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Employment

  • 2013 Research Fellow, Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research, National Institute for Public Health & Mental Health Research, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • 2013 Lecturer, School of Inter-professional Health, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • 2011 Director/Lead Consultant Pukenga Consultancy Lt, Auckland
  • 2008 – 2011 Inaugural Solicitor, Auckland Disability Law, Auckland
  • 2005 – 2008 Barrister/Co-Director, The Advocate, KFM Associates Ltd, Christchurch
  • 2000 – 2008 Lead Investigator, Maori Development Research Centre, Hamilton

Education

  • 2008 – PhD (Philosophy), Supervisors Emeritus Professor Margret Bedggood (Waikato University) and Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (Waikato University)
  • 2004 – Current – Admitted to the Bar, Practicing License, Waikato Bay of Plenty District Law Society
  • 2001 – LLM (Distinction) (Waikato University)
  • 1999 – LLb/BSocSci (Psychology) Conjoint (Waikato University

Selected Achievements and Distinctions

  • 2015 –   Recipient of Member of New Zealand Order of Merit
  • 2015 – Recipient HRC Grant
  • 2009 – Recipient of Te Amorangi Maori Excellence Awards
  • 2007 – Recipient of a grant from Disabled Persons International (DPI) Korea to attend the DPI World Assembly
  • 2007 – Recipient of a grant from Monash University, Melbourne to attend a post-graduate conference
  • 2006 – Recipient of Maori Excellent Award, School of Maori and Pacific Development, Waikato Univeristy
  • 2003-2006 – Recipient of the VCC Waikato University Phd Scholarship
  • 2001 – Recipient of the Rosemary Seymour Women’s Studies Maori Women’s Award

National Committees/Groups

  • 2012 – 2013  Board member, Community Law Centers of Aotearoa
  • 2011 – 2015 Chairperson, Auckland Council Disability Leadership Group, Auckland
  • 2010 Panel member, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand
  • 2008 – 2012 Council member,  Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand
  • 2008 – 2009 Council member,  Te Roopu Waiora Trust (Maori Disability Self-Advocacy Group
  • 2007  Founder and President of the Maori Women’s Welfare League branch Mana Tuaakiri
  • 2005 Indigenous People Representative, United Nations International Steering Committee
  • 2004-2006 Maori Representative, CCS Waikato
  • 2004 Advisor, Ministry of Health Northern Y Ethics Committee, Waikato
  • 2003 – 2004 Steering Committee member for the setting up of People First New Zealand
  • 2003 – 2009  Foundation member, Health and Disability Commission Advisory Group, New Zealand
  • 2002  2004 President, Workbridge Council, New Zealand
  • 2002  Committee member, Ministry of Health, Special Needs Education Research Group
  • 2001 – 2004  National Advisor on the NEC, Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) New Zealand
  • 1995  Board/Life member, Rostrevor House, Health Provider, Hamilton