Dannevirke businesswoman Mavis Mullins on Saturday became only the second person to win the national Maori Sports Administrator of the Year Award twice.
The only woman and only non-Wairarapa person to become president of the Golden Shears society in Masterton, her award, presented at a televised ceremony attended by over 1000 people in Manukau, recognised her role in organising the world shearing and woolhandling championships held in Masterton earlier this year.
Also a former Golden Shears woolhandling champion, and a principal in family shearing contracting partnership Paewai Mullins Shearing, she had previously won the administrator award in 2003, as manager of the New Zealand team at that year's world championships in Queensland.
The award was presented at the 22nd national Maori Sports Awards, at which world champion woolhandling team Joel Henare, of Gisborne, and Australia-based Joanne Kumeroa, of Whanganui, were named Team of the Year.
Hawke's Bay shearers John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, and Cam Ferguson, of Waipawa, already both Hawke's Bay and Ngati Kahungunu Team of the Year award winners, were also finalists on Saturday but were shaded by the woolhandlers who had also finished first and second in their individual event at the world championships.
Kayak racer Lisa Carrington, of Ohope, acclaimed as the first Maori individual event Olympic Games gold medallist, won the supreme Maori Sportsperson of the Year title for a second year in a row, having also been named Maori Sportswoman of the Year.
Sportsman of the Year was Olympic bronze medallist rower Storm Uru, who hails from Invercargill.