Leadership in Disability Services – The Gisborne Herald
Posted on December 31, 2021 at 12:28 p.m.
George Haig Reedy, raised in Tikitiki, was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his service to people with disabilities and to the community.
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou General Manager George Reedy, also known as George Haig, was raised in Tikitiki by Whangai parents Te Moana (Gam) Rangi and Apikara (Pickles) Dewes.
He is the son of Tamati and Tilly (Te Koingo) Reedy.
He has been a member of the board of directors of the Peke Waihanga Artificial Limbs Service since 2011, and has been its chairman since 2013.
Under his leadership, the service saw a 200% increase in services and technology provision for amputees and those at risk of amputation.
The adoption of new technology device programs has also reduced self-reported falls and pain.
He was also the Managing Director of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, a health and social service in Hawke’s Bay, where he identified a need for affordable housing and worked with various organizations to deliver 100 high quality homes.
Mr. Reedy was a board member and chairman of Te Huarahi Tika Trust from 2012-2020, supporting the development of dozens of Maori tech start-up groups in the North Island.
“I am very happy on behalf of everyone | who have contributed to this work and to this award, ”he said.
HONORED FOR HIS SERVICES: George Reedy has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Photo by Paul Rickard