Foundation North's Trustee Moe Milne added to the Queen's Honours List

Monday 12 June 2017

Foundation North's Trustee Moe Milne added to the Queen's Honours List

Trained as a psychopaedic, general and psychiatric nurse, and as a teacher, Moe has made a significant contribution to addressing Māori mental health and addiction issues.

Moe’s interest in mental health began at secondary school when she discovered that a close friend was experiencing mental illness. This spurred her decision to study as a psychiatric nurse. Moe worked at a psychopaedic hospital in Mangere before going to Ngawhatu Hospital in Nelson to commence her formal training as a psychiatric nurse.

Once qualified, Moe spent some time nursing at Kingseat Hospital in rural South Auckland before going to work in Scotland in the mid-1970s. She then returned to Aotearoa to nurse at Carrington Hospital in Auckland.

In 1980 Moe decided a new journey. She returned to family land in Matawaia, trained as a teacher, and taught at Kaikohe Intermediate and Kaikohe West School. From 1988 she taught in Māori language schools and became a resource teacher, working with 14 schools to implement the Māori language curriculum.

In 1995, Moe moved back into health when she began work as kaiwhakahaere with the Health and Disability Commissioner, with a focus on the protection and promotion of consumer rights. In this role, Moe helped embed the code of rights and the development of advance directives for users of health services.

Since Moe became a consultant and adviser in 2000, her combined health and education background has seen her contribute to a number of important initiatives, including the development of the national Māori addiction strategy, Te Hau Marire. She has also developed Māori health education programmes, contributed to Māori health research, and chaired the Health Research Council group that developed Te Ara Tika, guidelines for Māori research ethics.

Congratulations Moe from all of us at Foundation North.

Two of our former trustees were also recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Pat Snedden, a trustee from 2000 to 2008, was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and Māori . Candis Craven, a trustee from 2002 to 2010, was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to ballet and business.

Congratulations Pat and Candis!

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