In Te Ao Māori, rangatira are often extolled for their ability to bind people together. In this way, they are likened to a mooring post upon which many waka may tie their lines. Through their steadfast nature and values-driven actions, these pillars bring communities together.
This award recognises the contributions of Norm Dewes to Tapuwae Roa (then Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust), and to his community. These contributions have taken different forms throughout his close association with the Trust from its conception, as a previous Chair and director of the Trust, and as a staunch advocate for Māori living the urban experience.
Matua Norm has, in his many decades of service to his community, embodied this award. The post to which people bind their mooring ropes, providing stability in unity.