Whirimako's talents are not just limited to the microphone, with an enviable list of awards bearing testament to her song writing and commercial success. Awards include Best Māori Album and Best Jazz Album at the NZ Music Awards and a coveted Silver Scroll award in song writing for Best Māori Composition, to name just a few.

In 2006 Whirimako was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori Music. Whirimako finds time to support a number of community organisations and shares a particular passion for Te Reo Māori, Kura Kaupapa, Reo Rua, Kōhanga Reo, Breast Cancer Awareness, Carers NZ, the NZ Mental Health Foundation and Plunket.