Māia Lockyer

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Porou, Rongomaiwahine

Māia Lockyer is currently a 3rd-year medical student at Ōtākou Whakaihu Waka, the University of Otago.

Alongside her studies, Māia also works as Tumuaki CEO for Te Oranga ki Ōtākou (TOKŌ), the student-operated association for Māori Medical Students within Otago Medical School. The association operates in collaboration with Te Oranga, the national Māori Medical Students' Association, which offers support and advocacy for Māori students throughout their time in Medical School.

The association also provides platforms and opportunities for the discovery and further development of identity and belonging within both the Medical world and Te Ao Māori. 

In her role as Tumuaki at TOKŌ, Māia ensures that things run smoothly behind the scenes, advocates on behalf of TOKŌ members, and ensures that they work with the Medical School to provide the safest possible environment for students learning and fostering their future.

She also serves as Ōtepoti teina on Te Oranga, the national executive committee for Māori medical students across Aotearoa.


He Rangatira Our Leaders

Casey Mansson

Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi

Raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, during high school, she became aware of the social categorisation between Māori and non-Māori in Aotearoa and the health disparities among different ethnic groups.

Maia Mariner

Ngāi Tai, Sāmoan, Chinese

Maia Mariner founded Lazy Sneakers, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and redistributes reusable sneakers for free. Maia is just 18. She came up with this idea at 12 and has enabled tamariki to participate in sports and other activities across Pōneke and around the country with a simple pair of shoes. She became one of the country's youngest entrepreneurs.

Harley Rogers

Ngāti Raukawa ki Waikato, Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara ki Te Arawa

Harley Rogers is a senior health professional who has worked in community, primary, and secondary health.

Joanna Hikaka


Dr Joanna Hikaka is a clinical pharmacist and health researcher focusing on equitable access to health services for Māori and developing anti-racist health services.