Whakatane’s golden girl Lisa Carrington has stood out as a young leader of tomorrow. Because of this, she has been bestowed the NZ Order of Merit complimenting her attitude to achieve higher honors in her sport of kayaking.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith of Ngati descent has received the Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for her work in research and education. These two women who are famous in their own fields of expertise in sport and higher education.

Kei te tū whakamiramira a Lisa Carrington o Ohope i Whakatane hei tetahi o nga taiohi rangatira o apopo. Te te mea kua whiwhi taonga a Lisa Carrington i te tohu NZ Order of Merit e whakanui ana i tona waiaro kia hiki tona mana ki te taumata ikeike o tona hakinakina te hoe waka tīwai. Tera hoki a Ahorangi Linda Tuhiwai Smith e whakapapa ana ki a Ngati Awa kua whiwhi ia i te tohu Companion of the NZ Order of Merit mo ana mahi rangahau i roto i te ao matauranga. Ana ko enei tokorua kua puta o raua rongonuitanga ki te ao whanui ki te ao hakinakina me te ao wananga.