EWC Alumnus Made Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Sir Tamati Reedy (Photo Credit: Watangi Tribunal)

Professor Tamati Reedy was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit so he is now Sir Tamati Reedy.  He received this honor for his services in education and developing stronger ties with the Maori community.

Maori Affairs Minister Dr. Pita Sharples said in an official statement that Sir Tamati Reedy’s New Year honour is a fitting tribute to his life of service to the nation.

“Sir Tamati combines the strength of a rural Ngati Porou East Coast background with an outstanding academic career, which he has devoted to the advancement of Maori in education, public administration, iwi development and Maori-Crown relationships,” said Dr Sharples.

“Sir Tamati taught in secondary schools for many years, before gaining an MA in English and a PhD in linguistics. He was working in the Education Department when a Fullbright Fellowship took him to the United States, and a post as Associate Professor in Alabama. On his return in 1983, he was appointed Secretary of Maori Affairs, heading the Department for six years, and earning a New Zealand Medal in 1990 for public service.

Sir Tamati (CI 75, ICC 86) is a professional educationalist, academic, and former top public servant with an MA in English and an MA and PhD in Linguistics. Professor Reedy was a Fulbright Scholar serving as Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, USA, 1982 – 83. He was the Chief Executive and Secretary of the Department of Māori Affairs from 1983 to 1989 and was awarded the 1990 New Zealand Medal for public service.

Professor Reedy was appointed to the University of Waikato in 1996 as Foundation Dean and Professor to establish the new School of Māori and Pacific Development. He was awarded the title Emeritus Professor by the University of Waikato in December 2009.