Tipa Mahuta

Waikato, Maniapoto and Ngapuhi

Ms Tipa Mahuta has a background in facilitation, research, policy and community development complemented by over 20 years in Iwi governance experience. She lives at Waahi Pa in Huntly.

Ms Mahuta is currently the Deputy Chair on Counties Manukau District Health Board and the Chair of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group, a councillor with the Waikato Regional Council, co-chair of the Waikato River Authority and board member with the Te Kotahi Research Centre.

Ms Mahuta has served on a wide range of iwi and community boards including Iwi Māori Council at Waikato DHB and Tainui Group Holdings. She also has experience in environmental governance, serving on the Waikato Conservancy.

Ki te ao marama – the promise of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori health authority

Aotearoa, New Zealand’s health and disability system has not delivered te Tiriti-inspired, and equitable outcomes to, with and for Māori. Some gains have been made, but they are not systemic or consistent. The establishment of the Māori Health Authority is a response to successive failures of the system and a growing call by Māori and others, for the system to fulfil the promise of te Tiriti.

This is the first time in our history that an entity like the MHA has been established, and there are already calls for a similar entity in the fields of education, social services and other. There are significant expectations on the Authority to make a difference and to do it quickly. This presentation will outline why the MHA was established, its role, where it is headed, its levers for change, and its priorities which include tackling bias, discrimination and racism.

Tipa Mahuta