Revamped health awards will celebrate the unsung heroes


14 June 2019


At the 2017 awards are (from left) Lisa Kirkwood, Charlene Sagad, Ulyses Espiritu, Denise Ryan and Kyla France with awards for the paediatric DNA project and upfront booking system.

Revived and revamped, the Whanganui District Health Quality Awards are back.


And this year the awards – known as Te Tohu Rangatira 2019 – have been opened up to embrace all those involved in the health arena.


Organised by the District Health Board, the awards were last held in 2017, and were restricted to DHB staff.


However, there is so much good work going on every day across Whanganui’s busy health sector that the decision has been made to make the awards a community-wide event.


Chair of the organising committee Louise Allsopp said a lot of the work flew under the radar.


“So Te Tohu Rangatira 2019 aims to turn that around and shine a little light on all those making a difference to the health of our community.


“It is important that we recognise, acknowledge and celebrate their efforts.”


Entries are now open, and all providers or individuals working to benefit the health and wellbeing of people within the DHB region can be nominated – and that includes all non-clinical employees and volunteers.


DHB chief executive Russell Simpson is keen to see as many people as possible put their hands up.


“Every day I see and hear stories from our community about successes within our health services,” he said.


“It is important to reflect on the great work happening across the Whanganui region and I invite you to enter or nominate an individual or team who deserves acknowledgement.


“Many workers in the health field are humble and perform their vital roles without expecting recognition. These awards provide an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the success, excellence and innovation of work being done across our community in the health and disability sector.”


There are 10 categories of awards, and Te Tohu Rangatira 2019 culminates with the winners being unveiled on 6 September at a gala evening at Whanganui racecourse’s Eulogy Lounge.


More information about the awards is available on the Whanganui District Health Board website --


(Click on the awards banner at the top of the homepage).