The Pirika Taonga
Submissions will next be open 1 September–31 October 2023.
The Pirika Taonga is in memory of Poiti Arama-karaka Pirika who was the RANZCP’s Kaumātua (Elder) from 2008 to 2017. It recognises noteworthy contributions in Māori mental health and addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The award may be given to a Māori member of the RANZCP (Fellow, Affiliate or trainee), or a member of the Māori community, who has contributed to increasing Māori relationships across the New Zealand mental health sector including noteworthy contributions (which may include service provision, leadership, research) in Māori mental health and addictions in Aotearoa New Zealand. The individual’s commitment to Te Reo Māori me onā tikanga in practice is one of the noteworthy principles underpinning the award.
The award includes a taonga (treasure) in the form of a carved pounamu (greenstone pendant).