Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish is the first Ngāti Whātua woman to become a dame for her services to Māori and the community.

She is also remembered as the tolls operator who fought for her right to say ‘kia ora’ back in the 80’s.   

The humbled Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish has been appointed Dame Companion Order of Merit for Services to Māori and the community.

Glavish is mostly recognised for her services to health and she is currently the Chief Advisor Tikanga Māori with the He Kāmaka, Māori Health, for the Waitematā and Auckland DHBs.

She's a woman of many hats. An iwi leader, homelessness campaigner, former president of the Māori Party and a champion for te reo Māori and says te reo Māori plays a huge role in her mahi.

“Ahākoa ki hea inā rongo ana koe i te reo hākoa mēnā horekau kē koe mōhio ana te hakamārama te reo. te reo he oranga anō kei roto.”

When asked what the new dame has on the agenda, she says there’s still plenty of work to do.

“He mahi tonu ia rā ia rā, e kore rawa e mutu te mahi awhi i wā tātou, e kore e mutu.”

There's no rest for the wicked.

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