Nehe Milner-Skudder (Ngāti Porou/Tapuika) has been honoured at the inaugural Matariki Awards last night in Auckland, winning the Te Waitā category for sports.
The award comes as further recognition for his exemplary sporting efforts with the world champion All Blacks last year.
Ngāti Porou and Tapuika were definitely on the main stage last night, with Milner-Skudder's latest achievement the Auckland Museum. He becomes the first Māori sports personality to be honoured with this title.
However, he is under no illusion to the importance that family has played in his achievements over the last 12 months.
Milner-Skudder says, “I've got a pretty supportive whānau around me that keep me grounded, and make sure I don't get too far ahead of myself so that helps as well.”
Despite sustaining a shoulder injury in March, the awards seem to keep coming for him from not only from the rugby sector, but the Māori world also.
Milner-Skudder says, “(I’m) kind of going from one extreme to another this year. I guess it’s the bad side of the injury and things happen like that.”
The inaugural recipient of the Te Waitā award expects to be back at full health by September.