ProCare Māori Committee 

Dr Braden Te Ao (Chair)

Braden Te Ao is a Senior Health Economist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and has recently become the ProMa Board Chair.

Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te iwi - Do what must be done for the betterment of people.
Na Te Puea Herangi.

Inspired by these principles and the legacy left by Te Puea, Braden has worked directly with government and non-government organisations within the health sector to develop a policy for prevention relating to neurological disorders (stroke, TBI, dementia, epilepsy and muscular disorders). His expertise includes healthcare financing, resource allocation, prioritisation of health care initiatives, inequities and disparities in health and unmet needs for socially disadvantaged groups.

Dr Katrina Kirikino

He Uri no Parourangi, He uri no Hikuranagi maunga.

Katrina Kirikino-Cox is of Ngati Porou, Te Aitanga a Mate descent. She is currently a General Practitioner at Turuki Health Care.

She is also a member of the Executive Committee for Te Akoranga a Maui with RNZCGP, and a member of Te Tira Kautu and on the Southern Cross Māori Advisory board.

She brings with her clinical experience as well as Hauora Māori expertise, and lives by the whakataukī Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many.

Her proudest achievements are her two beautiful children and starting her kākahu korowai (Māori cloak) this year.

Donovan Clarke

He mokopuna mai Ngāti Te Ata, Ruakaiwhare te Kaitiaki o Manukau a ka titiro atu ki te tonga ki Tāupiri maunga, arā ko Waikato Tainui tēnā , he mihi hoki ki tō tātou nei Kīngi a Kīngi Tuhetia Pōtatau te Wherowhero te Tuawhitu, Paimārire , koina te whakapapa o tōku papa. Ka huri te titiro ki te raki arā ki te Maunga o Motatau, arā ko Ngāti Hine hoki te Iwi, koina te whakapapa o tōku māmā , nō reira tēnā tātou katoa.

Donovan Raumati Clarke is the CEO of Toitū te Waiora – Workforce Development Council. He is an experienced CEO with expertise in strategic planning, health equity and the disability sector.

Donovan has a passion for improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable and committed to improving the health status in Māori, Pacifica and Disability communities. We get it right for these underserved communities we get it right for all communities, Mauri ora.

Dr Wikitoria (Wiki) Gillespie

Ko Kahuranaki te maunga
Ko Tukituki te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi
Ko Ngāti Hawea te hapu
Ko Matahiwi te marae
Ko Wikitoria (Wiki) Gillespie ahau

I grew up in rural Hawkes Bay, with my whānau in a Māori affairs state home that had belonged to my grandparents, Wikitoria and Moana Naera. At the age of 11, I met my friend Susie, whose parents were both doctors, one a cardiologist and the other a GP. It was from this point that I knew that caring, being of service and helping others was where I wanted to go in life.

I graduated from Otago Uni in 1995, worked and studied in NZ and the UK and am now a GP owner of Swanson Medical Centre. I have been a member of ProMāori for the last 3years, am the current chair of ProCare’s CQC and am an elected member of the ProCare Co-op Board.

I care deeply about working towards equity in healthcare and hope I can make a small contribution towards this in my governance roles at ProCare.

Taima Campbell

Taima Campbell RGON, MHSc (Nsg) is the Director for Hauraki Health Consulting Ltd and has been the Executive Director of Nursing for the Auckland District Health Board. As a registered nurse, she brings experience in child health, Maori health and nursing leadership.