiding over the most successful period in the club's history, which has seen two All Blacks - Tawera Kerr Barlow and Liam Messam - come through their ranks to become a part of last year's World Cup winning squad.
But he's also served as chairperson of the Waikato rugby council of clubs, deputy chairperson of the Waikato Rugby Union, assistant manager of the Chiefs for three years and president of the Waikato Rugby Union from 2010 to 2013.
In 2011, Moreland founded the Perago Trust to support aspiring young Cambridge athletes and has been an active member of Cambridge Life Skills Trust, which provides free counselling for Cambridge children.
His personal highlight during his 54 years with Hautapu was watching the club win their first ever Breweries Shield title in 1998, and they've since won three more in 1999, 2006 and 2007.
They're well placed to repeat that feat in 2016, with Hautapu currently top of Waikato premier club rugby after 13 rounds.
"It's been great and I've had a lot of enjoyment," added Moreland. "I've been involved with the administration for a long time.
"I just enjoy the people really. I've held different roles with club over a long period of time and enjoyed being involved with the people.
"Our club's in a good place right now and we're looking forward to the future with confidence."