Ngā Māia ki Tamaki Makaurau


Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Māori Midwives, Auckland Region

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatanga tāngata
E mihi atu nei ki a koutou
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Ki wā tātou tini mate, kua tangihia, kua mihia kua ēa
Rātou, ki a rātou, haere, haere, haere
Ko tātou ēnei ngā kanohi ora ki a tātou
Ko tēnei te kaupapa, ‘Oranga Tika’, mo te iti me te rahi
Hei huarahi puta hei hapai tahi mō tātou katoa
Hei oranga mō te katoa
Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

To the authority, and the voices, of all people within the communities
We send greetings to you all
We acknowledge the spirituality and wisdom of those who have crossed beyond the veil
We farewell them
We of today who continue the aspirations of yesterday to ensure a healthy tomorrow, greetings
This is the Plan
Embarking on a journey through a pathway that requires your support to ensure success for all
Greetings, greetings, greetings

Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Philosophy

Ngā Māia o Aotearoa is the professional organisation representing Māori in the area of maternity services. Maternity services from Ngā Māia o Aotearoa perspective is defined as ‘The birthing needs of Māori’ and acknowledges both traditional and contemporary birthing practices. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa acknowledges te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand [NZ]. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa aim to protect whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori values and aspirations in ‘Māori Birthing Practices’. This will provide a voice for whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori to participate in maintaining and developing appropriate ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ and will enable professional, collegial and strategically endorsed relationships to develop in partnership with whānau, hapū and Iwi. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa recognises the diverse needs of Māori within maternity services; both as providers and recipients. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa will endorse the birthing needs of Māori in all areas of the health sector including Māori midwifery recruitment and retention, workforce development and training. Membership includes but is not limited to whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori, Māori health professionals; nurses, midwives, students, lecturers, academics and researchers.

Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Vision
Nau Te Whatu Māori (through the eye of Māori).

Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Mission
Ngā Māia o Aotearoa is committed to ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ that promote the health and wellbeing of Māori in all sectors of the community involved in Maternity services. Ngā Māia o Aotearoa embraces te Tiriti o Waitangi and will endeavour to improve the health status of all peoples of NZ, but in particular Māori through participation, partnership and protection in health and social service delivery within maternity services.

Regional Hui

Membership information is located below, under the heading Become a Member. 


Time Title Information
1800 to 1930 Committee and Regional Business Hui Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau members are welcome to attend
1930 to 2130 Regional Hui and Education Segment This programme alternates monthly between having a guest speaker and a Māori midwifery student discussion forum, where practice and related topics can be discussed and reflected on.

New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland Midwifery Resource Centre
Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave Royal Oak, Auckland 1061

Participation in our hui enables midwives to collect MCNZ professional activity and continuing education points, depending on the segment attended. We plan to continue providing this space and sharing a blend of mātauranga Māori and midwifery knowledge.

All midwives, student midwives and whānau across the motu are welcome to join us to share time, knowledge, thoughts and kai.

Nau mai haere mai, piki mai kake mai!

About Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau established in the Auckland Region with our inaugural hui on the 11th March, 2015. Our hui on the 13th May 2015 saw the election of our Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau Office Holders as a starting point for the formation of our rōpu Committee.

We are proudly supported by our Kaumātua:

  • Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish – Taumata Kuia, Advisory Trustee and Patron
  • Lilla Te Tai – Kaumātua
  • Sonny Niha – Kaumātua

Our Board of Trustees are:

  • Megan Tahere
  • Kaniwa Kupenga
  • Puti Baker
  • Cinnamon Lindsay
  • Lavinia McGee-Repia
  • Dr Hope Tupara

Our Committee consists of:

  • Megan Tahere (Chairperson)
  • Kaniwa Kupenga (Co-Deputy Chairperson)
  • Puti Baker (Co-Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer)
  • Cinnamon Lindsay (Secretary)
  • Lavinia McGee-Repia (Whānau Representative)
  • Jana Kite (Third Year Student Representative)
  • Lisa Nathan (Third Year Student Representative)
  • Arana Komene (Second Year Student Representative)
  • Rikki Gage (Second Year Student Representative)

The NZCOM Auckland Region has been of significant support to the establishment of our rōpu by gifting us the usage of the NZCOM Auckland Region Midwifery Resource Centre as a venue to hold our monthly hui, by ensuring that all midwives in the Auckland region are kept updated via ‘global email’ of our activities, and recently by granting us funding to support our regional activities. All of which are gestures that indicate the NZCOM Auckland Regions’ strong commitment to working in partnership with Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau, and as a rōpu we would like to thank the NZCOM Auckland Region for this commitment and partnership relationship.

As a rōpu we are proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time. The energy, passion and commitment among our rōpu is something to celebrate, positively aligning the past with the present to provide us with the strength to move into the future. A sense of belonging, unlimited potential and progress for us as Māori midwives, midwifery students and whānau is apparent.


Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM JP

Taumata Kuia, Advisory Trustee and Patron

From the early 1980s Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish has been involved in the affairs of Māori in education and health. In May 1984 as a humble toll operator she challenged the might of the then Post Office, which is a Government Agency and won the right to use ‘Kia ora’ across Aotearoa, New Zealand and she continues to campaign for the rights of her people and the reo Māori language.

As the Chief Advisor Tikanga (C.A.T) for He Kāmaka Waiora Māori Health, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Boards she leads the organisation in managing relationships with mana whenua and iwi Māori from a tikanga perspective and provides assistance in managing Treaty of Waitangi risks across both District Health Boards.

Dame Rangimārie is the author of the Tikanga Best Practice Policy which is used nationally across many of the District Health Boards and some organisations in the private sector. As a strong advocate for Māori and non-Māori she has proven the ability to link government initiatives and community expectations. The introduction of practices based on tikanga Māori have made a significant contribution to Māori health gains.

Dame Rangimarie is the Chair of her tribal iwi Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and was appointed as an iwi member for the Whānau Ora Partnership Group.


Megan Tahere


Ko te Whānau ā Apanui tōku iwi taketake, he uri hoki au nō Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whātua me Ngāpuhi; nō Tauranga Moana ahau; ko Megan Hope Tahere tōku ingoa.

Graduating from the Auckland University of Technology [AUT] in 2011 I commenced my midwifery career with Counties Manukau Health [CMH] in the New Graduate Midwife Programme. I remained employed as a Core Staff Midwife and Research Fellow at CM Health until February 2018 and was also the Māori Midwifery Liaison, Pu Ora Matatini Midwifery Scholarship Co-ordinator and Clinical Educator in the AUT Midwifery School between 2014 and 2018. Since February 2018 I have been employed by Auckland District Health Board in the role of Clinical Director of Primary Maternity Services and Midwifery Educator.

I am currently the Chairperson of Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau and a member of the Board of Trustees and have recently completed my term as the Deputy Chairperson of the New Zealand College of Midwives [NZCOM] Auckland Region and remain on the Committee. Other professional involvements include being a member of the Ngā Māia o Aotearoa Board of Trustees, NZCOM Māori Advisor on the Ministry of Health/Health Workforce New Zealand Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group and Māori representative on the NZCOM Research Governance Group alongside being a midwife member of multiple national and regional clinical and project working and governance groups.

I am passionate about promoting the holistic health and wellbeing of women, their infants and their whānau, advancing the development of the NZCOM Auckland Region, primary maternity services, our Māori midwifery workforce, Tūranga Kaupapa and cultural competency in midwifery partnerships and practice, reducing Māori health inequities, and enjoy research, teaching and sharing knowledge and information, and supporting midwifery students to reach their potential.


Kaniwa Kupenga

Co-Deputy Chairperson

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, ko Matā me Makatote nga awa, ko Te Aowera, Ruataupare, Te Aitanga A Mate me Rakairoa nga hapu. Ko Ngati Porou te iwi, Ko Kaniwa Kupenga-Tamarama toku ingoa.

Tena koe, my name is Kaniwa Kupenga-Tamarama. I am a proud Ngati Porou Māori wāhine with a strong diverse ethnic palate.

I am also a proud graduate of AUT University and gained my Midwifery degree in 2011. I also undertook Māori Health Environment, Development and Promotion papers during my time as an undergraduate.

I have worked in a variety of Midwifery settings; Core Midwifery, Lead Maternity Caring, Nga Māia o Aotearoa Representation at NZCOM National Committee, Deputy Chair at Nga Māia ki Tamaki Makaurau, Supporting Midwifery Training workshops, Wintec Tutoring and SUDI Prevention & Coordination.

I have also supported the promotion of Midwifery with Kia Ora Hauora, Meras and AUT University.

I am currently undertaking postgraduate studies and hope to gain my PG Diploma in Midwifery by 2022.

I now live in Sunny Gisborne and am a proud member of the Māori Womens Welfare League – Ngati Uepohatu Branch and working as the Mokopuna Ora SUDI Prevention and Safe Sleep Coordinator. This is a new role that allows me to focus on improving our community services and ensuring all whanau are equipped with the education, resources and safe sleeping devices.

I am passionate about not only Māori health promotion, but also Māori midwifery development, reclamation of traditional Māori birthing practices and protecting physiological reproduction.

My Husband and I have 4 children who keep life stimulating and busy. Living close to the beach and nestled close to bush backdrops allows us to maintain a work/life balance. I am contactable on 021 028 919 37 or via email


Puti Baker

Co-Deputy Chairperson & Treasurer

Kia ora
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāti Pūkenga ōku iwi
Ko Puti Baker ahau.

Tēnā koe my name is Puti Baker and I live in Manurewa with my husband and 3 children. I studied midwifery at WINTEC from 2009-2012 and went on to complete the 18 month new graduate programme at Counties Manukau DHB. Between 2014 and 2018, I worked as a self-employed LMC where births providing care for women and my practice was based in South Auckland. I am now working as the Māori Community Midwife for Te Manawa o Hine Māori Midwifery team at Auckland Hospital. I am passionate about developing our Māori midwifery workforce to enhance the wellbeing of wāhine, pēpi and their whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau.

I can be contacted via email or 0220109650.


Cinnamon Lindsay


Tēnā koutou,
Ko Marotiri te maunga
Ko Mangahauini me Waiotu awa
Ko Tuatini te marae
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
Ko Cinnamon Lindsay ahau

Kia ora, my name is Cinnamon, I live in Three Kings and am the secretary for Nga Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau (NMTM). I recently completed my Masters in Psychology and have a passion for Kaupapa Māori and Mana Wahine research. My research interests include Māori health and wellbeing, media representation and fostering Māori success within tertiary studies. I am currently delving into new interests and working on a study looking at the relationship between stable housing and reducing reoffending. I also tutor a postgraduate paper, Foundations of Māori Health at Te Kupenga Kauora Māori.

If there is anything you would like to find out about NMTM please do not hesitate to contact me on


Dr Hope Tupara


Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, nei ra te mihi maioha ki nga maunga me nga awa i waenga i a koutou.
Ki nga tini aitua kei tua o te arai, haere, haere, whakangaro atu ra.
Huri noa ki a koutou aku tuakana, aku teina e tau nei, ma tatau te ringa kaha hei whakanui i te tu Maori, te kanohi Maori, te wairua Maori ano hoki ki roto o te whakawhanau pepi puta noa i te motu.
Kaua e waihoa te whakatika mo te iwi ke
E hika ma tenei te kauwhau mai i tenei uri o Mataatua waka, o Horouta, o Ngatokimatawhaorua
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.


Lavinia McGee-Repia

Whānau Representative

Tena Koutou katoa

Ko Onekainga me Hirakimata oku maunga,
Ko Wairahi te awa me te Moananui o Toi Te Huatahi te moana,
Ko Whakapaumahara me Rehua oku tupuna whare,
Ko Ngati Rehua te hapu
Ko Ngatiwai te iwi,
Ko Lavinia McGee-Repia ahau

Currently I am working as Whānau Ora Kaiarahi at Manurewa Marae. I am motivated, have a warped sense of humour, task-oriented, and proficient.  As a Māori wahine I stand tall and proud in my heritage, I am enthusiastic, and confident. I have a desire to provide the upmost quality of service. My greatest achievements thus far is my seven children and 13 grandchildren, family means everything to me. I am grateful for the opportunity of being a Consumer Rep for Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau.


Jana Kite

Third Year Student Representative

Ko Tawhitirahi te maunga
Ko Te Awapuka te awa
Ko Pārengarenga te moana
Ko Māmari te waka
Ko Pōtahi te marae, tōku turangawaewae
Ko Te Aupōuri tōku iwi, tōku here tangata
No Te Kao tōku kainga
Ko Jana Ngaromutu Willmott Kite tōku ingoa

A bit about me:
I am one of five siblings who grew up in many different locations across Aotearoa. We finally settled on Auckland’s North Shore after years in Wellington and South Auckland, being one of the low numbers of māori families on the North Shore did not come without its’ struggles. I have always been lucky enough to keep in touch with my roots and heritage through kaupapa waka at Waitangi and always being on our whenua in the far north. I have been raised in a very matriarchal-minded whānau, a large immediate family with at least 70% being women. This upbringing has given me an overwhelming respect for womankind and all that they represent in this world as Te Whare Tangata. I believe that women are strong individuals with the drive and ability to achieve the unachievable in this world, I believe Midwifery holds the key to the support and advocacy of womanhood in a health context and I have always wanted to be a part of that. I felt a calling and I knew that midwifery is where I needed to be.

I am currently at the beginning of my third year in the Bachelor of Health Science Midwifery at Auckland University of Technology, South Campus. My current role of Ngā Māia Ki Tamaki Makaurau student representative has brought me out of my shell and it has shown me the path to strive and be the driving force of positive change, for which I am eternally grateful. I also hold the roles of Tauira Horomata (māori midwifery student mentor) employed by Auckland University of Technology and I am also an AUT midwifery student representative. The role of Tauira Horomata is a new one but one that is essential in ensuring ongoing tuakana / teina knowledge sharing and support. I believe that being in these leadership roles are essential for the advocacy of māori, adds to its advancement and ensures representation where change can be made for the better.


Lisa Nathan

Third Year Student Representative

Ko Tawhitirahi me Rangiota te māunga
Ko Te Awa poka me Awaroa to awa
Ko Parengarenga me Whāngāpe te moana
Ko Māmari te waka
Ko Ngāti Haua te hapu
Ko Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa me Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Potahi me Te Kotahitanga te marae
Ko Lisa Nathan tōku ingoa

I am a mature student of both Māori and Cook Island Māori descent. I am currently studying in my third year of a 3-year undergraduate degree in bachelor’s in health science Midwifery Programme at Auckland University of Technology [AUT]. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Manukau, which I call Tāmaki Makaurau my home. I am a proud māmā of two amazing children and one mokopuna, who I say inspire me every day. I am an active student representative for Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau Māori Midwives from 2017-2019.

If you had asked me 3 years ago what my dream career would be, I would not have answered midwifery. But if asked now, with radiate confidence and enthusiasm as I speak of the passion I have for helping others, and the purpose and excitement that working with hapū māmā, pēpi and whanau has brought to my life. My life changed when I became pregnant with my second pēpi in 2014. The knowledge and skills my midwife possessed and the support and aroha she gave me was what prompted my enthusiasm and drive to explore a career in midwifery. In addition, whilst on maternity leave my employer lost a tender process, creating uncertainty around my employment. The prospect of redundancy is often a stressful situation, but for myself, who is resilient and optimistic, this was viewed as an opportunity to spend a year enjoying time with my new pēpi and allowed my desire to become a midwife to grow.

I began my study journey at AUT in Applied Science Level 4, 2016 then went on to complete a Certificate in Health Support Programme Level 4, 2016 at New Zealand Careers College (now renamed as NZMA). Gaining entrance into these courses has not only given me the foundation into Health Science but has helped to my advantaged to earn a place in my first year at AUT Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery 2017. Furthermore, I’m privileged to be the first member of my close whanau to attend university.

Since starting my midwifery journey in 2017, I can describe studying as a roller coaster of highs and lows, emotions, tears and laughter. When reflecting on the past 2 years, I can say “midwifery is a pathway filled with psychological and physical challenges. One of my favourite moments has been reaching the third year of the degree, something I look back on with a strong sense of relief and achievement. “I am deeply thankful to my whānau, children and all the people who walk beside me on this journey”.

I intend to join the Counties Manukau midwifery workforce in the near future.

I can be contacted at

Rikki Gage

Second Year Student Representative

Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa.
Ko Pūtauaki te maunga.
Ko Toroa te marae.
Ko Ngāti Awa tōku iwi.
Ko Te Patuwai ki Motiti tōku hapū.
No Whakatāne me Hauraki ahau
Ko Rikki Gage tōku ingoa.

Kia ora kōutou katoa.

My name is Rikki Gage. I am from Whakatane, Motiti Island and Hauraki. I currently reside in Clendon Park, Manurewa with my whanau of 5. I started my journey of re-education through Te Wananga o Aōtearoa and completed a level 4 certificate in Te Reo Māori.

In 2016 at NZMA, I completed a Level 4 Certificate in Healthcare and Support. I then went on to become a student at AUT South Campus. I am a current Year 2 Maori midwifery student undertaking a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery. Whānau, Wāhine me ngā pēpi, is my driving force as to why I chose to become part of the future Māori midwifery workforce.

I have been a Ngā Maia o Aotearoa member since 2016. I am also a current year 2 student representative for Ngā Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau. I am passionate about understanding and creating ways to improve Māori Health, being able to work alongside whānau, iwi and hapū and providing support to our fellow Māori midwifery students.

My email address is for further queries.


Arana Komene

Second Year Student Representative

Ko Arana Komene tōku ingoa
No Te Rarawa ahau
Kei Tāmaki Makarau ahau e noho ana
He tauira ahau, ki AUT o Manukau
Tēnā koutou katoa

As a second year midwifery tauira, the past year has been challenging yet rewarding, and my experience thus far has solidified my decision to transition from a corporate career in shipping to a community based pathway in midwifery.

Māori health and development are part of my core motivations and inspirations as I establish myself as a future midwife, however, I thoroughly enjoy working with the diversity and complexity of wāhine and whānau from many cultures and walks of life.

I acknowledge the other wāhine Māori enrolled in the midwifery degree. It is a pleasure to be a part of a roopu that has a genuine passion for Māori development, which is demonstrated everyday through the continuous whānaungatanga and manaakitanga toward one another, as well as being avid role models in the community.

And to all the amazing role models we are fortunate to have teaching and guiding us on this incredible journey – ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Become A Member
We welcome and encourage all midwives, student midwives and whānau (consumers) to join our rōpu. If you would like to become a member please email and we will send you a membership form and membership fee payment details.

Annual membership fees:
Midwife – $100.00
Student Midwife, Whānau, Consumer, Kaumātua – $30.00

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Contact us
If you have any enquiries, please contact:
Megan Tahere 027 3669358
Kaniwa Kupenga 021 02891937
Puti Baker 022 0109650


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