Leoma Tawaroa

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Whanganui, Ngāti Apa

Leoma Tawaroa is dedicated to working towards equity for Māori in her health and social care roles that focus on community and youth development work, whānau ora action, project coordination, and management.

Currently, she holds the role of Pou Ārahi Executive Director at Tūmua Innovation, a multidisciplinary Māori team dedicated to supporting community development programmes. This mahi has allowed her to work closely with her whānau and community partners and achieve her long-standing goal of becoming an independent practitioner.

She is also the General Manager Equity, Prevention Directorate, National Public Health Service at Te Whatu Ora Health. In this national role, she leads a programme of work that promotes a culture of innovation and quality improvement, ensuring that the programme supports hauora Māori aspiration for change. Leoma promotes, leads, and demands prioritisation of initiatives that achieve equity for Māori in all aspects of her work. “We must continue to push for different options focussed on whānau and not process, that remove barriers and enable opportunity for Māori leadership and whānau voice in the solutions for immunisation and screening.”  

Leoma believes in whānau as a catalyst for change. Leoma and Daniel, alongside their two daughters, are the founders of Maranga Mai, a platform for change, leadership, and collaboration encouraging active participation and involvement. Maranga Mai is a rangatahi-focussed, whānau-centred opportunity for rangatahi, whānau, and community to engage and participate in cultural, creative, and physical activities that promote connection, a sense of belonging and place, resilience, and wellbeing.


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Alana Ruakere

Taranaki, Te Atiawa

Alana Ruakere is passionate about creating positive change for Māori hauora, including improving access and equity in health services and empowering whānau to take charge of their own health journey.

Kingi Kiriona

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa

Kingi Kiriona is an orator, a kapa haka exponent, composer, educator, and broadcaster. His observation of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori as a tool for improving the health and well-being of iwi and Māori communities has driven Kingi to realise opportunities for Māori language and culture to be shared, embedded, and recognised through the health system.

Tia Haira

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiteaorere

Tia Haira is a biomedical scientist specialising in chemical genetics, immunology, and biobanks within mātauranga Māori and western science systems.

Sarah Kinred

Ngāti Whātua, Waikato, Ngāti Koata, Te Atiawa, Manx

Sarah Kinred is a trained teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching and creating programs for students. Sarah also has over ten years of experience working as a Mātauranga Māori specialist within mental health and addictions, and she is committed to ensuring that tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake is paramount for Māori, especially when engaging in the health system.