The difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 HB Health Awards programme.

In making this decision we have reflected on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and the constraints and pressures those working in health face day-to-day.

In this environment we are very conscious of the work required and time available to prepare and submit high quality entries into the awards programme that truly reflect the amazing work done across the Hawke’s Bay health sector.

While the awards have been cancelled this year we look forward to what 2021 will bring!


Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Hawke's Bay Health Awards!

Read about the 2019 winners here.(external link)


It was a glittery evening showcasing outstanding work, commitment to equity and innovation within the Hawke’s Bay health system at Friday night’s Hawke’s Bay Health Awards 2019, held at the Napier Conference Centre.

The evening got underway with a fantastic performance by members of the Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre followed by category winner announcements. Keynote speaker David Downs was a standout and local band Pulse saw people dancing the night away.

Long-time sponsor Skyline Aviation joined the DHB in paying tribute to former DHB colleague and Integrated Operations Centre Manager, Jacqui Akuhata-Brown. Following a terminal kidney cancer diagnosis a few months ago, Jacqui relocated to Christchurch to be with her family.  The DHB acknowledged Jacqui at the awards night with a presentation of a Pounamu, which was accepted by good friend and colleague, Lil Dinneen. Skyline Aviation’s CEO Mark Weeden also announced its sponsored award category would now be known as the 'Jacqui Akuhata-Brown Outstanding Contribution to Health’ award. A short video of Jacqui thanking everyone was played to the audience.

As always, judging of the health awards is never an easy task and this year we had 29 entries across six categories. A big thank you to our shortlisting judges and finals judges who had a tough job weeding out the winners. They were:

Shortlisting judges: Representatives from the Māori Relationship Board; Ana Apatu, Na Raihania and Trish Giddens, Consumer Council representatives; Deborah Grace, Denise Woodhams and Les Cunningham and Clinical Council representatives; Dr Peter Culham, Dr Andy Phillips and Dr Kevin Choy.

Finals judges: Specialist in organisation development and founder of Harper Devine Ltd Joanna Harper, Partner Buddle Findlay Peter Chemis, Director of Primary Care Nursing Karyn Bousfield, Consultant Physician Dr John Gommans and HBDHB Board Member Peter Dunkerley.