"A Champion of the Vulnerable"


"A Champion of the Vulnerable"

Allan Franks says he felt “privileged and a bit overwhelmed” to receive the Marlene Pitman Award at Hui Taumata, the PSA Māori Congress.

The award honours Māori delegates who provide outstanding service in the workplace or to Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina.

He uri nō Ngāpuhi, nō Maniapoto hoki, Allan is a Kaiatawhai and Māori Enterprise Delegate at the Auckland District Health Board.

He’s also the DHB Sector Māngai for Te Rūnanga, and is convenor of Te Tira Hauora, the committee representing Māori PSA members in the DHB sector.

In his many roles, Rūnanga Tuakana Lesley Dixon says Allan is dedicated to the wellbeing of people.

“He is a champion of the vulnerable, passionate about inequity and a voice against racial and systemic discrimination.”

Last year Allan presented a submission on Health Inequities for Māori to the Māori Affairs Select Committee on behalf of Te Tira Hauora.

Sector Māngai Thereza Clark, who nominated Allan for the award, says he always encourages new delegates to take up leadership roles.

“He encourages them not to be afraid to have an opinion. Your eye is always on the goal. Better working conditions for our people, better health outcomes for our people.”

In receiving the award, Allan paid tribute to PSA and Rūnanga stalwart Marlene Pitman, who passed away in 2010.

“I asked her once, how she felt about being a delegate. She answered unreservedly that it was about being with the ‘shakers and the movers’, having influence in government and the community.”

Allan also acknowledged the support of his whānau, Te Tira Hauora, Te Rūnanga, and PSA staff.

 

 

 

 

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