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Clinical Senior Lecturer, TI Convenor



About Maira Patu (Ngai Tahu / Te Arawa)

Maira is a General Practitioner who is based at the Linwood Medical Centre. Maira was part of the Nga Kete Matauranga team who established the first VLCA General Practice in Invercargill and has spent time practicing in South Canterbury and South Auckland.

Maira is involved in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the Hauora Māori curriculum at UOC. Maira is a member of the Hauora Māori Curriculum Sub-committee of the MBChB Curriculum Committee. Maira also contributes to the MIHI post-graduate short courses that support the professional development of health professionals in the Hui Process and Meihana Model.

Maira has a focus on developing curriculum which utilises simulation and draws on local Māori patient experiences in the health system to support transformative practice.


Undergraduate medical curriculum

Postgraduate short courses

  • MIHI RMO 301
  • MIHI 501 Clin Psych
  • MIHI 501 Health Professionals


Pitama, S., Haitana, T., Patu, M., Robson, B., Harris, R., McKerchar, C., Clark, T., & Crengle, S. (2024). Toitū Te Tiriti. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1589), 7-11. Retrieved from

CARI Living Guideline Lipid Working Group, including Walker, R., Palmer, S. & Patu, M. (2023). CARI Living Guidelines: Management of cholesterol-lowering therapy in people with chronic kidney disease. 38p. Retrieved from

Pitama, S., Beckert, L., Lacey, C., Patu, M., Melbourne-Wilcox, M., Philpott, A., Palmer, S. C., & Huria, T. (2021). Implementing an indigenous model of practice. Clinical Teacher, 18, 502-504. doi: 10.1111/tct.13395

CARI Living Guideline Lipid Work Group including Walker, R., Palmer, S. & Patu, M. (2020). CARI Guidelines: Management of lipid-lowering therapy in CKD. 42p. Retrieved from

Pitama, S., Huria, T., Patu, M., & Lacey, C. (2020). Impaired wellness in medicine. Medical Education, 55, 4-15. doi: 10.1111/medu.14393

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