|Sir Robert Kinsela Workman KNZM QSO, commonly known as Kim Workman, advocate for criminal justice reform, was knighted recently in a ceremony held at Papawai in Greytown.
“When I got the knighthood, I thought I’d love to be able to have a celebration here just to honour those people who helped to raise me when I was a boy, who sort of breathed knowledge into me and some wisdom. It was lovely,” he said.
The first pōhiri was held at 9am for the hau kāinga and then the Governor General was welcomed on at 10am. At least 200 people were in attendance with the list of speakers including iwi leaders Tipene O’Regan, Ngahiwi Tomoana, and former Cabinet Minister Chris Finlayson.
It was also a special day for Papawai being recognised with Wāhi Tīpuna status and the presentation of a plaque by John Clarke from Heritage NZ.