E tautoko ana i ngā whakaaro nui ki tō tātou Matua nui i te rangi, kia tau tonu ōna manaakitanga ki runga i a tātou katoa i tenei wā, e īnoi hoki ana kia whakawātea te huarahi ki mua i ā tātou.  He mihi tenei ki tō tātou Matua, Koroua, Papa a Bill Kaua, kua whakaingoatia nei ki roto i ngā honore nui a te Kuini o Ingarangi.

E te Papa e Bill ko koe tēra i te orokohanga o te Kōhanga Reo, e hono tonu nei i ā mātou ki a rātou kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi. E kore e warewaretia oū mahi mō te kaupapa o te Kōhanga Reo ki te hāpori, ki te motu whānui.

He pononga nō te Atua, he koha ki te iwi, nei rā te mihi atu nei.

KAUA, Archdeacon William Tutepuaki (Wiremu), JP

For services to Māori, education and the State

Archdeacon Wiremu Kaua has had a long public service career across a variety of sectors for 40 years, has been an enduring proponent of Māori language and cultural education and a committed minister of the Anglican Church.

As the inaugural Group Manager Māori at the Ministry of Education he led various initiatives to immerse staff in Māori culture, compiled the Government’s 10 Point Plan for Māori Education, and contributed to the establishment of Kura Kaupapa schools and three Wananga. He has made significant contributions to the national Kohanga Reo movement, particularly assisting with increasing funding to the national trust to improve the teaching of Māori language. He has had a 38 year involvement with the Department of Māori Affairs and roles with the Ministry of Transport, the Crime Prevention Unit in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Ministry of Justice. He has been a cultural advisor to numerous agencies and organisations, notably through his involvement with Waitangi Tribunal hearings as a kaumātua for the lawyers of the Crown Law Office, and as kaumātua for PHARMAC since 2010 where he has led engagement with Whānau Ora Collectives and Māori health providers. Archdeacon Kaua established a forum for the Chairs of a number of large East Coast land holdings to come together to plan collectively for the betterment of the region.