Karanga at Otakau MaraeHe Oranga Kāhui Māori provides advice and direction to Healthier Lives on realising Vision Mātauranga as it impacts on:

  • Our research plan and strategy
  • Reducing Māori health inequalities
  • Building Māori research capacity and capability
  • Pathways for implementing research and the two-way exchange of knowledge

More about Vision Mātauranga

Our members have involvement in research or healthcare in New Zealand:

Current members:

  • Dr Amohia Boulton
    Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga
  • Dr Lorraine Brooking
    Ngāti Porou, Ngāriki ki Mangatū, Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki, Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Pikiao

Former members:

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

Donna Matahaere-AtarikiDonna is Chair of the Ōtākou Runanga and Executive Director of Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora, an independent community provider of integrated health, education and social services and has been recently appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

She has experience engaging with a broad range of agencies having previously worked as a policy director for government in Wellington, and as a contractor to a range of government agencies including the Ministry of Education.

She is the author of many publications covering Treaty issues, whānau development, and education needs of Māori children.

Donna is a ministerial appointment to the University of Otago Council, an elected member of the Ministry of Health NGO Working Group, Trustee of the Southern PHO, Chairperson of Bathgate Primary School, an elected Board of Trustees member for Brockville Primary School and a national NGO representative of the National Taskforce on Family Violence. She also serves on a number of committees both locally and nationally.

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