The Minister of Health Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to recognise the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services.
The 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards were presented on 22 June, during National Volunteer Week, at the Grand Hall Parliament.
This year's recipients are:
- Health Volunteer of the Year – Wellington Hospitals Volunteer Service
- Health Care Provider Service Team Volunteers – Wellington Hospitals Volunteer Service
- Health Care Provider Service Individual Winners – Roy Gardiner
- Community or NGO Health Service Team Volunteers – Knox Home Companions
- Community or NGO Health Service Individual Winners – Arron Schroder
- Māori/Pacific Health Team Volunteers – Te Angitu (Leadership Roopu)
- Māori/Pacific Health Volunteer Individual Winners – Luisa Masalo
- Youth Health Volunteer Individual awards – Eilish Wilkes
- Long Service awards – Elizabeth Swift
This year’s judges are:
- Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki and Chair of the Health Select Committee
- Riki Nia Nia, (Tuhoe, Ngati Kahungunu) General Manager Maori Health for both Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards, Chair of Tumu Whakarae (the national strategic Māori health leadership group for District Health Boards) and Chair of the Kia Ora Hauora Māori Health Careers Programme.
- Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika), Victoria University of Wellington
- Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand
- Jane Bodkin, Senior Advisor Nursing, Ministry of Health.