Dr. Lance O’Sullivan (born 1973) is a New Zealand Maori doctor (Te Rarawa, Ngati Hau, Ngati Maru) practising in Kaitaia, Northland. He was declared New Zealander of the Year 2015 for bringing health programmes to the rurla disadvantaged. A passionate advocate for Maori health and treating patients regardless of whether or not they could afford treatment. He is also committed to supporting and encouraging Maori Youth Leaders to consider paths that will allow them to realize their full potential.
His drive for accessible healthcare extends beyond his patient-centric clinic Te Kohanga Whakaora, in Kaitaia offering flexible hours and payment methods. Responsible for establishing MOKO (Manawa Ora, Korokoro Ora, “Healthy Heart, Healthy Throat”), V-MOKO, a school based and online service focused on preventing rheumatic fever among primary and intermediate students in and around Kaitaia. Lance also set up Kainga Ora (“Well Home”), a home improvement project tackling one family home at a time, a proactive measure against ailments resulting from poor living conditions.
In recognition for his achievements Lance has received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and Public Health Association Public Health Champion Award in 2013 and named TVNZ Maori of the Year 2012.
Dr Lance O’Sullivan a GP, creator of revolutionary health programs, pioneer for equal health care in his community. Charismatic and hardworking, making great contributions to healthcare in the Far North. Forging a path for our future leaders taking every opportunity to great heights.