Wed 23 Jan 2019

Kiwi of the year nominations

Behavioural scientist Marewa Glover is one of three nominees for New Zealander of the Year.

Dr Glover, who was the first speaker in WITT’s Ngā Ara Rangahau public lecture series in 2017, is credited with spending more than a quarter of a century helping improve the health of indigenous populations.

She is New Zealand’s foremost expert in developing pragmatic public health interventions to be delivered within indigenous communities. In addition to tobacco control, she has researched and advocated for new public health interventions to tackle issues such as obesity and interpersonal violence.

Her research and public advocacy for Maori and Pacific people has helped create a global consensus on e-cigarettes and the role they could play in ending smoking.

Last year she launched a Centre of Research Excellence on Indigenous Sovereignty and Smoking. The centre has an international focus and will be partnering indigenous organisations and researchers around the world to investigate how to reduce, rapidly, tobacco smoking among their people.

She lines up alongside Eat My Lunch founder  Lisa King and mental health advocate Mike King as one of three finalists in the Kiwibank sponsored awards.

The winner will be announced in Auckland on February 13.

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