Latest news 6 October 2016 | We have moments of excellence in our organisation every day and that’s due to the people who work here. People who are passionate about what they do and have a real ‘fire in their belly’ for providing the best care they can and making a difference. Meet Eti Televave and Tanya du Plessis, two staff members who strive to be the best in what they do, yet remain humble, thankful and determined to give back to the people and communities that supported them. Eti is a senior physiotherapist who recently graduated from a Pasifika Leadership Programme and Tanya was awarded Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) Pharmacist of the year (2015).

Pasifika Leadership Programme: Class of 2014 – 2016.

Eti’s story

In September 2014 I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in an 18-month leadership programme with the support of Margie Apa (Director of Strategic Development). Margaret Tuala (Charge Nurse Manager Ward 7) who is currently on maternity leave was also chosen to go on this journey with me.
What an amazing journey it turned out to be! Eleven Pacific leaders were chosen from Vector Energy, SkyCity, The Warehouse, Westpac, ASB, Spark, University of Auckland and BEST Training came along for the ride. We started off as complete strangers, but we finished the course as a family and we will always have each other for leadership advice and support.

Roseann Gedye (People Management), Dr Brigid Carroll (Leadership in Organisations), Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh (Pasifika Mat) and Rowena Bryce (Head of People Operations, ASB) provided the teaching and mentoring for me on this course. The lessons that I take away from these four amazing ladies will prove invaluable to me as I plan to challenge myself with different roles here at CM Health in the near future.

On Graduation night, I was proud to stand in front of an audience of executives proudly representing CM Health. I expressed my gratitude for being provided with this opportunity and recited a poem to summarise my experience:

I am forever grateful

For this chance to improve myself

I plan to give back

To Counties Manukau Health

I am a proud Samoan and even prouder that I was raised in Otara. I would love nothing more than to guide and motivate young Pacific kids of South Auckland into successful health careers.


The Pasifika Leadership graduates. Eti is the person kneeling. Absent from the photo is Margaret Tuala

PSNZ Pharmacist of the year

Tanya’s story

I am very fortunate to have my dream job, and can’t imagine doing anything else. I have such a fascination with infectious diseases and microbiology and that’s why I decided to study further in this field.

The Pharmacist of the year award was presented to me in recognition of excellence in professional clinical pharmacy practice by providing high-quality clinical pharmacy services that improve patient’s outcomes; raise the profile and role of clinical pharmacists, and provide a model of practice that others strive to emulate (reasons as per the PSNZ).

I was completely taken aback when the PSNZ President phoned me to advise me of the award, and seriously humbled by the thought of being chosen. I believe that it is the first time that a hospital pharmacist has been awarded the PSNZ Pharmacist of the Year award.

This award is not just a reflection on my career/achievements, but on all the support and encouragement I receive from the Infectious Diseases team and Clinical Microbiology on a daily basis. Special thanks must be given to the all the pharmacists who have contributed to my career, and especially the management and staff of the Pharmacy Department at Middlemore Hospital. I have been very fortunate to work with a group of amazing, highly motivated clinical pharmacists that challenge me to be better every day.

Tanya du Plessis

Eti and Tanya embody the values of CM Health and are great examples of what can happen when you challenge yourself to keep improving.   Well done Eti and Tanya on your amazing achievements.


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