Whānau advocates celebrated in Queens Birthday 2019

Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu celebrates the distinguished service of whānau champions across the South Island who have been awarded Queen’s Birthday honours.

“We pay special tribute to Claire Aitken – who has been a steadfast advocate for tangata whaiora on their pathway to transformation.  Since 1987, Claire has been founding director of Moana House in Dunedin supporting whaiora with addiction, mental health and in recovery as victims or perpetrators of violence, physical or sexual.   Claire is also the coordinator for Te Taketake, the national diploma in applied addictions counselling”.

“Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu has invested in Moana House over the last three years and is thrilled that the outstanding leadership, staunch belief and selfless commitment of Ms Aitken has been highlighted in awarding her Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rehabilitative programmes”.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Dame Dr Sue Bagshaw (DNZM) and Ken Clearwater (ONZM), both whom have gifted decades of dedication into areas which were under-served.    Dr Sue Bagshaw has worked in the youth health sector for thirty years, bringing the issues of rangatahi to the fore.   She has been consistently passionate for the issues for young people through the establishment of 298 youth health centre, as well as a champion for addressing the causes of whānau poverty. 

“Ken Clearwater is the founding director of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust in Christchurch and nationally. He has fought for justice for male survivors of sexual trauma to receive appropriate and timely support services.  It has been humbling to work alongside someone who has devoted his life to this kaupapa”.

“We congratulate Tane Davis of Invercargill who has been an ardent supporter for conservation efforts and Maori interests over the last twenty years.  Tane has been Chair of the Whenua Hou committee since its inception, his leadership distinguished by and operational strategy for the nature reserve Whenua Hou/Codfish Island.   He has also given solid service to the Kakapo Recovery Group and Titi Island.

Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu also acknowledged Dr Fiona Cram, (Ngāti Kahungunu) for services to Māori health and education.  Fiona is a researcher and evaluator undertaking kaupapa Māori research, evaluation and training.   Dr Cram has been instrumental in developing the voices of whānau research for Te Waipounamu’s family violence strategy, Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau.

“We also acknowledge Dr Candy Ramarihi Cookson-Cox (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Uenukukopako) has designed, developed and delivered a National Diploma in Applied Māori Health Co-existing Disorders and a National Certificate in Suicide Intervention.
“Whānau throughout Te Waipounamu are well served by people of such high calibre, who give so willingly to campaign for, advocate and defend the opportunities for the whānau they support”.

About us: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to support and enable whānau to create sustained social impact.  We do this by developing and investing in ideas and initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori, underpinned by whānau-centred principles and strategies; these include emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also invests in Whānau Navigator roles to support and build whānau capability.   


Media Contact:
Ranae Niven, Senior Communications Advisor, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
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