He Kāhui Whetu Shining Stars

Leaders here are recognised for their exceptional lifelong service to Māori health and wellbeing. Tēnei te mihi ki a koutou!

Sir Mason Durie


Mason Durie has spent most of his life as a leader. He grew up with his two brothers in Feilding and all three went to Te Aute College in Hawkes Bay, where Mason became Head Prefect in 1956 and 1957.

Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM JP

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi

Her inspiration is for the aspiration of oranga tonu both physically and spiritually.

Hon Dame Tariana Turia


Few people can deal with pressing problems in the present and, simultaneously build platforms relevant to the future. Tariana Turia has shown how both are possible. Well before entering Parliament, she fostered community cohesion and responsiveness to adversity and disadvantage. She did so in a manner that led to strong, sustainable leadership within her whānau, hapū and iwi and helped generate greater awareness for health and the positive roles communities might play.

Emeritus Professor John Broughton

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu-Ki-Heretaunga

Emeritus Professor John Broughton has dedicated over 30 years to Māori oral health, injury prevention, and Kaupapa Māori research methods. In recognition of his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2016.

Sir Mark Solomon

Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kurī

Sir Mark Wiremu Solomon is widely known for his commitment and contribution to his iwi and the broader well-being of all New Zealanders and the environment. In addition, he is recognised for the attention he has brought to addressing family violence.

Moe Caroline Milne

Ngāti Hine

She is an inspirational leader of Māori development locally, regionally and nationally. She is renowned for her contribution to individuals, families, and communities. An educator, leader of innovation and best practice, a key advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner, mediator, keynote speaker, author and songwriter.