Gloria Sheridan

Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Whakatohea, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ronogwhaata

Gloria Sheridan, first and foremost, is a Māori wāhine, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and mokopuna with strong connections to Te Tairāwhiti. She is passionate about advocating equity and choice for Māori to counter the ideologies of the current Western medical system.

Currently, she works as part of the support team for Te Kete Pounamu regional representatives, where she works across ten regions throughout Aotearoa to encourage, grow and strengthen the Māori living experience community to ensure the voices of whānau are included in decisions and discussions relating to national health and social policy.

Within this work, she is also involved in the Nōku te Āo National Prejudice and Discrimination project, which seeks to address and reduce institutionalised racism, stigma, and unconscious biases to ensure quality of care and equity for Māori. She also supports whānau with lived experiences of discrimination to ensure their needs are represented in the change process.

As a Mataora, Gloria has trained in the Mahi a Atua wānanga, focusing on traditional methodology and sharing ancestral narratives to connect people to indigenous knowledge and healing through indigenising the mind and space.

Besides witnessing and supporting many Māori individuals through experiences of prejudice and discrimination, Gloria has had her own lived experience and role models on how Te Ao Māori practices can provide healing and restoration.


Te Kete Pounamu

Whāraurau – Gloria Sheridan  

Waka Hourua Community Initiative: Te Kupenga Net Trust

He Rangatira Our Leaders

John Tamihere

Ngāti Porou, Whakatohea, Tainui, Irish, Scottish

JT’s vision, leadership and genuine crossover appeal with Pākehā, has become a loss to politics but a major victory for urban Māori.

Dr Catherine Mārie Amohia Love

Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Nga Ruahinerangi

Catherine Love was born and raised on her papakainga (communal Māori land) in Korokoro, Pito-one (Petone) with her parents, grandparents and whānau whānui (wider family).

Joanne Baxter

Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō

In 2022, Joanne was appointed the first wāhine Māori Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine. Working for over 20 years in the Dunedin School of Medicine, Joanne has shown that she is committed to making a real difference in education and health for individuals, whānau and communities through teaching, research, and service.

Gilbert Taurua

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kāwa, Ati Haunui A Pāpārangi, Ngāti Pāmoana

Gilbert Taurua is deeply passionate about using a Māori perspective in law reform concerning health, justice, inequality, and prisons. Gilbert has extensive experience in Treaty of Waitangi principles, Whānau Ora, their application to health pathways, Te Reo Māori, Tikanga, and government processes.