Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui | New Zealand Public Service Medal
A special presentation of Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui o Aotearoa l The New Zealand Public Service Medal was made on Tuesday 26 January 2021.
Ann Dysart, Manager Community Partnerships and Programmes, Ministry of Social Development
Ann is a wahine who has dedicated her entire public service career to supporting and empowering whānau communities. Since she started as a public service cadet at 17 years old, Ann has worked tirelessly as a champion of whānau, always advocating on their behalf, promoting their values, and nurturing their aspirations.
Ann is best known for her leadership of the Māori-led initiative, “E Tū Whānau” where she has worked as an invisible force behind the scenes inspiring generations of whānau to achieve better outcomes for their people. Her quiet, calm and dignified presence has earned her enormous respect, trust and mana from her community.
Ann’s authenticity and cultural responsiveness saw her and the E Tū Whānau team take the lead in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attack supporting the refugee community within hours of the tragedy.
The following whakataukī embodies Ann’s dedication to whānau and communities. Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei - Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain
Ann is a leader, champion and advocate for the community she serves and is a worthy recipient of the New Zealand Public Service Medal.