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Wiremu Matthews

Werimu Mathews_232pixQualifications

BPharm (Otago 2005), PGDip Health Service Management (Massey), PGDip Fitness and Business (Massey)

Positions since graduation

Pharmacist Manager, Business Manager, Whānau Ora Pharmacist Central PHO, Former President/CEO Māori Pharmacists' Association (MPA, Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā)

A few lines about your current role

Have recently stepped down as President of the Māori Pharmacists' Association and currently developing a learning and development company (Brite Spark) teaching an Advanced Reading course for professionals (and future professionals!) and an Aspiring Leaders programme. Also managing Director of FitPro Health and Fitness business helping people to make sustainable lifestyle changes using a whare tapa whā approach.

Any comments about your Otago experience?

I enjoyed my time at Otago University and the feel that the University has. Very supportive environment in the Māori Centre and was able to meet many life long friends in there. We were well supported through the degree and thanks to the relationships we had amongst each other in our class we were able to graduate successfully. Otago seemed to provide that feeling of having a home away from home particularly for so many of us that had travelled down there from the North Island to study. The Māori Centre and the opportunity for developing friendships in and out of the classroom with classmates was integral to this.

Any other comments?

I enjoyed my time there and still remember and am grateful for my experiences in Otago. In fact because my wife is from Dunedin we still get to visit quite often and we enjoy doing so!