Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Waikato

(MBChB, MPH, PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland

Co-founder of Tend Health

Board member of Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority, Pūtahi Manawa Centre of Research Excellence, and Aktive Sport and Recreation

Previously Deputy Chair of Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency NZ, Board member of Te Ora, and the Northland District Health Board

"Titiro ki nga taumata o te moana, kei reira te oranga mo koutou" Te Ruki Kawiti

Mataroria credits Te Reo and tikanga Māori as his tūāpapa - the foundation of his identity and successes. Te Reo Māori was passed down to him and his siblings from their elders. "Te Reo is the mauri of Māori," he asserts, echoing the words of Ngati Hine chief, Tā Hemi Henare.

Throughout his medical studies, Mataroria actively participated in the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) programme, an initiative designed to support Māori and Pacific students in their academic aspirations. He was also a kaitautoko supporter of the Kia Ora Hauora Māori Health programme, aimed at guiding Māori students towards careers in the health workforce.

Having completed a PhD exploring the motivations of students behind pursuing medicine, Mataroria found that Māori students are driven by a desire to serve their communities, a sentiment shared by Pasifika, he says. He is committed to increasing opportunities to grow the Māori health workforce. “Kotahi tangāta he rau ngā tāngta’ – from one person comes many” he says citing Waiaporo Jone’s whakatauki.

An alumnus of Harvard University, Mataroria completed his Master of Public Health as a Fulbright Scholar and a Frank Knox Fellow, benefiting from a full scholarship. Reflecting on his journey, he remarks, “Going to Harvard wasn't about fulfilling a personal dream; it was about acquiring the knowledge and filling my kete to help people and serve others.”

Upon his return from Harvard, Mataroria joined the Māori health team at Counties Manukau DHB and assumed an academic position at the University of Auckland. Here, he embarked on his interests in Māori health and digital technology. He saw the opportunity to leverage social media platforms for health promotion and utilise technology to enhance healthcare access for whanau. As part of this kaupapa, Mataroria is a co-founder and Director of Health Equity at Tend, a primary care provider of online or in-person GP services. He says it is important to provide choice to patients to be seen both virtually and in person, and providing a digital channel can be a means to increase access for Māori he says.

In addition to his academic and healthcare roles, Mataroria co-hosts the prime-time medical TV series "The Check Up" on TVNZ, now in its third season. One episode, focusing on HIV prevention and PrEP medicines, holds special significance for him. He says, “As an openly gay man, it was an important story to help reduce the stigma and impact of HIV for the LGBTQIA+ community.”

As a Board member of Te Aka Whai Ora, he honours the many pioneers and leaders of Hauora Māori over the decades who fought to establish a Māori Health Authority. Ultimately, to realise the well-being aspirations for our whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Links:

Te Aka Whai Ora – Our Board

Dr Mataroria Lyndon: Our shameful health statistics show colonisation has failed Māori

Doctor director tends towards equity

University of Auckland Alumni: Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Tend- Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Dr Mataroria Lyndon: HIV elimination is possible - here's how

Dr Mataroria Lyndon: Medical school 'like All Black selection' - focus is on what is best for the team

Covid 19 Omicron: Dr Mataroria Lyndon - vital to vaccinate our tamaraki now

Fears healthcare could become more exclusive amid pressures on primary care

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Heather Muriwai

Tangahoe, Ngāti Ruanui

Heather has worked as a midwife over the last twenty-five years and is currently working at Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority, as the Chief Clin

Dr Michelle Levy

Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta

Michelle has continued to advocate for Māori in psychology throughout her career and is currently the claimant for the Waitangi Tribunal Wai2725 Psychology in Aotearoa claim, which challenges the failure of the crown and its agencies to ensure Māori access to and participation in psychology. 

Phyllis Tangitu

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua

It is my pleasure to write in support of one of the most thoughtful, kind leaders that I met in my working life.

Donna Blair

Ngāi Tahu

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu