The 2016 ceremony took place at Te Papa, Wellington on 15 April, and honoured these amazing winners.
We had over 40 entries for the Media awards, and our judges carefully selected the following as the winning Media entries for 2016:
The Respiratory Achievers Awards take place every two years to celebrate the success of New Zealanders’ with a respiratory condition who have achieved their goals despite their health conditions. The scope for the achievements is broad, and may range across areas such as sporting, leadership, academic, cultural and community. Achievements are also managing a respiratory condition well and living an active and full life!
The inaugural Respiratory Media Awards also took place to recognise the important role that media play in respiratory education. Quality reporting of respiratory issues helps bring attention and awareness to communities while reinforcing the need to take respiratory health seriously.
The 2016 Awards was a great night full of inspiring stories and reminded us all of the importance of working together to fight respiratory disease in New Zealand. We heard from previous Achiever winner Nicole Doriguzzi who spoke of her adventures helping street dogs in Chile, despite battling asthma and cystic fibrosis. CE John Wills also unveiled the Foundation's new brand and website, and spoke of the change it represents for our work moving forward.
Television presenter and Foundation Ambassador Erin Simpson was MC for the night, while our other supporter and basketball player Brook Ruscoe joined her on stage to hand out the Achievers awards. It was clear how moved the audience was hearing the stories from our amazing Achievers winners, particularly Cody Forbes Award winners Davis Herniman and his mum Regina Walker. You can watch a video on their story below.
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 2016 New Zealand Respiratory Awards! You can check out more photos below.