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The Māori Health Unit

The Māori Health Development Unit provides support and advice and is committed to ensuring strong links and relationships are developed and maintained, both within the hospital provider services, Primary Care providers and in the wider community.

Our Family Support Coordinators and Mental Health and Addictions Service Community Liaison Māori provide links and networking services to Community Social Services and Primary Health sector where appropriate.

In July 2019, we launched Te Pae Amorangi - the Hutt Valley DHB Māori Health Strategy. The strategy sets out our goal of achieving Māori health equity.

Read the latest Māori Health Plan here and the Achieving Optimum Levels of Personal Health and Wellbeing here.

For details about the Hauora Maori Workforce Funding please see our webpage.

Please see the Ministry of Health website for the latest information regarding tangihanga.

Hutt Valley Matariki Achieving Excellence in Maori Health Awards

For information regarding the background and nominations for the 2019 Hutt Valley Matariki Achieving Excellence in Maori Health Awards please click here. For the winners and photos from the awards night, please click here.


Ko wai tātou?


Kerry Dougall

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa te Iwi

Ko Haruru te Maunga

Ko Mohaka te Awa

Ko Takitimu te Waka

Ko Pāhauwera te Hapu

Ko Kerry-Leigh Dougall ahau

My role is Director Maori Health at the Hutt Valley District Health Board.

The average life expectancy for Māori men and women in the wider Wellington region is about seven years less than non-Māori respectively. My vision is for us to work collectively to lift Māori health outcomes by working in close partnership with Māori communities and encouraging more Māori to take part in the health system while ensuring we protect Māori cultural values.

I am passionate about traditional Māori child rearing practises, and supporting whānau to unleash their potential.

Email or phone 04 570 9089.


Miriam Coffey

Tēnā koutou katoa, Kia orana katoatoa

I te taha o tōku pāpā

Ko Taranaki te maunga

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Pungarēre to awa

Ko Te Atiawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Tu Heke Rangi te hapū

I te taha o tōku Māmā

Ko Ngāti Pōna ki ngā Kuki Airani te awa

Ko Miriam Coffey taku ingoa.

The aim of my role of Māori Liaison is to tautoko whānau katoa in Mental Health, whatever that may look like. To support our DHB colleagues so that they are able to work more efficiently and in a culturally appropriate manner. I refer whānau out to agencies in the community where they are able to receive the awhi they need. Because of our cultural connection I find that whānau are more open and accepting of our service.

I was born here at Hutt Hospital, the second of six children. I went to Epuni School, Taita Intermediate and then Taita College. I have always lived in this community, however have great pleasure in travelling abroad. I have been very lucky to have visited many countries around the world.

I have two handsome and loving sons, five beautiful mokopuna and two adorable mokopuna tuarua. I am immensely proud of them all.

I have lived in my own home in the delightful village of Petone for the last 30-odd years. I enjoy spending time with my whānau, which includes a network of very close friends.

I am also passionate about spending time in my garden and entertaining at home.


Mark Kubiack

Ko Tainui te Waka

Ko Tararua te maunga

Ko Ōtaki te awa

Ko Ngāti Raukawa te Iwi

Ko Ngāti Kapumanawawhiti me Ngāti Huia nga hapū

Ko Te Pou O Tainui te marae

Ko Peter Hakaraia tōku koro

Ko Ivy Meta tōku kuia

Ko Willy Kubiack tōku matua

Ko Margret Nehuata Urutakai Kubiack tōku whaea

Ko Mark Kubiack taku ingoa.

I am blessed to work in the Māori Health Unit at the Hutt hospital, Lower Hutt as one of the Pou Āwhina Hinengaro in the community.

My work is mainly in the mental health and addictions area supporting whānau in the community on their journey of wellbeing. I work with the clinical mental health teams, supporting them to look after whanau. I also visit whānau in the wards. As I work under the holistic health model of Te Whare Tapa Wha my work varies greatly from supporting with transport to appointments to finding housing, food or employment or education. I connect whanau to counsellors or programmes that can benefit their wellbeing.

I have been a father since I was 19 and now I feel as a 57-year-old it is second nature for me to support or look after people. Also watching my whanau manaaki people growing up instilled the concept in my own character making me feel like I am born to do it.

I have a beautiful whānau being my wife Shellz of 25 years and four tamariki and three moko. I have always been into fitness putting my children through sports and myself playing most codes eventually using boxing as my main medium of training and sport. To enhance my own performance and to have the knowledge to help my whānau I went back to school and graduated with the NZ Diploma in Exercise Science. This led to work as a personal trainer and owning my own training studio. The knowledge has been invaluable in my mahi today. Helping with physical issues or at least having an understanding in this area. I am an avid Warriors supporter, one of the since 1995 crew so enjoy watching the NRL and local games.


Rawiri Hirini

No te Taumata o Tutamure ki nga hiwi o Remutaka,

Rere te awa o Waipaoa ki Te Moana nui a kiwa, tai ki Te Whanganui a Tara ki Te Awakairangi ma runga nga waka o Horouta, Takitimu me nga waka o nga tangata o te Tiriti.

Tipu mai Te Aitanga a Mahaki ratou hoki a Ngati pakeha. No reira,

E nga mana e nga reo, mihi atu, korero mai, nei te whanau Hirini e pepeha, a, ko Rawiri tenei. Tihei Mauri Ora!

Kia ora everyone my name is Rawiri, also known as Ra.

A father of three, a loving partner, the youngest son of seven boys to a strong loving pakeha mother and a hard-working Maori father, grown locally here in the Hutt, schooled in Te reo me ona tiikanga.

To sum up my diverse working background is to speak of one of my values, Service.

My background of service is social work, from youth work, family violence prevention and tikanga Maori training, to then serving in the NZ Defense Force.

A change in circumstances had me take up a role in the exercise sector working at Les Mills as a group fitness instructor and coaching at a local crossfit gym.

Wanting to prioritise my skill for Māori, I had taken a role at our local PHO, Te Awakairangi Health Network as a Healthy Lifestyle Coach in Health Promotion.

Seeing a gap of Māori models of practice and perspective in this sector, I was appointed to Te Kaiwhakarite Māori role which has led me here to HVDHB in a similar role, the Pou Tikanga Māori.


Shavana Ashford

Ko Ruapehu te Maunga

Ko Whanganui te Awa

Ko Aotea te Waka

Ko Nga Poutama te Hapu

Ko Matahiwi te Marae

Ko Te Ati Haunui A Paparangi te Iwi

Ko Shavana Ashford ahau

My role is the Manaaki Whanau in the Māori Health unit at the Hutt Valley District Health Board.

I was born and bred in Palmerston North before moving to Auckland to complete my Bachelor of Science. I now reside in Lower Hutt with my partner and three-year-old. I am currently studying towards my postgraduate diploma in public health at the University of Otago. I love to keep myself active through playing touch, netball, running and walking with my whānau.

I work with our whānau that are admitted into Hutt Hospital. I support them on their journey while they are on the wards to ensure their needs are being meet, keeping communication lines open with the clinicians and to help with discharge so that whānau have that wrap-around support in place for when they go home.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working within Māori health and look forward to being able to share my skills and continue to grow. Being a young, Māori mama, I feel passionate and empowered to be Māori working within the health sector and hope I can be a role model and encourage our rangatahi to join me.


Carrie Maniapoto

Ko Maungaharuru te maunga

Ko Tangitū te moana

Ko Tangoio te marae

Ko Ngāi Te Ruruku ki Tangoio te hapū

Ko Tākitmu te waka

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa te iwi

Ko Carrie Maniapoto ahau

Kia ora e te whānau, my role of Māori Workforce Development Coordinator allows me to connect with many people across the organization and in our community which I love! My role is very much driven by Te Pae Amorangi. I have worked here at Hutt Valley DHB for 12 years in various roles. My sister is a Registered Nurse in the Regional Public Health service, and my mum is a health board telephonist so it’s a bit of a whānau affair for us.

I was born and bred in the hills of Wainuiomata where I live to this day with my two children, Wairangi and Mia, my husband Marshall, and our grey hound Lexie. We love the Wainuiomata Community Whānau and have no plans to leave J

I am currently studying Tikanga Māori through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, which I am really enjoying. Hubby and I love working out at F45 Hutt City and spending as much time as we can with whānau. Hubby is from Whānganui so we travel back there often.


Sharelle Ratu

“A muri ake, kia mau ki teena, kia mau ki te kawau maaroo”

Ko Horohoro te Maunga

Ko Mokau te Awa

Ko Tainui te Waka

Ko Tānehopuwai te Marae

Ko Ngāti Apakura ki Maniapoto te Iwi

Ko Sharelle Ratu ahau

I work in the Māori Health Unit as Manaaki Whānau. My role entails supporting and advocating for whānau during their time in hospital and connecting them to the appropriate services in the community who further support them after they have been discharged. I also work alongside DHB clinical staff, supporting them to relate, engage and support whānau Māori in a culturally appropriate way.

Initially I came through the Māori Health Unit as a Social Work student. After finishing my degree, I interned through a scholarship with Kia Ora Hauora and recently become a permanent part of the team

I grew up in Wainuiomata where I currently reside today. I am very family orientated, a lot of my time is spent with my whānau, my husband and two tamariki. Most weekends you’ll find us outside, exploring the ngāhere and enjoying a good dive or fish when the weather is on our side. I am a keen indoor netball player who also enjoys some good down-time with my mates.

I am very proud to be Māori and enjoy all the benefits of working alongside whānau Māori on a daily basis. I am driven by providing the best care and support for our people and look forward to utilising my skills and experiences to empower whānau Māori so they can experience better health outcomes.


Bernadette Awatere

“Ahakoa tōna kōtahi, he manomano kei muri i a ia”

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiapu te awa

Ko Nukutaimemeha te waka

Ko Hinetapora te whare tipuna

Ko Awatere te whānau

Ko Bernadette Awatere tōku ingoa

I am passionate about working for Māori. From working at The Waitangi Tribunal to now being a part of the team: Māori Health - Hutt Valley DHB.

The role of the Integration Manager is to actively address and eliminate health inequites for Māori and implement Te Pae Amorangi: The Māori Health Strategy.

I am intrigued with the unique qualities of people and use those to figure out how we can work together productively and make things happen by turning thoughts into action.

“Ma te rongo, ka mōhio; Mā te mōhio, ka mārama; Mā te marama, ka mātau, Mā te mātau, ka ora”