Our organisation’s name is changing

The Asia Pacific Healthcare Group is proud to announce on 20 April 2023, our organisation will change its name to Awanui.

Awanui means big river, and represents the journey of bringing our network together to form a national organisation. Like our nation’s rivers, our network of services, laboratories, collection centres and people, intersect and join.

When we join together, we are Awanui.

From June, this change will also begin to take place for the eight laboratory brands in our network across the motu (country), including brands Southern Community Laboratories (SCL), Medlab South, Canterbury SCL, Wellington SCL, Hawkes Bay SCL, Taranaki Pathology, Northland Pathology and Labtests.

In these regions where we provide pathology laboratory services, our communities will receive their health testing by the same great people and in the same place, but with a different name, Awanui Labs.

As part of the rebrand, our animal pathology business Gribbles Veterinary, and our food and water testing business Gribbles Scientific, will also join the Awanui brand whānau and become Awanui Veterinary and Awanui Science respectively.

Alongside the 2,000+ strong team across our network who contributed to this mahi (work), we were privileged to have partnered with Te Reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori experts in health who offered their perspectives to guide and shape the final decision of our name and design.

Our rebranding and unifying of our identity is an integral part of our planning for the future, and it supports us in demonstrating our commitment to working in partnership with Māori and our commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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