Smith, the founder and principal of Air Rarotonga, received this recognition as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours announced in New Zealand over the weekend.
The Arorangi resident and chairman of the Cook Islands Tourism board, was recognised for his services to Cook Islands business and tourism.
At home in Rarotonga, three distinguished Cook Islanders – Rima David, Iro Pae Puna and Rau Nga – were recognised for their service to the public and the community at Government House yesterday.
Rima David received the British Empire Medal from the Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters. David was recognised for her service to the public sector, especially as former registrar of the High Court and Justice of the Peace (JP) as well as for her community work in the village of Ngatangiia.
Puna received the medal of the Member of the British Empire for his long and distinguished career in the public service. He was the first probation officer in the country and a former Public Service Commissioner.
Puna, who is the elder brother of prime minister Henry Puna, was also recognised for his contribution to the Aitutaki community in Rarotonga.
Nga was honoured for his contribution to sports and community. He was the administrator and coach of the Cook Islands Rugby Union in the late 1990s.
Nga was also the original Cook Islander who helped in the establishment of rugby league in the country. He had a strong rugby personality in New Zealand and came close to representing the New Zealand Maori side during his heyday.