On Thursday 05th May, Solomon Islander Glo Oxenham received her Queen’s Service Medal of honour award for services to the Melanesian community from Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor General of New Zealand.

Glo Oxenham like so as many Melanesians in Aotearoa New Zealand have contributed in their own ways to their community.

Some of the great contributions Glo made were promoting Solomon Islands and Melanesian culture as President of the Lower North Island Wantok Association and Wellington Solomon Islands Community Group.

She also supports students from the Solomon Islands studying in Wellington and has advised councils on language and culture. Additionally, she co-founded the Wellington Melanesia Women and Friends Group.

With Porirua’s Pataka Museum, she hosted the ‘Woven Bags of Melanesia’ exhibit and a ‘Melanesia Day’.

Ms Oxenham has been a familiar face to the New Zealand Inc whanau, she taught Pidgin English to New Zealand Police and NZDF personnel and provided cultural training for New Zealand Diplomats.

Leana hola and tagio tumas Glo lo gudfala waka u duim fo komiuniti blo Solomon Aelans and Melanesia lo Aotearoa New Zealand!

Nga manaakitanga!

Source: NHC Office