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PHANZ Awards

Each year the PHANZ honours an individual's or group's contribution to public health action through our prestigious public health awards, Public Health Champion, the Tū Rangatira mō te Ora, the Pasifika Award, and our new Asian and Ethnic Peoples Public Health award.

2022 Award Recipients

Public Health Champions Award for 2022: Tania Hodges

Tania has iwi affiliations with Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti  Maniapoto and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Her nomination form read “She is a stunning example of a wahine Māori with integrity, a mother, an athlete, a successful business woman, a professional governor, and a long time strong public health activist.” Tania is the Managing Director of Digital Ltd with extensive experience in health, education, governance, funding, contracting, strategy, change management, Māori and Iwi relationships, workforce, leadership and community development. She is fearless in the face of adversity, less for herself and more for those whose voice is not heard.  Since 2001, her consultancy company has done many things including the provision of leadership training to about 1000 Māori health professionals supporting their leadership journey to make a real difference to the lives of themselves, their whānau and others.

Tū Rangatira mō Te Ora Award for 2022: Manurewa Marae 

Manurewa Marae demonstrated their enduring commitment to the whānau, hapū, iwi and communities of Tāmaki Makaurau during the COVID-19 pandemic, acting as one of the main vaccination outreach teams, across the highest demographic of Māori in the South Auckland region. Manurewa Marae has continued to meet whānau where they are, when they need it, and how they wish to engage with public health and health promotion services, and their stellar leadership as a Marae to step in and provide a tremendous effort deserves the Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award for 2022.

Asian and Ethnic Peoples Public Health Award: Group delivering Te Whatu Ora Waitematā’s Health service model for Asian/ethnic communities; Grace Ryu, Lifeng Zhou, Tian Min (Maggie) Ma, Gautam Raj Singh, Stephanie Lee

Te Whatu Ora Waitemata’s Health Service Model for Asian/ethnic Communities’ received theinaugural ‘Asian and Ethnic Peoples Public Health Award’. Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand Waitematā’s response to Asian and ethnic communities has been a success with the three key components together with colleagues from NRHCC: health gain and health intelligence team focusing on Asian, Migrants and Former Refugees (with the functions of planning, funding and service commissioning); the Asian Health Services within the Te Whatu Ora Waitematā’s provider arm; and the international collaboration initiative with Asian countries. As one in five people in Aotearoa New Zealand is of Asian or other ethnic minority groups, a high-performing national-regional-local unified Asian & Ethnic Health Service Model is essential to support the Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African (MELAA) and other ethnic populations to meet their diverse and unmet health and wellbeing needs.

The Pasifika Public Health Award for 2022: Not Awarded for 2022.

Past Award Recipients


 Public Health Champion

Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient

 Pasifika Award 
 2021 Associate Professor Heather Came-Friar, and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) Teresa Olsen Dr Api Talemaitoga
 2020 Professor Michael Baker Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Taulolo


Sione Tu'itahi 

National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service (NSPCS). Nari Faiers and Faye Selby-Law 



Mary-Ann McKibben and Keith Reid

Te Mata Rangatira-Hauraki Rangatahi Roopu



Dame Margaret Sparrow and Grant Berghan

Kathrine Clarke



Catherine Healy and Anna Reed

Metira Turei



John Raeburn

Valerie Teraitua



Murray Laugesen

Carrie Taipari



Lance O'Sullivan

The Orakei Kaumatua and Kuia reference group



Cindy Kiro and Alison Blaiklock

Helen Herbert



Dallas Honey

Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust



Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita

Hon. Tariana Turia(Inauguration of TRMTO award)



Cheryl Brunton




Marty Rogers




Papaarangi Reid




Philippa Howden-Chapman




Ann Shaw




Pauline Barnett




Mason Durie




Louise Croot




Judith Reinken and George Salmond




Paratene Ngata




Helen Glasgow



The Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award has been awarded since 2010. The Pasifika award has been awarded since 2020. The Asian and Ethnic Peoples Public Health Award started in 2022. 

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