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.


Te Maungā Tapuhi

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy Prevention in New Zealand: The Case for Hauora – a wellbeing approach

Huarewa: Heather Muriwai empowers expectant mums to reclaim childbirth practices

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Coral Wiapo

Ngāti Whātua

Coral Wiapo is dedicated to making significant contributions to improve Māori healthcare. She is passionate about developing the necessary skills, knowledge, and expertise to support the development of the nursing workforce to be able to respond to the needs of Māori. Coral recognises the intersectionality of being wahine Māori, a nurse and a lesbian and strives to give visibility to the strengths that are inherent within this.

Kirimatao Paipa

Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tukorehe

Kirimatao Paipa has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills from her decades of work as a family violence practitioner, Kaupapa Māori researcher, and evaluator.

Dr Chellie Spiller

Ngāti Kahungunu

Chellie is a passionate and committed advocate for Māori business development.

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