Speech - Dr Paul Hutchison MP

By: Dr Paul Hutchison  06-Dec-2011

Speech - Dr Paul Hutchison MP

Speech by
Dr Paul Hutchison at the
Official Opening Ko Awatea Education & Innovation Centre
Counties Manukau DHB
Tuesday 21 June 2011:   10.00am
Tena Koutou, tena kotou, tena kotou
Karanga mai, mihi mai
E nga mana, E nga reo, Enga iwi o Tainui Waka
Tenakoe King Haitia, Te Rangitira o te Kingi tonga
Tena kotou, tena koutou, tena koutou
I am delighted to join you today to celebrate the official opening of Ko Awatea.  The name, Ko Awatea, “first light”, catches the vision of the centre about shedding light on how we can do things differently

Internationally, New Zealand is beginning to be recognised for its progressive health care system.  It is timely to position New Zealand as a recognised ‘hub’ on the international map.  Ko Awatea’s Asia-Pacific Healthcare Colloquium later today is a step towards this international positioning.  The intention is to have full forums in future years, and the government wishes  Ko Awatea well with its international forum plans. 

The theme of today’s Colloquium is ‘Innovation and Action’, two things which health systems the world over need to embrace. On behalf of the government I extend a warm welcome to all forum delegates, including our international guests.

Ko Awatea is creating the opportunity for dialogue between academics and health care providers to align professional development with the service delivery needs for a ‘better, sooner, more convenient health care service’.   It will do this by generating ideas, and planning and implementing these new ideas on the ground as a team, with everyone having the opportunity to participate. 

Ko Awatea is showing innovation from its inception as it brings together key regional and international organisations to share their forward thinking and drive for quality.  

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