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Honours recognition for sporty resident

Date: 07 Jun 2022

Bupa Glenburn Care Home resident, Jane Te Hira was recently recognised at Government House as she accepted her Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Glenburn retirement village resident

New Zealand Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro officially presented the New Year’s Honour to the 93 year old for a lifetime of services to sport.

Jane’s daughter, Tui Tait, says, "Mum represented New Zealand in three sports, basketball, softball and hockey. When we were young we were taken from one field to the next to the courts.”

Jane overcame many obstacles in the 1950s to achieve success as a player in basketball, softball and hockey and coach of rugby.

"We’re happy for her ... we’re proud of Mum and she is excited that she got her medal."