News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Te ORA congratulates Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Press release

For immediate release

27 Hui-Tanguru 2014

Te ORA congratulates Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Kei te hoa, kei te whanaunga, kei te tuakana, kei te tungāne

Tenei ra te whakamihi ki a koe, e piki nei ki te taumata

Kua whakanuia koe i te atamira auraki, e kīia nei 'Te Tangata o Aotearoa o Te Tau'

I to whakahōnoretanga, kua hōnore tatou katoa

Te ORA Congratulates Dr Lance O’Sullivan on being named New Zealander of the Year. Lance’s ties with Te ORA go back to when he first joined, as a Māori medical student. Since then we’ve followed Lance as he has moved from GP work in Rotorua through to his return to his Tūrangawaewae at Kaitaia and service to the people of Te Hiku o Te Ika. Many of our students have travelled to Kaitaia to see how Lance works, and in 2012 Te ORA was welcomed there for our Hui-A-Tau at Korou Kore Marae, Ahipara.

Lance has in many ways broken the mould in his approach to health care, particularly in access to services for the young and the poor. Society may often portray such groups as medically marginalised, but Lance has kept them at the centre of his focus. It hasn’t always been easy — where there is suffering, sometimes good people can be drawn into different points of view as to the best way forward.

Lance’s character of persistence even through the hard parts is mirrored by his sporting achievements in IronMaori, NZ IronMan, and club rugby. We perceive that Lance has followed up on his commitment to the people, and as Māori doctors we’re proud to see one of our number honoured in this way. Of course Lance is the first to say “ehara taku toa, i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini”, and so we particularly identify the support of his hoa rangatira Tracy, and their whānau at home and at Te Kohanga Whakaora. Kaitaia 2014, NZ’s northernmost region, the first Māori doctor New Zealander of the Year — Lance you’ve laid down the kaupapa, we hope to see it expand outwards across the motu.

Nā George Laking (Chair, Te ORA)

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news