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Northland nurse wins prestigious Te Akenehi Hei Māori health award

18 September 2014

Maureen Allan, Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi and Tainui, is the latest recipient of Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa NZNO’s prestigious Akenehi Hei Award.

The award is for a significant contribution to Māori health. A nurse with a long career community health, Master of Nursing degree, a Post Graduate diploma in Business and Nursing Council of New Zealand competency and disciplinary panels, Maureen Allan was presented with the award at NZNO’s annual conference in Wellington on Wednesday 17 September.

NZNO Kaiwhakahaere, Kerri Nuku presented the award, “This year’s recipient of Te Akenehi Hei Award has an outstanding and extensive nursing career which spans 30 years; Maureen Allan has worked across all health sectors including Northland DHB, Te Tai Tokerau primary health organisation (PHO) and iwi health providers in the region. She has dedicated her nursing career to working with hapu and iwi and is an inspiration to her whānau.”

“Maureen served a term on the Northland DHB board and seven years on a DHB advisory committee. She was the first manager of Te Hauora o te Hiku o te Ika and spent eight years with Te Tai Tokerau PHO, establishing three adolescent health clinics in the Far and Mid North and was the first Māori clinical integration leader at the PHO.”

“The Akenehi Hei taonga was created in memory of Akenehi Hei, the first Māori nurse to register under her Māori name. The taonga can be awarded to anyone who has made a significant contribution to Māori Health,” Kerri Nuku says.

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