Wednesday 11 July 2018 | 3:45pm - 4:30pm

Friday 13 July 2018 | 9:45am - 10:30am


Moe grew up in Matawaia, Northland surrounded by a large whānau and the stories of Kawiti (Rangatira o Ngāti Hine). Moe first trained at psychopaedic hospital in Mangere, Auckland as a young adult, and then went onto Ngāwhatu Hospital (Nelson) to commence her formal training as a Psychiatric Nurse before moving to Kingseat Hospital in rural South Auckland.

At the end of 1980, Moe returned home to Matawaia after living abroad, where she trained as a teacher. With her heart still in mental health, Moe began to break new ground in Aotearoa in regard to improving status of Māori. This would be her mantra for the following three decades in varying ways.
As Kaiwhakahaere for the Health and Disability Commissioner, Moe was integral in embedding the code of rights and developing advance directives for users of health services. Moe also completed Ngā Tikanga Tōtika: Guidelines for Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services as an outcome from the first national consultation with Māori regarding mental health.

Moe continues to be active in contributing to and ensuring high quality services are available for whānau, at all levels – locally, regionally and nationally. Moe is known for her stance on Te Reo me ōna Tikanga, and has promoted Te Ao Māori perspective in mental health services, Māori workforce development, Māori health research, and Whānau Ora, being to the forefront in the development of many new initiatives.

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Materoa is of Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Porou descent She has been involved in mental health and Māori Health for more than 25 years in a variety of roles.  Materoa is currently Director - Maori Health for a large Primary Healthcare Organisation based in Palmerston North and also Leads the Whānau Ora Alliance Te Tihi o Ruahine.


She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and served as Chair from 2004 to 2010. Materoa has also held various other Governance roles including but not limited to Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Manawatu, Hato Paora College and Te Rau Matatini. Materoa has also been involved over time with Indigenous Development and has benefited from visiting with and maintaining a broad array of relationships internationally.


Materoa is passionate and committed to improving the quality of services to Tangata Whaiora and Whānau.

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BA (Hons) Psych and Māori, MSc Psych, PGDip Clin Psych


Luke is of Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga descent.  He is Clinical Psychologist by trade and has had clinical and leadership roles focusing on Mental Health, Māori Health and Whānau Ora.  Luke maintains strong community ties with Governance roles at local school and national executive levels. 



Thursday 12 July 2018 | 9:55am - 12:05pm


Developed by Dr. Diana Kopua in 1996, Mahi a Atua is reconceptualising the delivery of mental health services by using pūrākau (Māori stories) as a mechanism to reinstate an authentic cultural lens and bring wellbeing to whānau.

This rongoā involves retelling and sharing pūrākau between Mataaora and whānau, providing a platform to effect meaningful changes in all aspects of their wellbeing: including spiritual, psychological and relational aspects. The pūrākau hold important messages of how Maori ancestors understood and found meaning to their realities.

Currently, Dr. Kopua, alongside her husband Mark Kopua and a rōpū of Mataaora are undertaking a Māui tiki-tiki a Taranga type of feat where the seemingly impossible is being made possible.


A Pathway Forward For Maori Mental Health

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