take your skills further

become a Māori medical specialist

Haere e whai i te waewae o Uenuku, kia ora ai te tangata

Seek out the footprints of Uenuku, so that humankind may be healed

Māori health specialists play a vital role in improving health services and outcomes for whānau. That's why Aotearoa needs more of them.

You'll find all the inspiration and advice you need to begin your specialist career here.

We asked leading Māori specialists to share their stories so you can see the difference your medical skills could make to your life and the lives of others. There are also short videos that offer a glimpse into their working lives and helpful links to study choices.

So get inspired and put your study and skills to work in the best way possible for you and your whānau.

Nau mai, haere mai, kōrero mai!


Dr. Wil Harrison »

Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

Dr. David Tipene-Leach »

Public Health Advocate, Mentor
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kere

Dr. Papaarangi Reid »

Academic, Public Health Physician
Te Rarawa

Dr. Danny de Lore »

Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Dr. Diana Rangihuna »

Māori mental health specialist
Ngāti Porou


Dr. George Laking »

Medical Oncologist
Te Whakatōhea

Mr. Jonathan Koea »

Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama

Dr. Lance O’Sullivan »

General Practitioner, Mentor
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maru

Dr. Madeleine Wall »

Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Maru


six reasons to specialise


Mania Seymour Campbell

6th Year Māori Medical Student, University of Auckland
Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tai, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngāi Tūhoe

Dr. Kopa Manahi

Senior Surgical House Officer
Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tūhoe

Dr. Ranginui Flavell

Senior house officer, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ngāti Rangiwēwehi, Ngāpuhi, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui

Dr. Maxine Ronald

Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai

Dr. Wil Harrison

Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata

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Becoming a Doctor

If you want to become a doctor there are two medical schools where you can study in New Zealand.

University of Auckland MAPAS Programme

The University of Auckland runs the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS). This supports Māori and Pasifika students studying health sciences. You can find out all about it here: http://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/faculty/undergrad/mapas.aspx

Contact information for MAPAS

Phone: 0800 20 20 99 or +64 9 373 7599 ext 84912 or 84488
Email: mapas@auckland.ac.nz or fmhs@auckland.ac.nz


The University of Otago, The Dunedin School of Medicine’s website can provide general information.

The University of Otago's Tū Kahika programme programme supports Māori students studying Health Sciences.

If you have any queries about the or the application process, please contact the Programme Manager, Zoe Bristowe Mob: 021 246 6433

You may also contact the Division of Health Science's Māori Health Workforce Development Unit: Phone: 03 470 3593

For more inspiration, read this book.

Te Paruhi a ngā Tākuta covers a huge range of careers from trailblazing Māori GPs to the latest generation of Māori health specialists.

Becoming A Māori Medical Specialist

There are a wide range of areas in which you can specialise, such as paediatrics, radiology, surgery, obstetrics, oncology and general practice.
Contact Te ORA to discuss the options that are best for you.

Terina on:
04 910 9213

Membership Line:
0800 483 672

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