Rhys news item


Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for leading lecturer in Māori public health

2 September 2020

During the online Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony yesterday, Dr Rhys Jones from The University of Auckland’s Te Kupenga Hauora Māori was announced this year’s recipient of the top tertiary teaching accolade.

One of nine Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardees celebrated in the virtual ceremony organised by Ako Aotearoa, the ultimate award was announced by Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, via a pre-recorded message.

Dr Jones, who is a Māori public health physician and senior lecturer, has had a leading role in Māori Health teaching and learning across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the university.

Building a culturally safe health-sector workforce with a strong Māori presence is important to him. "Transforming students’ learning experiences is an essential precursor to improving Māori health and achieving health equity", he writes in his nomination portfolio.

Ako Aotearoa is delighted to host the Awards online this year, in response to the current Covid-19 situation. We again congratulate Dr Jones and the other eight awardees.

Watch the awardees' individual 3-minute videos, read their citations and two-page profiles.