Award humbles Hauraki health promoter
On 7 October at Hauraki health promoter Carrie Taipari received the Tu Rangatira mo te Ora Award at the NZ Population Health Congress Awards Dinner at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.
The award is given each year to an individual, whānau, hapu or iwi group who has made a significant contribution to Māori Hauora, with Tariana Turia a past recipient.
Carrie (Ngati Maru, Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Makirangi) was recognised for her leadership in being a role model for the rangatahi and whānau in her rohe (district). As health promoter for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, Carrie’s focus is sexual health, nutrition and physical activity with rangatahi.
Commenting on the work that helped her be nominated for the award, Carrie explains that “Successful health promotion for Māori, incorporates, respects and embraces tikanga and te ao Māori, otherwise it’s just not authentic and it doesn’t work.”
Carrie says hauora is an area that is not isolated and contained by itself, but that it is connected intricately to every facet of life.
She says that if she had just one message for rangatahi it would be that ora gains are life gains and legacies are left by those who seek to gain and give all they can.
“Seek ora, so that you may live your legacy. Always remember first and foremost – “He Māori koe – ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga o ō tïpuna hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga.”
Awesome work Carrie!
(Source attribution: Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki)