E whakanuitia ana te rangatiratanga o ngā tangata whaiora (Celebrating Māori Lived Experience Leadership)

Tui Taurua

Ngāti Kawa, Ngāti Rehia, Ngāti Rahiri, Ngāpuhi nui tonu


Tui’s healing and empowering the voices of tangata whaiora pathways interweaves with the journey of her moko kauae. Receiving her moko kauae gave her the strength to find her voice. The courage to speak of her journey to hell and back, to inspire change for herself and other tangata whaiora—the determination to live and be happy in the presence of mental health challenges.


Tui was part of the national rōpū He Puna Rangatira to host the first Māori National Tangata Whaiora Conference in 2007. She has held many roles in the mental health sector; a kaiāwhina, consumer advisor, campaign coordinator, project lead and community support worker.


Tui works locally, regionally and nationally. She is self-employed, working with Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Te Kete Pounamu and the Kingi Taurua Foundation to advocate for and transform the way services work with and for tangata whaiora.


She lives in Waitangi and as told by her:

“It’s wonderful to be home, where my tupuna walked

The sea looks amazing, and the sea is still warm

My tupuna have walked the paths of this place

I’m safe now, living where I belong.”

Nā Tui Taurua, 2013.


She is an amazing, open-hearted wahine Māori with the grit and determination to make real differences with and for tangata whaiora. Nō reira e te wahine rangatira, tēnā koe, tēnā tātau katoa.


Terri Cassidy


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