The inaugural Tariana Turia Award was awarded to Hone Harawira at the recent successful Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Hobart. The award recognises significant contributions to reducing the impact of tobacco on indigenous populations within the Oceania region, due to the massive inequity in harm from smoking within these groups.

Mr Harawira was chosen from nominees across Oceania by a panel of tobacco control advocates representing Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Mr Harawira, received the award as recognition for his tireless efforts to highlight the impact of smoking on Māori and Pasifika within New Zealand. He was the driving force behind the Māori Affairs Select Committee’s decision to undertake an inquiry into the tobacco industry and the impact of smoking on Māori, which was the catalyst for the Government's Smokefree New Zealand 2025 goal.

The other four finalists were:

  • Teresa Butler – Stop Smoking Practitioner, Te Puawaitanga Ki Otauatahi Trust, nominated for working with and helping many whānau in a variety of different settings i.e. marae, medical centres, Salvation Army AOD services, factories, communities and in the whānau home. 
  • Western Australia Aboriginal Tobacco Control Strategic Leadership Team, nominated for developing a model that shows the value and effectiveness of Aboriginal tobacco control workforce partnering and collaborating to implement state-wide evidence-based approaches to reduce smoking among Aboriginal communities. 
  • Joseph and Taryn Taurima, business owners of Omapere GAS and Omapardise Cafe, nominated for leading the way by no longer selling tobacco products at the gas station, having a smokefree cafe, and for strongly advocating with local business to stop selling tobacco. 
  • Susan (Sue) Taylor, smokefree advocate, nominated for extensive mahi within the Māori tobacco control sector for many years. Sue lives the values, the kaupapa always comes first, mahia te mahi – just do the work. "Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini." "Success is not the work of one, but the work of many."