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 Clinical Officer of Midwifery.

Heather is immensely proud and humbled to have been chosen to take up this inaugural national midwifery role. Her unwavering focus is whānau and achieving equitable birthing outcomes, and she is passionate about growing and supporting the Māori midwifery workforce.

Heather was a member of the working group to review the Scope of Practice and Standards of Competency for the Midwifery Council.

She is currently a member of the National Expert Advisory Group for SUDI Prevention and the Clinical Reference Group for the Child Protection Network.


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He Rangatira Our Leaders

Hineroa Hakiaha

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu

Hineroa’s professional contributions and leadership in the fields of mental health nursing, health education and Māori health leadership are exemplary.

Juanita Te Kani

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga

Juanita is a strong believer in working in partnership to influence change and encourages a collective approach to achieving equity in hauora outcomes for Māori. As the Deputy Chief Executive – Systems, Strategy and Policy at Te Aka Whai Ora, she is responsible for developing policy and strategy advice to improve hauora Māori outcomes.

Mara Andrews

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Whakatohea

Mara has many years of experience associated with indigenous development across a variety of sectors.

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