OKaranga at Otakau Maraeriginally established as two groups, the Governance Group and the Kāhui Māori have met and made decisions jointly since the inception of the Kāhui Maori in 2016.  This arrangement, formalised in 2019, enables members of the Kāhui to participate fully in decision-making while retaining the ability to meet separately when they identify a need to do so.

Healthier Lives’ model of co-governance embeds Te Tiriti Partnership, Vision Mātauranga and respectful relationships at the centre of the Challenge.

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Current members:


Former members:

  • Donna Matahaere-Atariki
    Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Te Ātiawa

Healthier Lives would particularly like to  thank the Interim Kāhui members who provided advice during our establishment phase:

  • Professor Helen Moewaka-Barnes (chair)
  • Garrick Cooper
  • Distinguished Prof Richard Faull
  • Moe Milne



Dr Amohia Boulton
Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga
Dr Amohia BoultonAmohia is Research Centre Director of Whakauae Research Services the only tribally-owned health research centre in Aotearoa, under the auspices of Ngāti Hauiti. She holds honorary positions at her former university, Victoria University of Wellington, where she is both an Adjunct Research Associate at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre.

Amohia has a background in public policy and research interests that span Māori health leadership and governance, service-level evaluation, and the interface between national health policy and service implementation. Amohia is currently involved in a range of research projects in the areas of chronic conditions, tobacco policy, Whānau Ora and rongoā Maori. Her methodological expertise lies in conducting kaupapa Māori research projects with a strong translational component.

At an international level Amohia is a Board member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and a Member of the Editorial board for the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri Pimatisiwin. Her passion is to lead high quality research, grounded in Māori realities, that can shape policy to transform the lives of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi.

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Dr Lorraine Brooking

Dr Lorraine BrookingNgāti Porou, Ngāriki ki Mangatū, Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki, Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Pikiao

Lorraine is a rural GP based in Cambridge and splits her clinical time between hospitals and practices in Taupō, Te Kūiti and Tokoroa.  She has a special interest in diabetes management and care.

Lorraine is a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and a member of the College’s Education Advisory Group, and was recently appointed as the 2017 College Board Apprentice.

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Justine Camp

Justine Camp pic_opt

Photo by: Takiwai Russell-Camp

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha

Justine Camp recently completed a PhD developing a Māori health model for whānau across the lifespan and across generations, the first health model created by Kāi Tahu.

For her PhD, with Brain Research New Zealand, and supervised by Associate Professor Anne Marie Jackson (University of Otago), she created a whānau health compass in partnership with Master Navigators and with her Hapū from Puketeraki.  She continues to work with Brain Research NZ, looking at Māori views on neurological disease and stimulation.

Justine’s career in research includes her Master’s degree which looked at the impact of type 2 diabetes on whānau and she has spent many years as a lecturer at the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.