He Rātā Whakaruruhau: Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award

This Award recognises an individual who has made a substantial and significant contribution to Māori enterprise over a long period of time. This Award is given periodically.


Manuka Henare, Greg Whittred and Joseph Hawke
Joseph Hawke pictured second from right

Joseph Parata Hohepa Hawke

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Joseph is a former Member of Parliament and currently the Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s senior adviser on iwi relationships, tikanga, protocol and matters relating to the wellbeing of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Joe’s dedication and perseverance on behalf of the once landless Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has resulted in the return of lands, giving the hapū a papakāinga base for beneficiaries, as well as a substantial commercial portfolio. Most importantly, Joe’s actions alongside others brought a recognition of the manawhenua of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei in the political, economic and cultural life of Auckland.

Amidst Joe’s achievements is his involvement with the Dame Whina Cooper land march in 1975; his leadership of the peaceful Bastion Point/Takaparawhau occupation in 1977/78; his work with the Waitangi Tribunal; and his work with Sir Hugh Kawharu to purchase 20ha of surplus Auckland Railway lands in the CBD.

The NZ Herald named Joe the 1977 New Zealander of the Year for being on the “right side of history”, being instrumental in the return of Okahu Park and Bastion Point to Ngāti Whātua and his prediction that many more settlements would follow.

He was a member of the Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Trust Board, and a founding director of Mai FM, Auckland’s first Māori-owned commercial radio station. As a result of his dedication and perseverance, Joe was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for his service to Māori and the community.