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 profile the outstanding contribution of an individual to public health.
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.This year two Public Health Champions were chosen:
Dame Margaret Sparrow, Sexual health advocate and Grant Berghan, Māori health leader.
Dame Margaret Sparrow
For ‘Unwavering commitment to sexual health and reproductive rights’.
For ‘An unfolding legacy tino rangatiratanga’.
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 demonstrate their commitment and leadership in hauora Māori. Who have worked with/within Māori communities, as well as those who have taken more prominent roles within whānau, hapū and/or iwi, including within marae.
health ‘stalwart’ Kathrine Clarke has been named the 2017 Māori Public Health
Champion, Tū Rangatira mō te Ora.
The Tū Rangatira mō te Ora Award has been awarded since 2010.