Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee

Te Manu Mātārae

The Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee ǀ Te Manu Mātārae is made up of seven people. They represent all the different scopes of practice (as well as lay people) from consumers of health care services, to assist with reviewing key standards and codes of conduct. They also provide advice to the Board.

The Board is responsible under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 for protecting the public of Aotearoa | New Zealand by providing ways to ensure that practitioners are fit and competent to practise. There are specific requirements under section 118i to set standards of clinical competence and cultural competence (including competencies that will allow effective and respectful interaction with Māori).

The Committee wanted a name to fit the team and purpose of the work they do, while also looking to the future. Team members come from across the motu and committed to choosing a name that the majority were comfortable with.

Te Manu Mātārae refers to the lead bird that is identified when a flock of manu are migrating over a long distance. This lead bird does work for the rest of the flock following - it holds this position for a period of time (until  tiring), before handing the role over to the next lead bird.

Pare Graham - Co-Chair and Psychologist

Pare was appointed to the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB) Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee (now called Te Manu Mātārae) in July 2023. He uri ia noo Waikato-Tainui, Ngaa Puhi, Te Arawa, me Ngaati Kahungunu.

Pare has a background in Education and Developmental Psychology - currently working as an intern psychologist at Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga. Her passions include supporting Māori advancement, upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and advocating for equitable outcomes for Māori.

Allanah Harrington - Co-Chair and Cardiac Sonographer

Allanah was appointed to the Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee (now called Te Manu  Mātārae) in 2023. She has been working in the Cardiac Sonography profession for over seven years, in both the public and private sectors.

Allanah is an advocate for the Cardiac Sonography profession and is devoted to improving Māori health outcomes, embedding cultural safety, and increasing Māori in her workforce. Her interests include Cardiology, Neuroscience and Clinical Research, with a focus on indigenous health.

Allanah has a Master's degree in Clinical Neuroscience from the University Otago. Her work as the Māori Clinical Researcher in the Health Research Council study, established the appropriateness of echocardiographic reference ranges in Māori and Pacific New Zealanders.

Allanah is passionate about the clinical and research link between Cardiology and Neuroscience and has plans to complete her PhD, focusing on a Te Ao Māori framework.  

Moana Tipene-Boyd - Medical Imaging Technologist

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Rangitāne, ko Te Whānau-a-Apanui ngā iwi, ko Moana Tipene-Boyd ahau.

Moana currently resides in Palmerston North with her young family. She completed her Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) training in 2020.

In recent years Moana has gravitated towards education where she has worked at the Pūhoro STEMM Academy, and now currently at Universal College of Learning (UCOL) | Te Pūkenga as a lecturer.

Moana enjoys sharing knowledge with the students - ngā rangatira mō āpōpō (leaders for tomorrow). She’s also passionate about increasing the number of Māori within the profession.  

Kiriana Maxwell - Medical Imaging Technologist

Kiriana was appointed to the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB) Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee (now called Te Manu Mātārae) in 2023. Having qualified as a Medical Imaging Technologist (MIT) at Auckland District Health Board (as it was called then) in 2018, Kiriana continues to further her knowledge and skills as an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Trainee working across Auckland City, Starship and Greenlane Hospital.  

In addition to this she’s also the new Māori Health Lead for Clinical Support Services at Te Toka Tūmai. This position allows Kiriana to focus on improving Māori health outcomes, embedding cultural safety, and increasing Māori in her workforce.  

Kiriana is a keen advocate of the MRI profession and has just returned from maternity leave to complete her post graduate studies.   

Georgia Nankivell (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa) - Radiation Therapist

Georgia has worked as a Radiation Therapist (RT) at Auckland City Hospital since 2016. During this time she’s developed a strong focus on supporting Māori health equity within radiation oncology.

 Georgia has a special interest in cultural safety and mana-enhancing quality improvements in the clinical space, and is passionate about working alongside whānau Māori coming for radiation treatment from the wider Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau regions. 

Stephanie Kahika - Medical Imaging Technologist

Steffi works as an advanced Senior Mammographer for Canterbury Breastcare based in Otautahi.  

She is one of five in Australasia practicing in specialised Stereotactic Biopsies, governing a team, and regularly attends multidisciplinary meetings to discuss biopsy results. 

Steffi loves her work role and is passionate about Māori being present in healthcare as well as accessing services. 

Becoming an advisory member to the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB), Steffi hopes to connect with likeminded tangata and continue to bridge the gap between Māori and better health outcomes. 

Shannon Ioane-Moala - Lay member

Shannon was appointed to the Medical Radiation Technologists Board in November 2022. And more recently to Te Manu Mātārae.

She is a registered Senior Hospital Play Specialist supporting paediatric patients and their whānau in Radiology (Starship Childrens Hospital) and Radiation Therapy (Auckland City Hospital). Her work has a particular focus in reducing the need for sedation to achieve both medical imaging (particularly MRI & CT) and Radiotherapy through play-based learning.

Shannon has presented her work at the University of Auckland, NZ Course in Paediatric Radiology and NZ General Paediatrics Forum. She has a special interest in cultural safety and engagement, paediatric and whānau outcomes and representation of Māori and Pasifika in the profession.