Te Apa Māreikura Awards
Te Apa Māreikura Awards were launched in 2008 in memory of four kaumātua:
- Anne Delamere (Te Whānau-a- Apanui, Te Arawa),
- Bill Katene (Ngāti Toa Rangatira),
- Denis Simpson (Ngāti Awa, Tūhourangi) and
- Rongowhakaata Wirepa (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, and Rongowhakaata.)
Each kaumātua made significant contributions to Māori health.
Today the Ministry of Health honours their memory through Te Apa Māreikura Tohu – awarding Māori students who demonstrate a strong connection and involvement with their communities, exceptional leadership skills and sound academic performance.
Te Apa Māreikura Tohu are worth $10,000 each.
Profiled here are the inaugural 2008 Te Apa Māreikura recipients, who speak of the impact the Ministry of Health’s financial investment had on them and their careers.
posted by Alastair McLean on 4 Apr 2012
Lauren Assink was a Te Apa Māreikura inaugural award winner in 2008. Lauren had decided to become a pharmacist after…