September 18, 2014
Maori health effort wins award
Northland nurse Maureen Allan has won the Akenehi Hei Award given by the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation’s runanga for a significant contribution to Maori health.
Nurses’ Organisation kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says Ms Allen, of Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi and Tainui, has dedicated her 30-year nursing career to working with hapu and iwi and is an inspiration to her whanau.
As well as working in community health, she 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 primary health organisation, establishing three adolescent health clinics in Kaitaia and was the first Maori clinical integration leader at the PHO.
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