Rest home caregiver Kristine Bartlett (pictured) made the Queen’s Birthday Honours List receiving a Companion of the Order of Merit (CNZM).

It is her second major accolade this year, after taking out the 2018 New Zealander of the Year title.

Bartlett was instrumental in working with union E tu to bring an equal pay case against her employer. After proceeding through the courts, the case eventually resulted in last year’s Care and Support Worker Pay Equity Settlement. As a result, caregivers around New Zealand have received a significant boost to their pay.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among those to congratulate Bartlett describing her as “a shining example” of the calibre of this year’s recipients.

“Kristine paved the way for equal pay, working tirelessly in her unassuming way to make life better for women in the aged-care and support sector.”

Former chief executive officer of Access, Graeme Titcombe was also acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Titcombe was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to the home support sector and the community.

The Home and Community Health Association (HCHA) is very pleased that Titcombe’s sector leadership and community contribution have been recognised.

HCHA chief executive Julie Haggie says as a business sector leader, Titcombe consistently raised his own vision and that of others above a single provider view, to consider the impacts of policy and regulation on the range of people (consumers, family carers, workforce, business, funders).

“He provided leadership and strategic support to the home support sector for many years, six as leader of the sector peak body. Graeme saw how important the service is to people who want to live independently in their homes, and that improvements were necessary to quality, infrastructure and funding mechanisms in order to manage increasing demand.”


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