Māori Firefighters honoured for their bravery in Christchurch earthquakes

By Ripeka Timutimu

Five Maori Firemen and woman have been honoured for their work in Christchurch during the 2011 earthquakes.

A private ceremony was held in Wellington for those who received the 'Christchurch Dress Distinction Award'. 

It's been 3 years since the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, and these firemen and women are finally getting recognised for their efforts.

At the time of the earthquake, this group left their homes for Christchurch. There they saw the stress that the entire community was put under. Māori were some of the worst off.

And despite the progress made in Christchurch, Paki Johnston says there are still many who continue to struggle.

And despite the challenges, these firemen and women will stay staunch to their job to continue to keep Māori safe.