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Nurse Awarded For Contribution To Maori Health

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Nurse Awarded For Contribution To Maori Health

Wellington, Sept 15 NZPA - A 77-year-old former nurse's contribution to Maori health has been recognised by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).

Wairarapa woman Janice Wenn, of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngati Moe and Ngati Hinewaka, has been awarded the NZNO's Akenehi Hei award.

The award was created in memory of Akenehi Hei, the first Maori nurse to register under her Maori name.

Ms Wenn's "outstanding and extensive" career had spanned five decades, NZNO spokeswoman Liz McDonald said.

She had worked as a staff nurse, ward sister, sole charge nurse in Tasmania, public health nurse, assistant principle nurse, principle nurse and chief nursing officer at Taranaki hospital, plus as a board member of a crown health enterprise and district health board.

She and her brother, Kim Workman, had devised a health plan called Whaiora Whanui Maori, which was still providing community health services for Maori, said Ms McDonald.

She had also completed a diploma of nursing, a masters thesis on hospital information systems and gained a PhD, at the age of 74, which focussed on the core values underpinning Maori health.

Ms Wenn now worked part-time at Massey University as a senior research fellow.

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