King's Honour for Talalelei

Tofilau Talalelei Taufale was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Pacific Health as part of the King’s Birthday and Coronation Honours List 2023.

Talalelei (T) has been Hawke’s Bay’s Pacific Health Manager since 2011 and is currently seconded into the Interim Pacific National Commissioning Lead and the Interim Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE) National Lead

Talalelei has instigated and led many Pacific Health and Wellbeing initiatives, community outreach projects and fundraisers, including a Measles Fundraiser for Samoa in 2019.

He led the development of a Pacific Workforce Strategy, the Māori and Pacific Hauora programme, and supported Pacific youth opportunities. He has also provided health and wellbeing leadership for Pacific workers in the Regional Seasonal Employment Scheme.

Talalelei was integral to the national rollout and support of the COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Hawke’s Bay which saw the region lead the vaccination rates based on population percentage.

He is co-founder and director of USO Bike Ride, an initiative established to promote health and wellbeing for Māori and Pacific whānau through cycling. USO Bike Ride has worked with several organisations including the Cancer Society, Waka Kotahi and schools to promote cycle education nationally and internationally.

Congratulations Talalelei.

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