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Te Tohu Rapuora

Te Tohu Rapuora is a Māori Health Research Leadership, Excellence, and Contribution Award.

Call for nominations

Please note, the closing date has been extended until 1pm, Friday 15 May.

Te Tohu Rapuora recognises the contribution to Māori health leadership of a single researcher, research team, or community group. It may be awarded for a specific piece of research, an accumulated body of research, or a life-time contribution that has advanced Māori health.

Te Tohu Rapuora will be awarded to an individual, research team, or community group, whose work has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and contribution to advancing Māori health and/or knowledge.

The recipient(s) will have worked in partnership with iwi or hapū, community, or other Māori health stakeholders in making their contribution to Māori health.

The award recognises recipients who have ensured the translation and dissemination of their findings to maximise the uptake and impact of their work for the benefit of Māori. Additionally, the work being recognised will have contributed to fostering the capacity and capability of the Māori health research workforce, beyond the nominee’s own research career.

The award is intended for research that is Māori-led; however a research team or community group that includes non-Māori may be nominated.

As the award may recognise an accumulated body of research or life-time contribution, nominations may be received for work undertaken at any time.

Te Tohu Rapuora will be presented on Thursday 5 November at the Research Honours Aotearoa ceremony in Wellingtonon. Accommodation and transport will be arranged for the recipient and partner (or two representatives from the team).

Nominations are now being sought for the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Te Tohu Rapuora. Nominations should include:

  • the name and contact details of the nominee or main contact if nominating a research team or community group
  • a brief statement (no more than three A4 pages) addressing the following criteria:
    • The nominee’s contribution to advancing Māori health and/or knowledge
    • How the nominee has partnered with iwi/hapū, community, or other Māori health stakeholders
    • How the nominee has ensured the translation and dissemination of their findings to enhance the uptake and impact of their research
    • Demonstration of fostering capacity and capability of the Māori health research workforce.
  • Carefully selected (rather than comprehensive) supporting evidence in support of the nomination may be attached (no more than three A4 pages).

Nomination on behalf of others is acceptable, as is self-nomination.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, nominations have been extended from the original closing date of Monday 4 May 2020 and are now due at 1pm, Friday 15 May 2020. These should be sent to Mr Stacey Pene via email (spene@hrc.govt.nz). If nominating a colleague, nominators must inform the nominee of the outcome.

Te Tohu Rapuora – previous recipients

2019 - Dr Matire Harwood who teaches at The University of Auckland’s Medical School while working as a GP at the Papakura Marae Health Clinic received this award for her outstanding leadership and contribution to Māori health. She is renowned for her work in developing and testing community interventions for long-term conditions such as asthma, stroke, heart disease and diabetes, and has excelled in her efforts to improve Māori health outcomes and achieve equity. 

2018 - Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato was the inaugural winner of this award for showing leadership and commitment in advancing Māori health research, knowledge, and wellbeing by working closely with iwi, hapu and other Māori health stakeholders. The Institute's research leaders are widely known and respected for their Kaupapa Māori methodologies and collaborations, and for building the capacity and capability of the Māori health research workforce.