Te Tohu Rangatira Health Awards

Te Tohu Rangatira Whanganui District Health and Quality Awards - celebrating success, excellence and innovation in Whanganui 


A group of well-dressed people with an award and certificate with the Te Tohu Rangatira banner in the background

Ruapehu mayor Don Cameron, Ruapehu Transformational Trust project leader Erena Mikaere, DHB chief executive Russell Simpson and Whetu Moataane, chair of Ngāti Rangi governance body Te Kāhui o Paerangi.

These awards, held every two years, celebrate success, excellence and innovation in the Whanganui District. The awards are open to community groups, organisations and individuals in the Whanganui rohe working on initiatives for the health and wellbeing of our community.


In September 2019, more than 400 people packed into Whanganui racecourse’s Eulogy Lounge to celebrate success and innovation at Te Tohu Rangatira Whanganui District Health Quality Awards.


With awards across 12 categories, the vast range of work done in the sector was amply illustrated, with the judges giving accolades to everything from groundbreaking IT developments to the “wiz bang” office cleaner.


 Whanganui District Health Board organises the awards and its chief executive, Russell Simpson, invited the audience to celebrate success, excellence and innovation and to acknowledge the wider workforce and volunteers across the health and disability sector.


“Many people are unable to attend tonight as they are working to serve our community and maintain vital services,” he said.



Winners - Te Tohu Rangatira September 2019 


The winners:


Recognising projects that established and enhanced relationships between service users, family/whānau and colleagues

WINNER: Health Promotion Day: Raa Hauora Celebrating Puanga – Te Oranganui Trust

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Whānau Ballers – Ngā Tai o te Awa Trust and Whanganui Basketball Association


Projects that demonstrate collaboration and integrative ways of working to achieve improved outcomes

WINNER: Alternative Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease Management – Whanganui DHB and Whanganui Regional Health Network

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Community Bike Park – Sport Whanganui


Projects that demonstrate supporting and walking alongside service users and whānau, acknowledging and respecting the values of service users

WINNER: Tapestry of Truth – Te Oranganui Trust


Projects that demonstrate new guidelines and protocols related to cultural best practice

WINNER: Te Reo Māori Education Classes – DHB Māori Health Services


Projects that support diversity and maintain the dignity of service users and their whānau

WINNER: Matariki Celebrations – Stanford House


Projects focused on making a service user-friendly

WINNER: Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life – Whanganui Hospital, Sport Whanganui and Whanganui Regional Health Network

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hapū Wahine Day - Whanganui Regional Health Network Child Health Team


Projects that share information in simple language that service users and whānau/family understand

WINNER: Whānau-Centred Care Reflected on Hospital Walls – Whanganui DHB Art & Archives Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Rongoā Pānui Medication Card – Stanford House

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Prostate Cancer Road Map – Whanganui Cancer Society


Projects that focus on co-design, information and consent

WINNER: Where Should I Be? - Whanganui Regional Health Network


Projects that demonstrate improved outcomes and visibility for health, safety and wellbeing for employers and employees, and show the importance of having a safe workplace

WINNER: After Hours Entry – Enliven Kowhainui


Recognising non-clinical staff and volunteers who, through their attitude and approach to work, make a positive difference to the people around them

WINNER: Kim Hēmana – cleaner, Spotless Services


Awarded by the Whanganui DHB chief executive to a team or project that meets all DHB values, has a community focus and shares the philosophy that the best bed for a person is their own bed

WINNER: Ruapehu Whānau Transformation


Chosen by the judges from the category

WINNER: Tapestry of Truth – Te Oranganui Trust