Te Akenehi Hei Memorial Award

Akenehi Hei Memorial Award

The Akenehi Hei Memorial Award for significant contribution to Māori Health is the highest honour that can be awarded by Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (Te Rūnanga). It is awarded every two years at the NZNO Annual General Meeting and Conference.

The Award was commissioned by Te Rūnanga in 2001 and is an NZNO award, under the kaitiaki of Te Rūnanga. This taonga was fashioned by two artists from Waiheke island, Paora Rangiuaia (Ngāti  Porou) and James Webster (Te Waka o Tainui) from three varieties of stone: pounamu, māpere (white marble) and uriuri (dark basalt) and is mounted on pōhutakawa timber.

Te Akenehi Hei Award Medallion

The Akenehi Hei Medallion

As a symbol of recognition to honour the recipient, each is presented with the Akenehi Hei Medallion to acknowledge their ongoing contribution to Māori nursing, whānau, hapū and Iwi. Recipients also become a life member of Te Rūnanga .

The medallion is a representation of the Akenehi Hei Award, its tactile outer surface represents the māpere, the uriuri and pounamu.

Te Akenehi Hei Award Criteria

The kōmiti is required to determine the successful candidate’s suitability and 'significant contribution to Māori Health', based on the information provided and using the following criteria:

  • Rangatiratanga: Leadership role/positions influencing positive health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori - Whānau, hapū, iwi, urban Māori towards Whānau ora.
  • Whanaungatanga: Ability to connect with others and establish effective working caring relationships - whānau, hapū, Iwi, urban Māori - towards Whānau ora.
  • Kaitiakitanga: Provision of guidance, support, ability to empower and care for others i.e education, mentorship, engagement, whānau, hapū, Iwi, urban Māori - towards Whānau Ora.
  • Kotahitanga: Demonstrates ability to promote Unity and establish collaborative working relationships to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of Māori and others - whānau, hapū, Iwi, urban Māori - towards Whānau ora.

Download the Te Akenehi Hei Award Criteria (PDF, 480KB)