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NZSTA would like to recognise a team or individual service and commitment to kaupapa Māori in the workplace. This award is not limited to speech-language therapists; however, nominees are expected to contribute positively to speech-language therapy spaces.

Value: $1,000
Each nominee will receive a certificate recognising their commitment to kaupapa Māori.

Application and Eligibility

Nominees will have been observed to demonstrate:  

  • NZSTA values of aroha, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga, and kotahitanga 
  • Positive leadership by embedding kaupapa Māori and promoting tikanga within the workplace 
  • Commitment to learning and continued sharing of kaupapa Māori (for example, te reo Māori, tikanga, etc)  


Evidence will take the form of reference/nomination detailing how the individual/team have demonstrated leadership in kaupapa Māori.

Award Process:

The winner of the Tohu Kaupapa Māori Award will be determined by the Māori rōpū and will be announced at the annual professional development event (NZSTA conference or symposium).

Application via nomination emailed to culturaldevelopment@speechtherapy.org.nz 

Application form

Award recipients may be approached to share their mahi with members through a Communication Matters article or a presentation.

Any queries, please contact culturaldevelopment@speechtherapy.org.nz

Award Recipient from Previous Years

2022: Awarded to Tua o Te Pae - Geneva Hakaraia-Tino, Mary Browne & Ann Smaill
2021: Awarded to Tracy Karanui-Golf