On 18 December 2015 I was thrilled to be appointed by the South Canterbury District Health board to the position of General Manager Māori health/Māori advisor.

The General Manager Māori is positioned in the senior leadership team and is responsible for planning and development of effective services to community Māori. This position includes providing advice and direction relating to things Māori in the areas of implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Hauora Māori models of practice, Tikaka Best Practice, and best use of te reo Māori in the health environment.

I look forward to enhancing the solid foundation laid down here at the DHB by Koro Bruce Wikitoa and Fiona Pimm. I am pleased to be supported in this by a very strong and active Māori Advisory Group.

Nō reira, mā tini mā mano ka rapa te whai, ka ekea ake ai. Many hands working in unity achieves great things.

Nā Ruth Garvin.