Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish

Ngāti Whātua

As the Chief Advisor Tikanga Māori Health for Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards, Ms Glavish leads the organisation in managing relationships with mana whenua and iwi Māori from a tikanga perspective and provides assistance in managing Te Tiriti o Waitangi risks. In this role Ms Glavish was the catalyst behind the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between these two District Health Boards and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua. She has championed appropriate cultural support for Māori patients, lead the writing, development, and implementation of bicultural policies and the ‘tikanga best practice’ policy, which is used nationally across many District Health Boards in Aotearoa and some private sector organisations.

Ms Glavish is the Chair of the Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua Iwi and is involved with a range of iwi, government and community organisations, as well as the Cultural Advisor to Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall. She is also an advisor to the Ombudsman Office and the Chief Ombudsman Advisory Panel - Pūhara Mana Tangata. In January 2021 she was appointed by Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Children, to the newly established Ministerial Advisory Board for Oranga Tamariki. She is also a Justice of the Peace and in 2018 was awarded the NZ Order of Merit. In 2018 Ms Glavish was the recipient of the Queen's Service Medal for services to Māori and the community and was awarded the title of Dame Companion of NZ Order of Merit and she is now Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM. JP.

‘Kia Ora’ How far has Aotearoa NZ advanced since 1984.

"In 1984 as a toll operator, I challenged the then Post-Office Government Agency, when I continued to use the greeting ‘Kia ora’ across Aotearoa NZ when taking calls. In the face of dismissal and heightened publicity, I won the right to continue answering calls in Māori and have continued to campaign for the rights of my people and te reo Māori. In 2022 I ask the question how far have we (really) come? And discuss what are the challenges that Māori continue to battle in Aotearoa NZ."

Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish