It was a glittery evening showcasing outstanding work, commitment to equity and innovation within the Hawke’s Bay health system at Friday night’s Hawke’s Bay Health Awards 2019, held at the Napier Conference Centre.
The evening got underway with a fantastic performance by members of the Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre followed by category winner announcements. Keynote speaker David Downs was a standout and local band Pulse saw people dancing the night away.
Long-time sponsor Skyline Aviation joined the DHB in paying tribute to former DHB colleague and Integrated Operations Centre Manager, Jackie Akuhata-Brown. Following a terminal kidney cancer diagnosis a few months ago, Jackie relocated to Christchurch to be with her family. The DHB acknowledged Jackie at the awards night with a presentation of a Pounamu, which was accepted by good friend and colleague, Lil Dinneen. Skyline Aviation’s CEO Mark Weeden also announced its sponsored award category would now be known as the 'Jackie Akuhata-Brown Outstanding Contribution to Health’ award. A short video of Jackie thanking everyone was played to the audience.
As always, judging of the health awards is never an easy task and this year we had 29 entries across six categories. A big thank you to our shortlisting judges and finals judges who had a tough job weeding out the winners. They were:
Shortlisting judges: Representatives from the Māori Relationship Board; Ana Apatu, Na Raihania and Trish Giddens, Consumer Council representatives; Deborah Grace, Denise Woodhams and Les Cunningham and Clinical Council representatives; Dr Peter Culham, Dr Andy Phillips and Dr Kevin Choy.
Finals judges: Specialist in organisation development and founder of Harper Devine Ltd Joanna Harper, Partner Buddle Findlay Peter Chemis, Director of Primary Care Nursing Karyn Bousfield, Consultant Physician Dr John Gommans and HBDHB Board Member Peter Dunkerley.