Te Upoko o te Ika Māori Council
A future vision for our DHBs centred around improved equity and health outcomes for Māori will be advanced following the formation of a new partnership board.
Te Upoko o te Ika Māori Council's goal is to accelerate hauora Māori gains by ensuring hauora Māori is at the forefront of planning, funding and service delivery activities within our health boards and wider community.
The council is made up of two representatives from each of the following: Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa; Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (PNBST); Ngāti Toa Rangatira; Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai; Taurahere Iwi; Wellington Tenths Trust – Te Atiawa/Taranaki; and Palmerston North Māori Reserve – Te Atiawa.
Chairman Jack Rikihana and other members signed an Agreement and Terms of Reference at a Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB board meeting on 4 August.
Mr Rikihana said the next year holds strong potential locally at our DHBs and across Aotearoa to bring about much-needed change to the way we support healthy whānau.
"Our council is looking forward to working with the Māori Health Authority to drive rangatiratanga for Māori in our health system and ensuring Māori are deeply involved in its design."
2DHB Director Māori Health Arawhetu Gray said establishing the new Council will help provide a firm foundation to build a more equitable future.
Meeting Dates 2021
Cherie Seamark, Cheryl Goodyer, Jack Rikihana, Kuini Puketapu, Liz Mellish, Mark Te One, Paula King, Peter Jackson, Taku Parai
Secretariat: Doris Tuifao
|9.00am - 10.00am ||10 March 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.00am - 10.00am||20 May 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am||17 June 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am||15 July 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am||19 August 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am –11.30am||16 September 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am ||21 October 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am||18 November 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
|9.30am - 11.30am ||16 December 2021||Welllington Regional Hospital, Level 2 Whānau Care Services hui room|
Jack Rikihana - Chair (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Atiawa ki Waikanae)
Jack is the current Deputy Chair of the Māori Partnership Board. He has been a member of the Māori Partnership Board since it's inception in 2003 and was Chair at that time when the partnership agreement between the CCDHB and the Māori Partnership Board was signed.
Through his experiences as past Chairs of the Aratahi Iwi Advisory to the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Te Whakamininga Iwi Advisory, the Kapiti Coast District Council, and retired Deacon of Rangiatea Church in Otaki, Jack brings a wealth of knowledge to the Māori Partnership Board. He is an Iwi Consultant to Ngati Toa and Ngati Koroki haapu for the rohe of Kapiti Coast and the surrounding district.
He is particularly passionate about building the necessary relationships to advance Māori health matters in our district.
Kuini Puketapu – Chair
Peter Jackson - Board member (Taranaki and Te Atiawa)
Peter is of Te Atiawa and Taranaki Iwi decent. Born and raised in Wellington, he graduated with a business degree from Victoria University of Wellington. As a long-standing, self-employed investor and businessman Peter brings a commercial skill set to the board. Following in his father's footsteps, Kaumatua Sam Jackson, Peter is one of the Taranaki Whanui manawhenua cultural representatives.
Dr Paula King (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto)
Paula is a vocationally registered Public Health Medicine Specialist (Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine), and kaupapa Māori researcher. She is a graduate of medicine (MBChB) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health and a Master of Public Health. She has been working and researching in the area of Māori health and wellbeing for a decade. Prior to this, she worked in clinical paediatrics, emergency medicine, and general practice. Her research area includes health and wellbeing of mokopuna Māori, and the elimination of health inequities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her current research examines impacts of racism on health and wellbeing of mokopuna Māori, and the exploration of concepts of co-design in relation to health and disability services to achieve health equity for mokopuna Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Taku Parai, Board Member
Cherie Seamark, Board Member
Mark Te One, Board Member
Liz Mellish, Board Member
Contact the Māori Partnership Board
Māori Health Development Group
Capital & Coast District Health Board
Private Bag 7902
Phone: 04 806 2343