She was one of three recipients of the 'Recognition for Services to Migrants Awards' for 2016. The other two recipients were: Carol Andersen, main award; Catherine Sellman, recognition certificate.
Last year's award went to Ewa Fenn, now Community Liaison Officer for Multicultural Tauranga.
It is the third year that these awards were presented in conjunction with the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Catherine Sellman founded ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes 15 years ago and teaches migrants and long-term visitors at Holy Trinity Church.
Carol Andersen was the face of now defunct Settlement Support New Zealand's Tauranga office until it was closed down in 2014. She has recently trained to be a voluntary ESOL Home Tutor.
In his speech Tauranga City Mayor Stuart Crosby pointed out Ann Kerewaro's long-term service on the Executive of Multicultural Tauranga as both Secretary and Treasurer. He also drew attention to the fact that she volunteered to take on the role of President this year when no other suitable candidate put their hand up - although she had wanted to take a break to dedicate more time to family commitments. "Your colleagues have described you as a no-nonsense person with a good dose of British understatement. They said: 'She's a doer who inspires those around her with her motto that actions speak louder than words'."