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.
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 Indigenous.com 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
2021 - Public Health Champion - Associate Professor Heather Came-Friar, and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Teresa Olsen. Pasifika Award - Dr Api Talemaitoga.
2020 - Public Health Champion - Professor Michael Baker. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes. Pasifika Award - Dr Api Talemaitoga.
2019 - Public Health Champion - Sione Tu'itahi . Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service (NSPCS). Nari Faiers and Faye Selby-Law. Pasifika Award - Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Taulolo.
2018 - Public Health Champion - Mary-Ann McKibben and Keith Reid. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Te Mata Rangatira-Hauraki Rangatahi Roopu.
2017 - Public Health Champion - Dame Margaret Sparrow and Grant Berghan. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Kathrine Clarke.
2016 - Public Health Champion - Catherine Healy and Anna Reed. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Metira Turei.
2015 - Public Health Champion - John Raeburn. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Valerie Teraitua.
2014 - Public Health Champion - Murray Laugesen. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Carrie Taipari.
2013 - Public Health Champion - Lance O'Sullivan. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - The Orakei Kaumatua and Kuia reference group.
2012 - Public Health Champion - Cindy Kiro and Alison Blaiklock. Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award Recipient - Helen Herbert.