Moana is Te Rōroa with associations to Ngāti Korokoro, Ngāti Wharara and Ngāti Hine (Nga Puhi Nui Tonu) and grew up in the Kaipara. She is also strongly connected to Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngāti Kahu in the Far North and has returned home to Northland to use her expertise to support all of us to help achieve equitable Māori health outcomes.
Moana has extensive executive management experience across a range of large, complex health organisations including Primary Health, Public Health and Social Services organisations, and has most recently been working within Indigenous Australian not-for-profits.
She has a history of advocacy in Māori tobacco control, presented evidence to the Māori Affairs Committee Inquiry into the tobacco industry in Aotearoa and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori, was National Māori Health Manager of PHARMAC and, later, Chief Executive of Te Hotu Manawa Māori.
While in Australia, Moana worked within the Australian health system, being employed in a number of Aboriginal Health Services, a large social services organisation and in health research with two large national universities.
Moana has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Master of Public Health (first class Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Health). She undertook her PhD in Indigenous Health to anchor her career in Māori and indigenous health equity.
While an academic path was open to her, Moana chose to work in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, most recently in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in the Gibson Desert, and has a strong understanding of health equity. Coming home to Te Tai Tokerau will allow her to contribute to our exciting future.