September 21, 2020
Matariki Awards recognise builders of legacy
The winner of one of this year’s Matariki Awards says they are a great chance for Māori communities to nominate and celebrate what is important to them.
Lady Tureiti Moxon, who heads a Waikato-based Māori health service as well as heading up Waitangi Tribunal claims into health inequity and Oranga Tamariki, received the Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science in the Māori Television-backed awards.
She says she was proud of the company she was keeping.
"I was absolutely in awe, Tā Tipene O'Regan was there with his family for the lifetime award and the supreme award was won by Te Hapori o te Ihu o Mataaho (SOUL) and the mahi and the sacrifice and all of that, no one really gets that stuff but it is all really important in carving out the history of this country and the legacy that we are going to be leaving those that come in behind us," Lady Moxon says.
Other winners include the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, for its outstanding contribution to the community during COVID lockdown; young achiever Irihapeti Edwards; Professor Rangi Mātāmua for his contribution to the development of mātauranga Māori; Chelsea Winstanley in the arts; basketballer Lindsay Tait; Māori Tourism chief executive Pania Tyson-Nathan in the business category; and language champion Quinton Hita.
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