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Honoured for his service: Sam Aberahama

Sam Aberahama received his New Year honour from New Zealand Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in Wellington last week.He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the New Zealand police and community. New Zealand-born of Cook Islands descent, Tamuera Aitama (Sam) Aberahama joined the New Zealand Police in 1988 in Auckland and has been Area Commander in Gisborne for 11 years. He started his career as a beat cop in Otara and Manurewa, then moved into the detective ranks at Papakura where he rose to Detective Sergeant before moving to Hawke's Bay for 10 years. Insp Aberahama helped establish the Cook Islands internal support network in 2016 and chaired the Safe Tairawhiti Community Trust to 2017, when Manaaki Tairawhiti amalgamated with Safe Tairawhiti, Violence Free Tairawhiti and the Prisoner Reintegration Network. He remains a member of the regional cross-sector governance group of Manaaki Tairawhiti.

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