Tēnā koutou katoa, He uri ahau nō te waka o Tainui. I am originally from Kawerau but lived in Tauranga majority of my life. I graduated in 2016 from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physical Education double majoring in Exercise Prescription and Management, and Sport and Leisure Studies. I then went on to do my Postgraduate Diploma in 2017 which focused on mental health and whakamomori (suicide) within our Māori youth, with other independent research papers focusing on Māori health providers and Māori health models.
My current mahi is as an Assistant Research Fellow for the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit as part of the University of Otago Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. This has allowed me to start broadening my knowledge on a number of Māori health and public health issues. My broad research interests include: Māori mental health, specifically in our rangatahi; incarceration and the subsequent health of whānau; strengthening Māori identity and culture; and ethnicity data collection and ethnicity discrimination in our health care systems.
My future aspirations are to undertake a PhD (in the near future), to continue to excel Māori health research, become fluent in te reo Māori and to continue to deepen my understanding and grounding of my Māori culture.