2016 Public Health Champions

PHA Awards 

Each year the PHA honours an individual or group's contribution to public health action through our prestige public health awards.

Nominations are open now. Complete our online nomination form.

Public Health Champion

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

The criteria for the award are:

  • for an individual 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 do not need to be members of the PHA, but priority will be given to nominations by members.

In 2016, Anna Reed and Catherine Healey (pictured above) shared the award. They were recognised for their consistent and courageous leadership in advocacy for the rights of sex workers and the promotion of sexual health nationally and internationally.

See past Public Health Champions.

Tū Rangatira mō te Ora award

The Māori Public Health Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award is presented annually to a person or rōpu who demonstrate leadership in hauora Māori.

The Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award has been awarded since 2010. It recognises the commitment made by nominees to hauora Māori.

The Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award is an opportunity to recognise people who have worked with Māori communities, as well as people who have taken more prominent roles within whānau, hapū and/or iwi including within marae.

The nominee does not need to be a PHA member; however we do encourage membership to the PHA.

In 2016, Metiria Turei (Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ati hau nui a Paparangi, Rangitane, Raukawa) received the Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award for her work advocating to reduce child poverty and social inequities.

See past Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award recipients.

Nomination Form


Past Award Recipients

 Year Public Health ChampionTū Rangatira mō te Ora Award RecipientConference Location 
2016Catherine Healy and Anna Reed Metira TureiWellington 
2015John RaeburnValerie TeraituaDunedin
2014  Murray LaugesenCarrie TaipariAuckland
2013Lance O'Sullivan
The Orakei Kaumatua and Kuia reference group
New Plymouth
2012 Cindy Kiro and Alison Blaiklock
Helen HerbertWellington
2011Dallas HoneyTe Puawaitanga ki Otautahi TrustLincoln
2010Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita
Hon. Tariana Turia
(Inauguration of TRMTO award)
Ngaruawahia
2009Cheryl Brunton Dunedin
2008Marty Rogers
 Te Tai Tokerau
2007Papaarangi Reid
 Auckland
2006Philippa Howden-Chapman
 Palmerston North
2005Ann Shaw
 Wellington
2004 Pauline Barnett
 Christchurch
2003Mason Durie Ngaruawahia
2002Louise Croot
 Otago
2001Judith Reinken and George Salmond Auckland
2000Paratene Ngata
 Palmerston North
1999Helen Glasgow
 Wellington


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

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