Te Rōpū Taki Māori

Te Rōpū Taki Māori provides strategic Māori leadership, support, advice and input into Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa (Te Kahu Pairuri)/Hospice New Zealand (HNZ) and to the HNZ Board on tikanga me kawa (procedures and protocols), initiatives and policies, and to ensure the values and preferences of Iwi Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi principals are reflected in Hospice NZ projects and initiatives.

Please read  our Terms of Reference Te Rōpū Taki Māori TOR 2022 Final

Currently we have 7 Group members that represent:

  • Kaumātua
  • Knowledge and experience in different areas of the hospice workforce
  • Knowledge and experience in hospice
  • Knowledge on current research/evidence
  • Knowledge of governance structures and protocols

Group members

Ria Earp – ONZM (Chair)                                                                

Ko Tongoriro te maunga

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao nga iwi, nga hapū hoki

Ko Te Kaituna te awa

Ko Whakaūe te marae

Ria Earp is the Chair of Te Rōpū Taki Māori and in that role sits on the Board of Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa – Hospice NZ. Ria also chairs Te Kahui Piringā – the advice, support and partnership group of the Health Quality and Safety Commission and is a member of the Wellington Free Ambulance Board.

Ria’s consultancy provides advice, peer review and locum management support to a range of health and social service organisations, including Hospice NZ.

Her passion for palliative and hospice care was grounded in her time as the Chief Executive of Mary Potter Hospice for eleven years.

Prior to taking up the role in Mary Potter Hospice, she was the Deputy Director General, Māori Health for the Ministry of Health for almost a decade. Ria had also held a range of management positions in Women’s Affairs, Youth Affairs and Te Puni Kōkiri.

Ria has a deep interest in Māori community development and health services. She has a BA (Anthropology), MA (Applied in Social Work) and MBA from Victoria University.

Jonathon Hagger

Ko Tohoraha te maunga

Ko Kurahaupo te waka

Ko Ngai Takato, Te Rarawa, Whakatohea nga iwi

Ko Awanui te awa

Ko Wharemaru te marae

Jonathon Hagger is the Chief Executive of Te Kahu Pairuri ki Rotorua, Rotorua Community Hospice, a role he has held since 2018.

Prior to taking up the role at Rotorua Community Hospice, he worked in the tertiary education sector for 13 years in various management roles including supporting delivery of health and social services qualifications.

Jonathon holds the role of Chairperson in a Rotorua based Maori social services provider and a nationwide climate justice organistion that predominantly engages with rangatahi. He has an MBA from Waikato University and is slowly developing his ability to korero Maori.

Vanessa Eldridge                       

Vanessa is Director Health Equity at Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.  She has a background in nursing, and has led and developed several programmes relating to loss and grief for Māori, compassionate communities and leads a team focussed on the provision of equitable service for all.

Vanessa has contributed to national research, publications and professional development material regarding Palliative Care and she is a qualified bi-cultural supervisor.  She contributed to Whenua ki te Whenua the Advanced Care Planning conversation guide for Māori with the Health Safety Quality Commission.  She hosted the first National Symposium on Palliative Care for Māori in 2021 and contributes to project work with Hospice New Zealand.

Vanessa is Wellington born and of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungūnu descent.  She has two sons and lives in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Hinetewai                   

Ko Tarahoua te mauka

Ko Rakitata te awa

Ko Kati Huirapa te hapū

Ko Hawea, Rapuwai, Waitaha, Māmoe, Tahu ōku Iwi

Ko Hinetewai ahau

Hinetewai is descended from Hawea, Rapuwai, Waitaha, Māmoe and Tahu.

Hinetewai is currently working for Nurse Maude Palliative Care Service as the Māori Liaison, a role which has recently been established to offer support to Māori engaging the service and providing education and support to staff.

Prior to Palliative care Hinetewai has held various roles in education and health, working in an advisory role within the Māori Land Court for a decade, assisting whānau, hapu and iwi with land administration, reunification, and whakapapa and more recently working in Mental Health and education.

Hinetewai contributes to research and projects locally and national and is a member of the Māori Womens Welfare League.

Hinetewai has a passion and interest in palliative care, health and education with a diploma in teaching and BA (Education).

Barb O’Loughlin     

Ko Mōkau ki runga, ko Tāmaki ki raro, ko Mangatoatoa ki waenganui. Ko Pare Hauraki, ko Pare Waikato, ko Te kaokaoroa o Pātetere.

E mihi ana au ki a Kīngi Tūheitia, tae noa atu ki tōna whare kāhui ariki.

Anei tēnei mangainga o Marutūāhu, o Te Waharoa, e mihi atu ana ki a koutou.

Barb is currently working at Te Kahu Pairuri mai i Takarunga ki Te Hana – Harbour Hospice as a Kaiāwhina and Kaiārahi, tūroro (patient) and whānau Māori advocate and a cultural adviser. She works three days a week.

Barb has a passion and interest in palliative care, health and education and feels honoured to work in this tapu space. Barb has a love of learning. Her educational qualifications include a Diploma in Teaching People with Disabilities, Diploma of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership. Master of Education (first class honours) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education.

Barb is active in her Hauraki iwi and marae, is a devoted member of Te Whare Tāhuhu Kōrero o Hauraki and a member of Ngākau Whakapuke.

Rawiri (Dave) Coyne – Te Tumu Herenga Waka               

Ko Parihaka te Maunga

Ko Hatea te Awa

Ko Pehiaweri te Marae

Ko Ngati Hau te Hapu

Ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu te Iwi

 

Dave is the Māori development leader for North Haven in Whangārei, who works alongside the clinical team to provide them with cultural advice for Māori patients and whanau. He supports and ensures the needs are being met for Māori patients as they navigate their way through their Hospice journey.

Dave is also on the executive leadership team where he manages as the Māori advisor, where he implements strategies and builds relationships with local health providers and hapu/iwi. These strategies aim is to improve the health and well being of our people.

Dave has worked across a range of sectors including charitable tertiary education, health and public service in a variety of roles as a Senior Pastor, Maori Advisor, Senior Tutor, Transport Officer, Kaumātua and Iwi Representative.

Working with and for Maori people is a true passion for Dave and he continues to upskill and bring te reo Māori, tikanga, waiata and cultural competency to North Haven.

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