Kevin Pewhairangi is focused on sharing his knowledge of tikanga Māori within his pharmacy and medical work.
Alongside his wife, Kasey Brown, Kevin is the first Naati Māori Pharmacist to own a pharmacy in Te Tairawhiti Gisborne. His work at the pharmacy ensures community members follow through with medical care and treatment after seeing a doctor.
In his pharmacy, he hopes to create a whānau-focused environment that improves people's access to professional health care and advice. Kevin is constantly looking at pushing the boundaries of pharmacy service to evolve pharmacy service to improve health outcomes for Māori and support the struggling system.
He has previously worked as the President of Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā, the Māori Pharmacists' Association. During his time, he focused on improving health outcomes for Māori and applying cultural knowledge to the pharmacy practice. In 2020, the Association went into partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society. Kevin supported and provided knowledge of tikanga Māori to help guide the Society on their journey in addressing issues of cultural safety and inequity in health outcomes for Māori.
Kevin is very concerned with the current political environment and its implications for Maori and Pasifika health outcomes. He hopes that those who claim a whakapapa Māori let their ngakau Māori guide them for the betterment of Aotearoa.