Mauri Ora - Human Flourishing

Associate Professor Joanne Baxter

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha
Associate Dean (Māori) and Associate Professor of Māori Health
Dunedin School of Medicine - University of Otago

Joanne is a public health medicine specialist with research interests in Māori health workforce development, Māori mental health, Māori child and youth health, hazardous drinking among tertiary students and health inequalities.

Joanne has current research collaborations with the Injury Prevention Research Unit (Hazardous drinking project) and the New Zealand Mental Health Epidemiology Survey team.

Associate Professor Jo Smith

School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies

Jo's research examines the socio-political power of media technologies with a primary focus on how colonial histories inform contemporary media practices. She has developed her research profile across three interrelated fields (Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Settler Colonial Studies) to ask new questions about the ways in which media technologies, institutions and aesthetic practices help shape notions of identity, nationhood and community.

Dr Hinemoa Elder

Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāpuhi
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Dr Hinemoa Elder is a mother of two from Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngāpuhi nui tonu. She works as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice. She is a deputy member of the Mental Health Review Tribual and on the list of Medical Consultants under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.  

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis

Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa
Senior Lecturer Medical - Te Kupenga Hauora Māori
University of Auckland

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis is a Public Health Physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. 

She is Director Vision 20:20 which provides academic leadership of Hikitia Te Ora - Certificate in Health Sciences (bridging/foundation education for Māori and Pacific), Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS, admission and retention support for Māori and Pacific students) and the Whakapiki Ake Project (WAP, Māori recruitment). 

Donna Cormack

Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu
Senior Research Fellow
University of Otago

Donna has been involved in work on the collection and classification of ethnicity data in New Zealand, particularly as it relates to measuring and monitoring disparities. Most recently, Donna has been focused on work examining disparities in cancer outcomes and access to cancer services for Māori. She is involved in the Differential Colon Cancer Survival by Ethnicity in New Zealand project as well as Unequal Treatment: The Role of Health Services with Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.