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Professor Joanne Baxter

Associate Dean (Māori)

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Joanne (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) has worked within the University of Otago for over ten years in a number of roles associated with Māori Health. She is a public health medicine specialist with research interests in Māori health workforce development, Māori mental health, and Māori child and youth health.

Joanne positions in the University of Otago; She is a Professor of Māori Health within the Division of Health Sciences,  she is the Associate Dean (Māori) for the Division and also the Director of the Kōhatu Centre and the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit.

Tel +64 3 479 6548 

Zoë Bristowe

Professional Practice Fellow Staff Zoe BristoweStudent Programme Manager

Zoë is of Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Porou descent and is a University of Otago graduate and a PhD candidate. Zoë manages the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit to deliver a range of programmes to support Māori students and students from decile 1-3 secondary schools into and through health sciences study.  

Mob +64 21 246 6433


Samantha Feeney

Professional Practice Fellow / Kairuruku Ritengaitua

Staff Sam Feeney

Sam is of Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri decent. She is a University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science and a Master in Teaching and Learning. Sam is very passionate about youth development and enjoys working as part of the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit.

Sam leads the MHWDU programmes Te Ara Hauora and Tū Kahika while support the wider team across all MHWDU programmes. 

Tel +64 27 249 8551


Kauia Moriarty

Professional Practice Fellow / Kairuruku Ritengaitua

Staff Kauia Moriarty

Kauia is of Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Kahungunu descent and is a University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor of Music. Kauia has worked in a range of different fields before starting with Kōhatu at the beginning of 2019, including sexual violence prevention education, production management, teaching English in South Korea, and the creative arts.

Kauia works to support the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit programmes and loves working with the brilliant team at Kōhatu and is passionate about supporting the growth of Māori in our health workforce and beyond.

Tel +64 3 479 5754


Teina Ruri

Tū Tauira Hauora Kaiārahi 

Staff Teina Ruri

Teina (Tuhoe, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) has worked for the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit for over 2 years. Teina has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Development and Anthropology. Teina supports Tū Tauira Hauora, Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences Māori students studying at Otago University with pastoral and academic support.

Teina enjoys being a part of Māori student retention throughout the Health Sciences as well as working in a kaupapa Māori space with passionate work colleagues.


Ange Spears

Professional Practice Fellow / Kairuruku Ritengaitua

Staff Ange Spears

Ange is from Dunedin and is a University of Otago graduate. She began her education career as a primary school teacher before embarking on gaining experience in international education settings. She taught in Japan and Australia before settling back in Dunedin and specialising in student support roles in tertiary settings.

Ange is passionate about meeting students from diverse backgrounds and playing a part in extending an individual’s achievement and self-esteem. She enjoys working with a team committed to achieving positive outcomes.

Tel: 03 479 4887

Ana Rangi

Professional Practice Fellow / Kairuruku Ritengaitua

Staff Ana Rangi

Ana (Ngāti Porou, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata) supports Māori and Socioeconomic Equity (EQ) students within Health Sciences. She spent 10 years as Divisional Kaiārahi Māori in Humanities and her professional background is in Māori development, youth transition and international student teaching and support.

Ana joined the Kōhatu team in 2019 and loves working with diverse students to support their aspirations towards health careers and making positive change in their communities.


Rob Thomson

Senior Research Fellow
Staff Rob Thomson

Rob is Pākeha with a PhD in Social Psychology from University of Otago, and has worked in academic, research, clinical and community organisations. His role within the team is to support and evaluation of our mahi so that we can achieve equity in our health workforce. 
His other roles are with community organisations to support tamariki and rangatahi in care through helping caregivers and agencies to provide safe and nurturing homes. Rob is also active to build community resilience, and as a White Ribbon ambassador to inspire individuals to take action against family violence.


Talei Anderson

Administrator Client Services

Staff Talei Anderson

Talei is of Te Arawa and Tainui descent. Talei started in the Health Sciences Divisional Office and moved to Kōhatu and the MHWDU in 2019. She brings a wealth of administrative knowledge from her previous positions outside of the university. She is excited to be part of a dynamic team supporting student achievement.

Tel +64 3 479 4878