PHA Awards

Each year the PHA honours an individual's or group's contribution to public health action through our prestigious public health awards, Public Health Champion and Tū Rangatira mō te Ora.



Public Health Champion

The Public Health Champion Award is to recognise and highlight the outstanding contribution of an individual to public health.

The recipient is someone working in public health who has focused on the PHA’s priorities in the past year; and/or has made a significant and ongoing contribution to public health over many years.

Nominees may be well known in a local community or be a well-known national public figure. Nominees can be non-members of the PHA, but priority will be given to nominations by members.

2018 Public Health Champions


The recipients of the 2018 Public Health Champion award were Mary-Ann McKibben and Keith Reid.

This award recognises their championing of public health in Dunedin/Ōtepoti over many years and their valiant and successful efforts to highlight the inappropriateness of the Southern DHB allowing a corporate branded, charity-funded parents’ facility at Dunedin Hospital. Following Mary-Ann and Keith's leadership on this issue, Southern DHB was prompted to develop a clear sponsorship policy and there was much greater awareness of the public health perspective among the wider public and the DHB.


See past Public Health Champions.


Tū Rangatira mō te Ora

The Māori Public Health Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award is presented annually in recognition, of a person or rōpu who continually demonstrates commitment and leadership in hauora Māori and who has worked with Māori communities. This can also include those who have taken more prominent roles within whānau, hapū and/or iwi, including within marae.


2018 Tū Rangatira mō te Ora


In 2018 the award went to Te Mata Rangatira-Hauraki Rangatahi Roopu. This remarkable organisation with the subtitle of Tupuna infused modern Swag is focused on empowering a new generation of rangatahi leaders in the Hauraki area. This is a rangatahi led initiative with leaders aged 13 to 18 developing programmes to promote collective wellbeing & development based on Haurakitanga.

'Te Mata Rangatira not only empower participants in their group to develop their cultural knowledge, physical well being and organisational capacities but they assist rangatahi across the Hauraki to participate in their model of rangatahi self determination on rangatahi priorities.'

They have led numerous inspiring projects such as Pink Shirt Day, anti-bullying events, Matariki events, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, youth summits based on themes such as My Life My Legacy, Be the Change (2017) and Creating a Sustainable Hauraki  (2018). The list of all their impressive achievements goes on.


See past Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award recipients.

Past Award Recipients

 Year  Public Health Champion Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient Conference Location 
 2017 Dame Margaret Sparrow and Grant Berghan
Kathrine Clarke
Christchurch (Otautahi)
2016 Catherine Healy and Anna Reed Metira Turei Wellington 
2015 John Raeburn Valerie Teraitua Dunedin
2014
Murray Laugesen Carrie Taipari Auckland
2013 Lance O'Sullivan
The Orakei Kaumatua and Kuia reference group
New Plymouth
2012  Cindy Kiro and Alison Blaiklock
Helen Herbert Wellington
2011 Dallas Honey Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust Lincoln
2010 Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita
Hon. Tariana Turia
(Inauguration of TRMTO award)

Ngaruawahia
2009 Cheryl Brunton   Dunedin
2008 Marty Rogers
  Te Tai Tokerau
2007 Papaarangi Reid
  Auckland
2006 Philippa Howden-Chapman
  Palmerston North
2005 Ann Shaw
  Wellington
2004 Pauline Barnett
  Christchurch
2003 Mason Durie   Ngaruawahia
2002 Louise Croot
  Otago
2001 Judith Reinken and George Salmond   Auckland
2000 Paratene Ngata
  Palmerston North
1999 Helen Glasgow
  Wellington


The Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award has been awarded since 2010.

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