Kia āhukahukangia mō a mātou mahi mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa Being recognised for our work for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand
Public Service Medal and Commendation for Service
In January 2021, Ann Dysart, Manager of our E Tū Whānau team, was recognised for her immense contribution to vulnerable communities in New Zealand, especially Māori, Pacific, migrant and refugee communities, over a long Public Service career. She received a Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service Medal in acknowledgement of her outstanding commitment to New Zealand and New Zealanders. Ann also received the Public Service Commissioner’s Commendation for Service for 50 years of exceptional service.
Throughout her career, Ann was there to listen, to understand and to work with communities to find their own path. For the past decade Ann managed our E Tū Whānau team, a kaupapa with a focus on initiatives designed and led by Māori for Māori aimed at strengthening whānau resilience and wellbeing and addressing issues of violence.
Following the Christchurch Mosques shootings in 2019, Ann’s immediate and hands-on support for the Muslim community was exceptional. At the time her style was described as “nothing about us without us” – a mantra that flowed through everything Ann did.
Sadly, Ann passed away in the early hours of 28 January 2021 after a long battle with cancer, just two days after receiving her awards at a ceremony at her home. She is greatly missed by us all.