Becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit is a “bittersweet” feeling for Kitty Johnson.
Not being able to share the accolade with her partner, Hepa Paewai, who lost his battle with cancer in February, is hard.
“He’s been a huge support for me with everything,” she says. “He definitely would have been [proud].
It’s been 13 years since the Hawke’s Bay woman first began her involvement with the Great New Zealand Trek, which was established to raise funds for multiple sclerosis support and research.
Photo: Kitty Johnson, with late partner Hepa Paewai.
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Posted: 4 January 2019