January 02, 2013
Pathologist honoured for cultural sensitivity
Services to Māori contributed to retired Rotorua pathologist David Taylor being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s honours list.
Dr Taylor worked as a pathologist in Rotorua from 1971 until his retirement in 2009 and introduced culturally sensitive post-mortem services to iwi in the region.
He worked with Kirihaehae, the National Advisory Group on Autopsy, to improve services for whānau from a Māori perspective, and often performed post-mortem examinations outside regular hours so bodies could be released to families as quickly as possible.
Although not Māori, as a baby Dr Taylor was adopted as whāngai by a Māori woman.
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