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2018 Queen’s Birthday honours with Waikato DHB connections

Three people connected with Waikato DHB were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. We congratulate them for their contribution in the world of health in our region.

New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM)

Dr Amanda Oakley was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). Amanda is a dermatologist at Waikato Hospital who founded DermNet NZ in 1995, now the world’s most popular resource for skin health.

Congratulations Amanda, we are very proud of the work you do and your dedication to our patients in the Waikato.

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Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)

Mrs Christine Brears, of Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust was awarded for services to Māori and health.

Christine has provided representation on the National Hau Ora Coalition, represented Ngati Maniapoto on the Piki Te Ora Partnership Advisory Board to Waikato District Health Board, as a member of the Iwi Māori Council of Waikato District Health Board, and on various health taskforces.

 Queen’s Service Medal (QSM)

Gerri Pomeroy of Hamilton was awarded for her services to people with disabilities.

Gerri is co-chair of the Waikato District Health Board Consumer Council which was set-up in March 2018.




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