Nursing and Midwifery Awards

The Nursing and Midwifery Awards recognise the skills and qualities required by nurses and midwives, and celebrate the amazing job they do every day.

Nominations for our 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Awards are now open!

Anyone working in health care can nominate a deserving nurse or midwife. 

To find out more about the awards or view last year's winners click on the below sections:

Categories and criteria  |  Entry Rules  |  2017 Winners 

Categories and criteria

Please make sure you read the criteria carefully and in the nomination form demonstrate how the nurse or midwife you are nominating meets each of the criteria.

You can view a sample nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB]

All completed nomination forms should be emailed to

Aged Residential Care Nursing Award

This will be awarded to a nurse who works in the aged residential care sector


  • Acknowledged by peers, patients and whānau as an excellent nurse
  • Takes the lead in new initiatives and quality improvement activities to achieve best practice and improve the patient experience
  • Works in partnership with the patient and their whānau to form working relationships to get the support they need to improve their health and independence
  • Raises the profile and voice of aged residential care nursing

Download the nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB].

Primary Health Care Nursing Award

This award is for an exemplary nurse working in primary care.


  • Acknowledged by peers, the primary care team and patients as an excellent nurse
  • Takes the lead in new initiatives and quality improvement activities to achieve equitable outcomes and best practice 
  • Works in partnership with the patient and their whānau to form working relationships with all disciplines to get the support they need to improve their health and independence
  • Works with other providers to improve integration across the whole patient journey
  • Raises the profile and voice of primary health care nursing

Download the nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB].

Te Kauae Raro Māori Nursing and Midwifery Award

The Te Kauae Raro award recognises Maori Nurses and Midwives who have made a significant contribution to Maori Health in the Auckland DHB hospitals or in the community.


  • Angamua- demonstrates leadership skills or actions which positively influence health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori
  • Haere Mai- demonstrates the ability to connect with others and establish effective working relationships with colleagues and caring relationships with whānau, hapu, iwi, urban Māori
  • Manaaki- is a role model to others by being respectful and caring.  Has the ability to empower and care for others through education, mentorship and engagement or research the influences of positive health and wellbeing of Māori
  • Tūhono- demonstrates the ability to encourage and achieve unity and establish collaborative working relationships to improve health and wellbeing outcomes of Maori

Download the nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB].

Pacific Nursing and Midwifery Award

This award acknowledges and recognises significant contributions of an indigenous Pacific nurse or midwife to Pacific health and Pacific nursing. The award is open to any nurse or midwife working in a clinical, leadership, teaching or academic role; in the hospital, the community or primary health services.


  • Demonstrates engagement with Pacific communities and actions that influence positive Pacific health outcomes
  • Demonstrates and embrace the Auckland DHB and Pacific values and how this impacts on their care and service provision
  • Role models good leadership qualities and this can include mentorship, clinical supervision, and support of other Pacific nurses
  • Demonstrates collaborative working relations with the wider health and social sector to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific people and communities
  • Promotes and supports the interests of the wider Pacific nursing community

Download the nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB]

Entry rules

The following entry rules are applicable:

  1. The awards are open to all nurses and midwives working within the Auckland DHB catchment area.
  2. Applications can be submitted by individuals or teams but only individuals may receive an award.
  3. An individual may be nominated for more than one award if they meet the criteria. A separate application should be submitted for each award.
  4. Please complete all sections in the nomination form and provide specific examples for each criteria area. You can view a sample nomination form here [DOCX, 1.2 MB]
  5. Nominations must comply with entry guidelines and time deadlines.
  6. Information provided in any nomination will be held by Auckland DHB for the purpose of assessing the applications and promoting the awards.
  7. In submitting a nomination, you consent to the publication of some or all of the information contained within their nomination.

Finalists will be notified in April and invited to the Nursing and Midwifery Awards evening in May where the winners will be revealed. The Nursing and Midwifery Awards evening is made possible through the generous support of the A+ Trust (external link) .

Nursing and Midwifery Award winners for 2017

The winners of the individual Nursing and Midwifery Awards for 2017 were presented at the Awards evening. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists!

Auckland DHB Chief Nursing Officer’s Award

  • Winner: Elaine Sheirtcliff

  • Finalists: Angela Minto, Cullum Millar

Adult Community and Long Term Conditions Directorate Award

  • Winner: Suzanne Werder

  • Finalists: Ann Giles​, Mata Brown

Adult Medical Directorate Award

  • Winner: Kamlesh Nand

  • Finalists: Poonam Kumari, Soloshini Harirajh

Cancer and  Blood Directorate Award​

  • Winner: Valerie Honeyman

  • Finalists: Leanne Wilson, Simone McMillan

Cardiovascular Services (D C McMinn) Award​

  • Winner: Nik Adams

  • Finalists: Bernie Lightbourne, Elaine Sheirtcliff

Child Health Directorate & Starship Foundation Excellence in Clinical Practice

  • Winner: Diane Fuller

  • Finalists: Julie Scott, ​Lydia Markham

Clinical Support Award​

  • Winner: Sherry Sinclair

  • Finalist: Charlene Bayley

Mental Health and Addictions Directorate Award​

  • Winner: Cullum Millar

  • Finalists: Danny Shiferaw, Matthew Wrightson

Perioperative Nurses's Choice Award – OR

  • Winner: Elizabeth Kanivatoa

  • Finalists: Carol Andrew, Jude Fetalino

Perioperative Nurses's Choice Award  – PACU

  • Winner: Gemma Parker

  • Finalists: Anna Bostock, Melissa Pilapil

Surgical Directorate Award

  • Winner: Debbie Perry

  • Finalists: Megan Connolly, Megan Goudie

Women's Health Nursing and Midwifery Award

  • Winner: Annette Gage

  • Finalist: Shenaaz Desai

Aged Residential Home Nursing Award

  • Winner: Cyrene Jabay

  • Finalists:​ Abraham Nolasco, Flora Liu

Primary Health Care Nursing Award

  • Winner: Jayme Kitiona 

  • Finalists: Cherry Chen, Mele Taufa  

Rotary Alistair McFarlane Memorial Award

  • Winner: Darlene DeGouzman

  • Finalist: Paula Albanez

Rotary Anne Craig Medal

  • Winner: Lucy McKeage

  • Finalists: Susannah Matthews, Teresa Campbell

Univeristy of Auckland School of Nursing Trophy for Clinical and Academic Leadership

  • Winner: Jackie Robinson

  • Finalist: Abel Smith

Cecile Thompson Award in Gerontology

  • Winner: Soby Mathai

Kim Williams Scholarship for General Medicine

  • Winner: Michelle Griffen

  • Finalist:​ MinKyung (MK) Byun

Judith Philipson Excellence in Bedside Delivery Award

  • Winner: Kristen Pynenburg

  • Finalists: ​Sarah Maggs, Sue McKnight

T W Bollard Child Health Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

  • Winner: Caroline Radich     

J M Neil Prize in Otorhinolaryngology

  • Winner: Kath Honeybone

  • Finalists: Lyn Russell, Vanessa Anderson

D C Hounsell Prize in Neuroservices

  • Winner: Lorraine MacDonald

  • Finalists: Claire Wu, In Kyoung Jeong

W A Fairclough Award in Ophthalmology

  • Winner: David Garland

  • Finalists: Arlene Laurenciana, Dena D'Souza

Rotary ​Trophy of Tradition

  • Winner: Susan Atherton

  • Finalists: Eileen Gilder, Sandra Almeida

Pat Butcher Lifetime Learning Award

  • Winner: Heather Spinetto

  • Finalists: Ann Doran, Jackie Robinson