National Kaitiaki Group members

Dr Maureen Holdaway

Dr Holdaway is an Honorary Research Associate College of Health, and past Associate Director Research Centre for Maori Health and Development Massey University. She is a current member of the Ministry of Health’s National Ethics Advisory Group and holds a PhD in Public Health, a Post Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences and a BA majoring in Nursing and Social Anthropology from Massey University.  She is also a registered nurse, with extensive experience in Public Health. She has held positions on several National ethics committee and past board member of two iwi organizations and PHOs.  Dr Holdaway is affiliated to both Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi and Ngāti Hauiti.

Dr Melissa Cragg

Dr Melissa Cragg is a principal consultant at Karake Consultancy, providing Māori Health training and research and evaluation services (since 2008). She was a Ministerial community representative for Te Tau Ihu o Te Whanganui a Tara Regional Leadership Group for Whānau Ora and was a trustee of West Coast PHO.  Dr Cragg is a current member of the Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee.  She holds a PhD in Māori Studies and a BA from Massey University. Dr Cragg’s family whakapapa is to Te Atiawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngai Tahu, and Ngāti Kahungunu.

Lovey Ratima-Rapson

Lovey Ratima-Rapson has worked in Maori Health Management positions over the past 19 years, providing management support to clinical teams in primary medical and dental services and community and public health services. She is currently the practice manager at Kaiapoi Medical Centre in Christchurch. She holds two national roles on the Ministry of Health Cervical Advisory Group and the South Island Cancer Consumer Network.  Lovey holds a Bachelor in Business Management, a Diploma in Frontline management and is trained as a DAA Auditor. She affiliates to Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Arawa.

Tangihaere Macfarlane

Tangihaere Macfarlane is a member of the Northern B Health & Disability Ethics Committee. She has 16 years’ experience in the health sector, both in management and governance, and holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a diploma in Business. Tangihaere is also a qualified health sector auditor. Her Te Arawa waka iwi connections are to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Pikiao.

Rosemary Abbott

Rosemary Abbott is a previous member of the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee and is currently a barrister sole based at Hoani Waititi Marae. She is a youth advocate and has been appointed as a lawyer in the alcohol and other drug court. Previous roles have included being a lawyer in the Public Defence Service in Waitakere and Auckland, Kaiwhakahaere/Manager at Hoani Waititi Marae, and Corporate Legal Counsel at Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust. Rosemary has also been a member of the Waitakere Police Māori Advisory Committee and the Community Advisory Committee for the Alcohol and Drug Court. She holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Maori Studies) and affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu.

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