We’re delighted by the news that Blues rugby legend Michael Jones has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours.
The rugby hall-of-famer – known affectionately as ‘Ice Man’ – has been recognised for the wonderful work he’s done for the Pacific community.
That work includes chairing the Village Community and Youth Trust, which he founded in 2003 as a youth drop-in initiative in West Auckland to keep Pacific and Māori youth out of gang activity.
He launched the Village Sports Academy in 2010, and has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Pacific Peoples Advancement Trust and the Pacific Advance Senior School, the first Pasifika partnership school in NZ, which raises educational achievement of Pacific students.
On top of all that, Jones was a Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks in 1987, and two-time Super Rugby champion with the Blues in 1996 and 1997. He continues to be involved in our club as a legacy Blues member.