Te Kete Pounamu National Leadership 

“Kia tū kotahi tātou kia purea ai tātou e ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea”

We stand in unity for our future wellbeing and health solutions

Te Kete Pounamu National Leadership

Te Kete Pounamu is a specialist unit within Te Rau Ora to help foster, grow, and support Māori living with experiences of mental health or addiction-related issues.

Te Kete Pounamu was formed in 2015 following a social movement to address increasing concern of the use of harmful restrictive practices on Māori and the increasing inequities in Māori Health and Wellbeing.

Since their formation, Te Kete Pounamu has established regional networks spanning the length and breadth of Aotearoa. They have enhanced lived experience leadership and advocated for systematic change across the health and social sectors. Delivered Maori Lived Experience Leadership and Workforce development programs. Today they continue to advocate for Māori to receive high-quality care and support, while also supporting the development of services that are by whaiora Māori, for whaiora Māori.

The key drivers for Te Kete Pounamu are to:

  • Provide Māori with lived experience, independent forums to come together to whanaungatanga, to kōrero in their regions and share regional aspirations
  • Ensure Māori with lived experience of mental distress and addiction inform and influence systemic change that responds to the needs of Māori
  • Expose and challenge bias and institutional racism
  • Strengthen workforce development for Māori with lived experience
  • Advocate for Māori to receive high-quality care and support from mental health and addiction services

The national leadership roopu members are:

  • Wi Te Tau Huata, Chair
  • Hori Kingi, Kaumātua
  • Leilani Maraku
  • Gloria Sheridan
  • Barry Bublitz
  • Rose Heta-Minhinnick
  • Joanne Henare
  • Kelli-Anne Te Huki
  • Rihari Tekoti
  • Tania Noa
  • Jimika-Ley Titoko

For more information

  • Call the Te Kete Pounamu team on 0800 POUNAMU (0800 7686 268)

2 Cameron Street, Kaiwharawhara

+64 4 473 9591 or 0800 628 284


About Us

To improve Māori Health through leadership, education, research and evaluation, health workforce development and innovative, systemic transformation. We strengthen Māori health and wellbeing through nationally navigated and locally led solutions.