We are delighted to announce the recipients of the PHA 2018 awards.
Public Health Champions 2018
Mary-Ann McKibben and Keith Reid are this year's recipients. This award is in acknowledgement and recognition of their championing of public health in Dunedin/Ōtepoti over many years & for 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.
Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award 2018
This year the award goes 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.
Ka nui ngā mihi!
Me he koteo mau kupenga
Like the post to which the net is attached
(Applied to the leader whose influence can mould the group into a cohesive unit.)
Congratulations to our 2018 champions.
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