We are delighted to welcome our Aotearoa based colleagues as speakers for the Whetū i te Rangi Symposium. We’re very grateful for their generosity of time, wisdom and knowledge.

Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Hinerangi)
Clinical Director & Leader, Service Design & Development, National Hauora Coalition | Co-Founder, Mauri Ora Associates Ltd

MBChB, MRNZCGP, BHB, BA (Māori), Dip Tchg. Rawiri was formerly a resource teacher of Māori studies and language in the Hawkes Bay before he completed his training as a medical practitioner at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. Rawiri’s main focus is running clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori programmes for Māori health professionals throughout the country. He is also Chairman of Te Ataarangi Educational Trust.

Rawiri has also published a phrase book of Māori medical terms which was released in February 2006 as a resource for the Māori health sector. He is currently a General Practitioner in Central Auckland, and Lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Rawiri is also Chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association of Aotearoa and a member of Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Rawiri is currently the Medical Director of the Hauora Māori Coalition and also works as a General Practitioner in Auckland.

Dr Kathie Irwin ( Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu)
Kaihautū – Te Ara Ahunga Ora, Commission for Financial Capability and CEO – Kathie Irwin and Associates

Kathie is a third generation Māori, woman, educator. Public service and social justice are deeply embedded in her bloodlines. Kathie’s passion inspires her to contribute to nation building in innovative and creative ways that are framed by our Ngati Porou tipuna Sir Apirana Ngata’s whakatauaki (proverb) “E tipu, e rea”. This proverb speaks to the possibilities of bicultural and bilingual models of change that create authentic social inclusion.

Having trained as a teacher her early career took her into tertiary education. As a Māori academic she specialised in Māori education, research and development over a twenty tear period. Her second career has been in senior management and governance. She has over twenty years of experience working in such roles across the public sector, NGO, iwi, tertiary education and research sectors. In those roles she has championned the Treaty, diversity and inclusion, and led Māori Strategies enabling organisations to create real change, measured in concrete outputs and transformed outcomes.

Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki Makaurau, Ngāti Porou)
Research Fellow and founding member of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, University of Auckland

Tess is a Research Fellow and founding member of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group at the University of Auckland.  The Te Ārai research group focuses on older peoples’ needs at end-of-life.  Her post-doctoral research investigated Māori end of life experiences and cultural needs. She recently led the Pae Herenga study to investigate traditional Māori end of life care giving practices.

Currently she is leading two COVID-19 projects and an end-stage care study with and for Māori.  Tess is a member of the Māori Expert Advisory Group for Advance Care Planning and she contributed to the development of Mauri Mate: A Māori Palliative Care Framework for hospices. Tess was on the Governance Group that developed the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme for New Zealand Hospices.  In 2017 she was selected as one of New Zealand’s 100 Māori Health Leaders acknowledging her end-of-life research activities with, and for, indigenous New Zealanders.

Ngapera Riley (Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Tūhourangi, Uenuku-Kōpako, Ngāti Whakaue)
Chief Executive, Figure NZ

Ngapera believes everybody should have access to good information, and that knowing how to find and use data is vital to solving our country’s biggest problems. She cares about everyone being able to take part in that, so we can collectively work towards a better future for Aotearoa.

Ngapera works closely with Māori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the InZone Education Foundation, Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust, which connects indigenous business efforts from around the world.

Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Health, University of Auckland, and Manukau Institute of Technology.

Donna Kerridge (Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Mahuta)
Rongoā Māori practitioner

Donna Kerridge is a respected traditional Māori medicine practitioner who serves as the contracted negotiator for the national collective of Rongoā Māori practitioners, Te Kāhui Rongoā.

Donna was also one of the appointed technical expert advisors for the Ministry of Health’s Natural Health Products Advisory Committee and the 2014 Standards New Zealand Committee for the development of the national rongoā Māori standards. She has served two terms on the Board of the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and was also the developer of their NZQA approved Graduate Diploma in Māori Medicine for health professionals.  She is a guest lecturer at a number of tertiary organisations around the country including Otago University School of Pharmacy.

Donna is committed to advancing mutual respect between traditional Māori practitioners and contemporary medical practitioners and our respective cultural competencies.

Matewawe Pouwhare (Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki, Ngāi Tūhoe ki Waiohau)
Kaitiaki Bi-Cultural Practitioner, Te Mauri Consultancy Ltd

A descendant of the waka Mātaatua of the Bay of Plenty region.  Born and raised in her tribal region of Ngāti Awa ki Rangitaiki and Ngāi Tūhoe ki Waiohau.  Raised on the principle of Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe, Matewawe has been involved both personally and professionally in Kaupapa Māori and Matauranga Māori initiatives in various contexts.  This ranges from counselling, psychotherapy, social services, education, and Rongoā Māori.

Matewawe has an extensive background and history in bi-cultural education and training and continues to successfully integrate her western psychological training and traditional healing practice to inform her bi-cultural kaitiakitanga practice.

Linda Hauraki (Ngāti Porou)
Palliative ARC Liaison Nurse, Hospice Tairawhiti

Linda is a palliative ARC Liaison Nurse for Hospice Tairāwhiti. Her role involves supporting Rural Health providers in the delivery of effective best practice palliative care services. Linda has a strong passion for quality palliative care for Māori living on the East Coast.

She works alongside the nursing and leadership teams of Ngāti Porou Hauora who provide the everyday hands on care for Māori patients. She provide monthly visits to patients, whānau and health providers on the East Coast. Although this work can be challenging and covers a large geographical area, there is reward and enjoyment engaging patients and whānau, who are at the centre of Ngāti Porou Hauora’s practice. Feedback from whānau tells Linda their service makes a difference, they feel cared for and barriers to holistic care are being removed.

Norma Hickland (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Kahungūnu)
Community Manager – North Wellington Team, Mary Potter Hospice

Norma is the Community Manager for Mary Potter Hospice in Porirua and is of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Ngāti Kahungunu decent. Norma was born in Porirua has cared in underserved communities.  She utilises lived experience coupled with community nursing skills to lead her team and influence service to the local community.


Tina McCafferty (Manuhiri of Scots Irish descent)
Chief Executive, Totara Hospice

Of Scottish and Irish descent, Tina has lived and worked in Aotearoa since 1998. Her executive career has been dedicated to values based organisations that seek to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. She is an experienced CEO and Director, who has held senior roles in health care, Whānau Ora and justice environments.

Tina is personally and professionally interested in the creation of strategies that drive equity within systems and society and in the relationship between organisational culture and performance. Her strengths are in her applied depth of business acumen, strategy, communication, policy, the development of effective business partnerships and organisational transformation.

Ria Earp (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao)
Advisor – Māori Services, Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa, Hospice New Zealand

Ria completed her extensive experience in the public service and the health sector as the Chief Executive of Mary Potter Hospice in 2017.

Operating her own consultancy in health, management and Māori service advice, Ria was contracted to provide advice to Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa (Hospice New Zealand) in 2018. As the Advisor – Māori Services, Ria is a member of the Board (as the chair of Te Rōpū Taki Māori – the Māori advisory committee) and one of focus areas for Te Rōpū Taki Māori is to plan and run, in collaboration with the regional host hospice, the (almost) annual hui for the kaimahi Māori of hospices around the country.

Vanessa Eldridge (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungūnu)
Manager Health Equity, Mary Potter Hospice

Vanessa is Manager Health Equity at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. Vanessa has a background in nursing and has led and developed several programmes relating to loss and grief for Māori and leads the Hospice’s compassionate communities work.

Vanessa has contributed to national research, publications and professional development material including the Foundations of Spirituality Programme with Hospice NZ and more recently Mauri Mate: A Māori Palliative Care Framework for Hospices. Vanessa is on the National Steering Group for Advance Care Planning with the Health Safety Quality Commission and chairs Te Pou Tautoko the Hospice’s Māori advisory group. She is a qualified bi-cultural supervisor. She has two sons and lives in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Mary Potter Hospice is grateful for the support of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to host this symposium and to offer symposium scholarships.

Please note we are following the Ministry of Health’s COVID guidelines in relation to this event. At this stage we are proceeding with our plans for the symposium. We are developing contingency plans should it not be viable to meet in person. We will send out more information once our plans are confirmed. If you register for the symposium and the event is cancelled due to COVID restrictions, a full refund will be provided.