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Noted activists, scholars, politicians

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2010) – Seven Pacific Island New Zealanders have received awards in the New Year’s Honours announced today.

They include two doctors, a former government minister and others recognised for their contributions to the community.

"Papa’ali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i, who published a comprehensive Samoan dictionary, Tusi’upu Samoa, earlier this year, had previously produced the Samoa Medical Glossary to help people grasp the medical terminology. He has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, who retired from politics this year, receives the Queen’s Service Order for service to the Pacific community, as does one time Cook Islands prime minister, Dr Joseph Williams.

Betty Leuina Sio received the same award for her many years of effort to combat family violence and sexual abuse in Auckland.

The Queen’s Service Medal has been given to Su’a Saimolialevalasi Margueritta Ekepati - Leilua for her work to improve the Otara community.

Foai Suka Foai, who has contributed to the Tokelauan community in New Zealand for more than 30 years, has also been awarded a QSM, as has Niu Sila Mataio Taupe, who is regarded as a Tamana Matua within the Tokelauan community in the Wellington region."

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