As Patron of Whānau Āwhina Plunket, Dame Cindy joined members of their organisation to farewell outgoing Chief Executive, Amanda Malu, who held the role for six years. Among Amanda's achievements during her time with the infant/tamariki health service was her work leading Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s transformation to become a more pro-equity organisation. She was also involved in reclaiming the story of two wāhine toa, Mere Harper and Ria Tikini (Kāi Tahu and Kāti Huirapa), who were instrumental in the foundation of Whānau Āwhina Plunket over 100 years ago.
In her speech, Dame Cindy also acknowledged organisation's namesake, Lady Victoria Plunket, and the role she played in the early days of Plunket's beginnings. You can read the speech here.