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New Waikato DHB CEO welcomed

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Waikato DHB’s new chief executive Dr Kevin Snee was welcomed to the Waikato at a pōwhiri held at the Hui Te Rangiora Marae in Hamilton this morning (12 August 2019).

Taki Turner, Waikato DHB kaunikera kaumatua led the proceedings at the powhiri attended by Waikato DHB commissioner, deputy commissioners, DHB Iwi Maori Council, DHB staff and members of the wider community.

Commissioner Karen Poutasi says it is a significant milestone for the DHB to finally have a permanent chief executive, and one with lots of experience in the areas we need. We look forward to working with Kevin to help our District Health Board reach its potential and a healthy future for the people of the Waikato.

Chief executive Dr Snee thanked everyone for the warm welcome and said it was so good to be here.

"I recognise that there is a lot to learn about Waikato DHB and a lot that you can all be proud of," said Dr Snee.

"I also know that we have some challenges to face and the answers to those will come from us working together."

Dr Snee talked about the seven priorities that he will focus on in the coming weeks and months:

"First is addressing issues of patient safety and quality of care.

"Second and equally importantly is addressing the profound inequities that exist in our community and in particular improving the health of Māori - as it is often said - you can’t have quality without equality.

"Third, improving access to our services - there is little point in having great services if they are difficult to access or if they are accessed in an inequitable way.

"Fourth working in an integrated way with our primary care colleagues and NGOs - you need the whole system to work together for the whole system to work.

"Fifth working constructively with our public sector partners and local iwi to address economic development and social inclusion - Waikato DHB has a key role to play in civic leadership.

"Sixth working with our Midland regional partners so that we fulfill our role as the tertiary provider in a constructive way and finally (seventh) doing all this in a fiscally prudent way - we have to live within our means.

"Ultimately Waikato DHB is only as good as the people who work in it and it’s my job to make sure that you can fulfill your potential to ensure that our local community get the high quality service they deserve."

He aha te mea nui i tenei ao, Māku e kī atu, he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

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