Long-time Hāpai Te Hauora board member Reverend John Marsden will be made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit on Friday.

"We warmly congratulate this rangatira of Māori health and education," says Selah Hart, CEO of Hāpai. 

"John has served on our board for over 12 years. He has made an enormous contribution to his whānau, hapu, iwi and community and we’ve been fortunate in having his guidance and leadership."