Ranei Wineera-Parai

Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāpuhi

With over 20 years of experience, Ranei Wineera-Parai has helped increase the quality and accessibility of healthcare across New Zealand. Her mahi has focused on supporting policies and clinical practices that will better meet the needs of Māori.

From setting up one of the first PHOs to now chair of a PHO, Ranei currently works as the Executive Cultural Advisor at New Zealand Health Group. Her mahi upholds the Group’s approaches to be an active and engaged Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner. Her leadership ensures that employees continue learning new cultural skills to improve their practice.

In her mahi, she also continues to evaluate the healthcare system and find areas to improve equity within the health system in Aotearoa. She does this by collaborating with iwi and Māori leadership to understand their needs for community support, disability, rehabilitation, mental health, staffing, and training services delivered to Māori. This system also ensures Māori have rangatiratanga over their healthcare.

Outside of her role at New Zealand Health Group, she is also part of several governance groups, including Ora Toa PHO, Partners Porirua, Mana College Board of Trustees (BOT),  Youth2Work, NZ Community Foundation and the Māori Women’s Welfare League Ngati Toa branch.  She is also the Patron of the Porirua Multicultural Council.


New Zealand Health Group committed to greater equity in Māori representation and outcomes

Ranei Wineera-Parai | NZ Health Group Executive Cultural Advisor

Tiaki by name, tiaki by nature

Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship Recipients Announced

New Zealand Health Group committed to greater equity in Māori representation and outcomes

He Rangatira Our Leaders

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.

Jacqui Harema

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hamoa

Jacqui grew up in West Auckland and has accumulated over 20 years of experience in indigenous service, strategy and innovation, family-centred design, and implementing and integrating outcome frameworks.

Juanita Te Kani

Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga

Juanita is a strong believer in working in partnership to influence change and encourages a collective approach to achieving equity in hauora outcomes for Māori. As the Deputy Chief Executive – Systems, Strategy and Policy at Te Aka Whai Ora, she is responsible for developing policy and strategy advice to improve hauora Māori outcomes.

Chris Ranui-Molloy

Ngāti Manawa

Having personally experienced severe addiction and depression, anxiety, homelessness, incarceration, and Chris is now dedicated to supporting others struggling with drug and alcohol dependency an addictions practitioner and creative therapy consultant.