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Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau


A Staff Photo of Henare Eruera Ngatote Noa Ritete Pirini Edwards

Henare Eruera Ngatote Noa Ritete Pirini Edwards

Henare is the Managing Director of Tuapaerangi Ltd. He is from Te Rarawa, Te Aupori and Ngapuhi iwi from the Far North. He currently holds positions as Te Whare o Ngapuhi Ki Otautahi and Te Waipounamu, Nga Tai Haruru Waka Ama and Kaiwhakamana Canterbury Prisons.

Henare provides cultural support and advice to a number of organisations through his role as Māori Advisor to Canterbury Police District Commander, New Zealand Police STU and New Zealand Police Area Commanders.

He is Kaumatua of Rehua Marae, Te Rangimarie Marae, Taurahere O Waitaha and provides Kaumatua support and advice to a number of health and education bodies including Cashmere High School, Diabetes Christchurch, St Martins Primary School.

Henare has had a close association with the NZBA for a number of years providing Kaumatua support and cultural advice to the organisation. His experience on other national and regional Māori advisory boards was invaluable and guided the initial set up of Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau.


Henare is the Managing Director of Tuapaerangi Ltd. He is from Te Rarawa, Te Aupori and Ngapuhi iwi from the Far North. He currently holds positions as Te Whare o Ngapuhi Ki Otautahi and Te Waipounamu, Nga Tai Haruru Waka Ama and Kaiwhakamana Canterbury Prisons.

Henare provides cultural support and advice to a number of organisations through his role as Māori Advisor to Canterbury Police District Commander, New Zealand Police STU and New Zealand Police Area Commanders.

He is Kaumatua of Rehua Marae, Te Rangimarie Marae, Taurahere O Waitaha and provides Kaumatua support and advice to a number of health and education bodies including Cashmere High School, Diabetes Christchurch, St Martins Primary School.

Henare has had a close association with the NZBA for a number of years providing Kaumatua support and cultural advice to the organisation. His experience on other national and regional Māori advisory boards was invaluable and guided the initial set up of Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau.


A Staff Photo of Aroha Reriti-Crofts CBE, JP

Aroha Reriti-Crofts CBE, JP

Taua Aroha was elected National President of the Māori Women's Welfare League in 1990 and was awarded a CBE for her services to Māori and the community in 1993.

Aroha remains an ardent spokeswoman for and member of Te Roopu Wähine Mäori Toko i Te Ora o Otautahi today and always makes sure that the voice of Māori is heard whenever she is present. She is a mother of four (one deceased), grandmother of nine mokopuna (one deceased) and a great grandmother. She is one of Nga Whaea o te Motu, Nga Perehitini for Hei Manaaki Te Mana Wahine Māori (MWDI) and Kaumatua for Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust. The Trust provides a number of Kaupapa Māori services to Māori whānau among many other roles.


Taua Aroha was elected National President of the Māori Women's Welfare League in 1990 and was awarded a CBE for her services to Māori and the community in 1993.

Aroha remains an ardent spokeswoman for and member of Te Roopu Wähine Mäori Toko i Te Ora o Otautahi today and always makes sure that the voice of Māori is heard whenever she is present. She is a mother of four (one deceased), grandmother of nine mokopuna (one deceased) and a great grandmother. She is one of Nga Whaea o te Motu, Nga Perehitini for Hei Manaaki Te Mana Wahine Māori (MWDI) and Kaumatua for Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust. The Trust provides a number of Kaupapa Māori services to Māori whānau among many other roles.


A Staff Photo of Wendy Dallas-Katoa

Wendy Dallas-Katoa

Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha,

Wendy has over 25 years of experience in the Health sector in a variety of roles. She has represented Māori interests in health on a number of boards and organisations including; South Island Māori Cancer Leadership Network, National Kaitiaki Group – Cervical Screening, National Breastfeeding Association, Mana Whenua ki Waitaha Charitable Trust , Pegasus Community Board and Te Kahui o Papaki Ka Tai – PHO, Primary Health Care Māori Advisory Group (Chairperson).

Prior to working at Ihi Research Wendy was an independent researcher working on local projects including; He Kokonga Whare (HKW): Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing Programme – (Health Research Council of New Zealand) and a project for the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, ‘Understanding Māori 'lived' culture to determine cultural connectedness and wellbeing.’

Wendy was the Program Leader of Health and Social Wellbeing, Toitu te iwi, for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 2008 to 2012. She worked as the Cultural Advisor/Manager of Māori health, Pegasus Health (IPA), Researcher/ Lecturer at M.I.H.I. (Maori Indigenous Health Institute) University of Otago - Christchurch. During this time she was part of the team that developed the Meihana Model, a clinical assessment framework developed using Te Whare Tapa Whā.


Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha,

Wendy has over 25 years of experience in the Health sector in a variety of roles. She has represented Māori interests in health on a number of boards and organisations including; South Island Māori Cancer Leadership Network, National Kaitiaki Group – Cervical Screening, National Breastfeeding Association, Mana Whenua ki Waitaha Charitable Trust , Pegasus Community Board and Te Kahui o Papaki Ka Tai – PHO, Primary Health Care Māori Advisory Group (Chairperson).

Prior to working at Ihi Research Wendy was an independent researcher working on local projects including; He Kokonga Whare (HKW): Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing Programme – (Health Research Council of New Zealand) and a project for the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, ‘Understanding Māori 'lived' culture to determine cultural connectedness and wellbeing.’

Wendy was the Program Leader of Health and Social Wellbeing, Toitu te iwi, for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 2008 to 2012. She worked as the Cultural Advisor/Manager of Māori health, Pegasus Health (IPA), Researcher/ Lecturer at M.I.H.I. (Maori Indigenous Health Institute) University of Otago - Christchurch. During this time she was part of the team that developed the Meihana Model, a clinical assessment framework developed using Te Whare Tapa Whā.


A Staff Photo of Zoe Tipa

Zoe Tipa

Zoe is of Kai Tahu and Ngati Kahungunu iwi.

She is a registered nurse with a background in aged care and whanau ora nursing. Zoe worked for Plunket for 8 years in various leadership roles. She is currently a principal academic staff member at Te Kura Mō Ngā Mahi Tiaki I Te Hapori, Centre for Health and Social Practice, Wintec.

Zoe has completed a master's thesis on the value of family partnership training as a culturally responsive model working with Māori.

She has a strong interest in developing engaging and culturally responsive communication techniques, which is the focus of her PhD research.


Zoe is of Kai Tahu and Ngati Kahungunu iwi.

She is a registered nurse with a background in aged care and whanau ora nursing. Zoe worked for Plunket for 8 years in various leadership roles. She is currently a principal academic staff member at Te Kura Mō Ngā Mahi Tiaki I Te Hapori, Centre for Health and Social Practice, Wintec.

Zoe has completed a master's thesis on the value of family partnership training as a culturally responsive model working with Māori.

She has a strong interest in developing engaging and culturally responsive communication techniques, which is the focus of her PhD research.


A Staff Photo of Beverly Te Huia

Beverly Te Huia

Beverly is of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu descent.

She is the clinical manager for Kahungunu Health and Community Services. Beverly is currently implementing "Te Kotahitanga" health model for the Ministry of Health and Regional District Council. She is also the clinical manager for Kahungunu Health Services and the integration coordinator of the Primary Health Care facility in Hawkes Bay.

Beverly has worked as an independent midwife, antenatal educator, maternal and child manager, in smoking cessation, in developing sexual health education for Kahungunu within a kaupapa Māori framework and as regional community breastfeeding coordinator.

She is a trustee for Kahungunu Health Services and its Māori clinical group and chairperson for Nga Maia.


Beverly is of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tahu descent.

She is the clinical manager for Kahungunu Health and Community Services. Beverly is currently implementing "Te Kotahitanga" health model for the Ministry of Health and Regional District Council. She is also the clinical manager for Kahungunu Health Services and the integration coordinator of the Primary Health Care facility in Hawkes Bay.

Beverly has worked as an independent midwife, antenatal educator, maternal and child manager, in smoking cessation, in developing sexual health education for Kahungunu within a kaupapa Māori framework and as regional community breastfeeding coordinator.

She is a trustee for Kahungunu Health Services and its Māori clinical group and chairperson for Nga Maia.


A Staff Photo of Amy Wray

Amy Wray

I'm a busy mum of five young children, which has given me my best qualification in life! My mother was my greatest inspiration as she too was a midwife and lactation consultant.

In 2007, I graduated in midwifery and worked as a core midwife, then in 2009 I became a qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC). During this time I was also the BFHI coordinator for Tairawhiti District Health Board, trained as a New Zealand Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Administrator and ran a breastfeeding drop in centre. Throughout this time I have also been involved with teaching antenatal classes and breastfeeding education workshops for a range of health providers. I helped develop and launch our local breastfeeding support programme called Kia Mama in 2010. I am currently living and working full time in Rotorua as a community lactation consultant and work closely with our Māori providers.

Throughout this time, I have gained experience in each new role. I have continued to identify a need for more breastfeeding resources that are "user friendly" for health providers and "appealing" for the mother and whanau. In 2009, I started developing the TALK CARDS. As a young mother myself, while compiling the TALK CARDS, I have tried to consider what would be appropriate and useful for other mums who are going through the same journey. Since their development, I have had the opportunity to distribute them on behalf o the Ministry of Health, have travelled to almost every DHB in New Zealand presenting workshops around engaging with Māori more effectively. It has been a privilege to work at a grass roots level with Māori whanau and have gained so much insight during this time.

I really enjoy working with new mothers and I often feel a responsibility to share the knowledge I have with other mothers, as breastfeeding has life-long effects that can affect a mother-baby relationship for life. That's why I love doing what I do!


I'm a busy mum of five young children, which has given me my best qualification in life! My mother was my greatest inspiration as she too was a midwife and lactation consultant.

In 2007, I graduated in midwifery and worked as a core midwife, then in 2009 I became a qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC). During this time I was also the BFHI coordinator for Tairawhiti District Health Board, trained as a New Zealand Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor Administrator and ran a breastfeeding drop in centre. Throughout this time I have also been involved with teaching antenatal classes and breastfeeding education workshops for a range of health providers. I helped develop and launch our local breastfeeding support programme called Kia Mama in 2010. I am currently living and working full time in Rotorua as a community lactation consultant and work closely with our Māori providers.

Throughout this time, I have gained experience in each new role. I have continued to identify a need for more breastfeeding resources that are "user friendly" for health providers and "appealing" for the mother and whanau. In 2009, I started developing the TALK CARDS. As a young mother myself, while compiling the TALK CARDS, I have tried to consider what would be appropriate and useful for other mums who are going through the same journey. Since their development, I have had the opportunity to distribute them on behalf o the Ministry of Health, have travelled to almost every DHB in New Zealand presenting workshops around engaging with Māori more effectively. It has been a privilege to work at a grass roots level with Māori whanau and have gained so much insight during this time.

I really enjoy working with new mothers and I often feel a responsibility to share the knowledge I have with other mothers, as breastfeeding has life-long effects that can affect a mother-baby relationship for life. That's why I love doing what I do!