Pania Coote

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa

JP, MSW, Dipswk, MANZASW, Registered Social Worker

Pania Coote is a highly skilled and visionary leader in the health and community sectors, renowned for her strategy expertise and for addressing health inequities. With a Masters in Social Work and a career spanning over two decades in leading kaupapa Māori services and initiatives, Pania is a dedicated leader committed to social justice and creating a fair society.

Pania is passionate about driving positive change and continues to address the complex issues affecting the well-being of individuals and communities. She has extensive experience improving Māori health outcomes, policy development, and research. Pania was previously the Head of Policy and Research for the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry; she led a team across the interim reports and oversaw the background analysis to support existing investigations and development of policies related to cases of abuse in New Zealand.

Pania is also the Director of AwhiMai Consultancy, a New Zealand-based business that offers consultancy services in the areas of Māori health, strategy, policy, and research. A key component of their work is undertaking reviews and providing value-added insights and implementable solutions.  AwhiMai Consultancy brings together a wide range of experts and leaders within specialised areas.

Additionally, she is one of the founding leaders and currently co-chair of Community Research. Pania plays a pivotal role in facilitating the sharing of research, knowledge, and resources. This platform stores research made by communities, and for communities, it also allows for collaboration between researchers, iwi (tribes), and community organisations.

Pania's upbringing in Bluff, a small coastal town in the Southland region of New Zealand, played a significant role in shaping her identity and passion for her Māori heritage.  Through her dual roles as a trustee of Te Rūnanga o Awarua and the mana whenua representative on the Invercargill City Council, Pania actively participates in decision-making processes that work towards improving the well-being and advancement of her people and communities.


Community Research – Our people

New Maori Health Head Plans to Develop Service

Kia Ora Dunedin Hospital 

Southern District Health Board - Southland Constituency

Positive start to mana whenua roles

Thesis: Going home?: the fate of children who leave care

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Patrick Salmon

Ngāti Awa, Ngai Tūhoe, Te Arawa, Ngati Tukorehe, Rongowhakaata, Tūwharetoa

Patrick Salmon is an advocate and public voice for ways to share and uphold the well-being of Māori in modern-day society. He uses his creative skills and innovative thinking to develop solutions that support the oranga aspirations of a person's life journey.

Megan Tahere

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi

I first came to know Megan as her external peer supervisor when she enrolled to do a Master’s Degree.

Professor Papaarangi Reid

Te Rarawa, Te Rarawa

I believe Papaarangi would describe herself as a Te Rarawa public health physician, known for her work demanding Crown accountability for Māori Health Inequities.

Jeremy Murray

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He is passionate about using traditional Māori forms of exercise and healing in his mentoring and training roles.