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QSM For Services To The Cook Island Community

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A passion for restrengthening the Cook Islands community in Hawke’s Bay has led to a Queen’s Service Medal for leader Derek Teariki, of Hastings.

Teariki, who grew up in the Cook Islands where he attended Titikaveka College on the southern coast of main island Rarotonga, came to New Zealand at the age of 17, in 1981, initially to live in Auckland, where he worked for Ford Motors and played rugby for East Tamaki.

In 1986 he decided to move to Hawke’s Bay with partner and eventual wife Mata, working in Hastings but playing rugby for Napier club Tech.

From his involvement in the Cook Islands Christian Church, he gradually became involved in the Bay’s Cook Islands community affairs.

Photo: Derek Teariki has been honoured for his work with the Cook Islands community. Photo / Doug Laing

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Posted: 2 January 2019

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