January 02, 2019
Passion for people underpins health research
A semi-finalist in the 2019 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards sees her nomination as recognition of the need to find new ways to think about Māori public health.
Dr Marewa Glover is the director of the Centre for Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking.
She says she sees global interest in how New Zealand is pursuing harm-reduction technologies to support people to stop smoking.
“We have come a very long way – from one of telling people what to do, to one where we recognise that people will choose healthier options if they exist and if they are supported to change,” Dr Glover says.
“Throughout my career as a public health researcher, with a particular focus on reducing the harms of smoking, one thing has remained consistently important – that of staying connected to the people you are trying to help. It is only through listening to people’s views and personal journeys that we truly get to appreciate and understand how policies impact people.”
Other nominees on the shortlist include comedian turned mental health campaigner Mike King, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft, former Prime Minister’s Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, fashion designer Annah Stretton for her work in prison rehabilitation, domestic abuse campaigner Lesley Elliot, Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King, Lifewise chief executive Moira Lawler, Got to Get Out founder Robert Bruce and social entrepreneur Stacey Shortall.
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