Hekenukumai (Hec) Puhipi, has being named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
This is her fifth Smokefreerockquest, and her third win in the solo-duo category for the region.
Hadassah Wharawhara has been selected to be a member of the new Ministry of Education Youth Advisory Group.
Te Kāpehu Whetū welcomed the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians to Northland ahead of their clash with the British and Irish Lions.
Huia Shortland looks set for success after taking out the Smokefreerockquest solo/duo title at the Northland regional heats.