Tama Davis

Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Tama has over 20 years-experience in the public health, mental wellbeing and addictions services, within iwi, NGO sector and District Health Boards.

His Iwi leadership roles include elected Board member for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and Whānau Director at Whai Maia, its social developmental arm. Tama is Deputy-Chair for ADHB, and board member for NZ Health Partnerships. He owns Ahikaroa Enterprises which develops Māori responsiveness frameworks through strategic advice, auditing measures and delivery of cultural competency and Treaty of Waitangi training. Tama is Director of Comprehensive Care PHO, and board member for Yellow Brick Road – Auckland.

Tama’s focus is on effective health services, indigenous models of care, equity in health outcomes and wellbeing for all.

He has represented Te Ao Māori in national and international cultural experiences through performing arts. His academic background includes diplomas in Health Studies, Te Reo and Performing Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Huanga Māori, and MBA (University of Auckland).

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Governance

In this ‘Fireside chat’, Kate McKegg and Tama Davis will talk with each other about what anti racism praxis looks like when we start from a Te Ao Māori perspective. We will traverse historical injustice, generosity and legacies unknown to Pākeha. We’ll chat about partnership practices that resemble abuse at one end of the spectrum - to love in an offhand way. We’ll talk about the challenge of iwi capacity and capability to fulfill partnership expectations, and the types of compromises iwi have made and continue to make in the pursuit of equity. And finally we’ll talk about reframing how we think about investing in the future with some thoughts about the types of things that should be valued and exchanged.

Tama Davis