Hui a-Tau & Scientific Conference 2020

Hui a-Tau & Scientific Conference 2020 (Online), 6th November 2020


Huihuia ngā tōpito o te motu! Haumi ē! Hui ē! Tāiki ē! 

Rejuvenation with Reconnection!

As we came to the end of 2020, we reflected on one of the most extraordinary years of our lives as Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) members, as Te Iwi Māori.  The COVID19 pandemic has bestowed an array of challenges upon many.  The enforced isolation saw an unprecedented displacement of education and economy to the kitchen table, and the deep sadness of mourning loved ones alone.  Our exposure to inequity, injustice and overt racism was highlighted during this time, and the latter drives hunger to extinguish the characteristics of long, sustained oppression. 

Taking the opportunity to express tino rangatiratanga, we reminded Aotearoa exactly ‘what’s up’! Our Te ORA Taumata lead the Kaupapa Maori public health response with Te Roopu Whakakaupapa Urutā, and many of us worked tirelessly in circumstance of concern.  Be that the CBAC frontline or slums of social media.  We felt pride seeing and hearing Te Iwi Māori protecting our own from the misgivings of te urutā, by disseminating hope within communities.  This hope permeated our whakapapa too.  Papatūānuku had some relief too.  Her breath was palpable in the revived song of our manu, Ranginui was cleansed of mechanical toxin and the shorelines welcomed Hinemoana’s touch.  There was some short-lived beauty with this beast.

Our hui this year was not our norm, much like the year that was.  Te ORA itself had been under stress, but we performed outstandingly.  As Te ORA members we reconnected and re-energised.  Our wero of effecting equity remains, and the kaha demanded to pursue further surges of the virus is ever present.  Bringing us together will reset our mauri and reinvigorate the fire within that seeks to suffocate the scourge of systemic racism!

 Ka whawhai tonu matou! Ake! Ake! Ake!

Te ORA Online Conference Presentations 2020

Professor David Tipene-Leach,  Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāti Kere, Ngāti Manuhiri, MNZM, Kaihautu/Chairperson, Te ORA

Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa – The Impact Factor

Professor Tipene-Leach discusses Viability, Visibility and Credibility, How did we do.

Professor Papaarangi Reid,  Te Rarawa

Te Uruta and the COVID-19 response

Professor Jo Baxter

Medical Admissions at Otago

‘Ka Whawhai Tonu Tataou’

Dr Curtis Walker

“Health Equity is the New Black – and Black Lives Matter”

Dr Rawiri Jansen, Ngati Raukawa

Mauri Mate – A Maori Palliative Care Framework

WAI2575 – Kaupapa Enquiry

Associate Professor Sue Crengle, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu

Bowels, Lungs and ‘Politics’

Associate Professor Elana Curtis, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa

“Shifting from cultural ‘competency’ to ‘safety’: lessons for worldwide Indigenous health inequities”


Useful / Related links

Ngakau Ora Awardestablished in honour of the late Dr Paratene Ngata recognizes those who have given a high level of service, mentorship and support to Māori doctors and medical students.

Tony Ruakere Iwi Health Award, acknowledges a Maori Medical Practitioner who has dedicated their services to Iwi Health.


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