Maria Pasene was presented with an Open for Leadership Award from the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand on Monday 21 May.
The Award recognises Maria’s efforts to support Pasifika health in the community through the Tutupu project by increasing the health literacy of Pasifika communities, supporting Pasifika churches to identify health champions and creating environments that support healthy choices for the congregations.
Sir John Hansen, Chair of Canterbury Clinical Network’s Alliance Leadership Team welcomed guests to the event and praised Maria for her work.
“This is a national award that recognises you as a leader, specifically for your work on the Tutupu Project. But your work goes well beyond that – you’re involved across the health system through Canterbury Clinical Network and Canterbury DHB.
“While I was reviewing your achievements I noted that you do not seek praise or recognition – you simply get on with it – and this award is evidence that it’s making a huge difference. We are so very proud of you and the contribution you make,” said Sir John.
Maria is quick to point out that the project was very much a team effort. The Tutupu Project is a collaborative partnership involving Healthy Families Christchurch (Sport Canterbury), Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd, Canterbury District Health Board (Community and Public Health), Etu Pasifika Trust and the Rural Canterbury PHO.
Kia ‘akameitaki’ia no runga i taau i rauka – well done on your achievement Maria.