Mauriora Kingi and Minarapa Mitai-Ngatai are well known faces in Rotorua and both have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Minarapa Mitai-Ngatai is a softly spoken man who has played a huge role in Māori events and tourist activities in Rotorua. He has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal.
According to Minarapa Mitai-Ngatai, “It is a big honour for me, because it's good for Māori, my family and also for youth, so they can see if they want to achieve something they can.”
Known for his work at the Rotorua District Council, Mauriora Kingi of Te Arawa also features on the Queen's Honours list and has been appointed a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Māori.
Mauriora Kingi says, “I am very humbled, within my soul I am humbled to the people who nominated me.”
Mauriora Kingi adds after receiving the letter last month he has been on the hunt to see who nominated him and this morning was told that his people of Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao who put his name forward.
Both Minarapa Mitai-Ngatai and Mauriora Kingi will be travelling to Wellington to receive their awards.