Te Rau Matatini has valued the opportunity to work in Te Waipounamu and we are excited about two hauora related developments in Te Waipounamu at the end of 2018. The launch of the Pae Ora Tā Mason Durie Scholarship with Otago University and a new Māori Health Directorate at the Southern District Health Board.
Prior to Christmas, at the 2018 Toitū Hauora Leadership Summit, Te Rau Matatini launched the Pae Ora Tā Mason Durie Scholarship with Otago University. This new scholarship, which honours Tā Mason Durie, is for Māori students completing a Master’s level qualification in the mental health and addiction-related fields. Tā Mason Durie is an alumnus of Otago University, a long-time senior advisor of Te Rau Matatini, and has been an inspiration leader in Māori hauora for decades.
Of course, many of the whānau in Te Waipounmau also heard about the exciting addition to Southern District Health Board. A new Māori Health Directorate, who were welcomed on Ōtākou Marae in 2018. They are Chief Māori Health Strategy and Improvement Officer Gilbert Taurua, and Associate Officers Nancy Todd and Peter Ellison. We wish them well and look forward to connecting with them in their new roles during 2019.