Dr Maria Baker
Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu, Te Rarawa
Pouwhakahaere Matua (CEO)
I am a Māori Health Professional with over 20 years experience and expertise in Māori Health across Govt and Non-Govt agencies, in rural and urban communities with a special interest in Māori mental health. For over a decade, I have dedicated a career to building and advancing Māori capacity and leadership, especially in health and social care workforces and organisations.
This whakatauki defines much of what I believe in, and in some way is the motivation for what I do. In all places, defining moments, and experiences – that Māori have fought, resisted and succumbed to the various challenges and struggles transcends the most important question in my role:
In the simplest of Māori terms: Will it benefit & strengthen Māori?
This has led me to drive important kaupapa such as Māori health and social workforce development, Māori organisation advancement, antiracism, Māori nursing workforce development and Māori suicide prevention.