Papaarangi Reid

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Papaarangi Reid

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For more than 30 years, Professor Papaarangi Reid has courageously called out inequality and disparity for Māori in Aotearoa. A specialist in public health medicine with a research focus on analysing disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous populations, Professor Reid is known for her work holding the Crown to account for Māori health inequities. She is fearless at naming racism and the ongoing, damaging effects of colonisation for Māori in health and other social indicators of wellbeing.

Reid is also a recognised leader in developing the Māori health and research workforce and she advocates for the right of Māori to be part of the solution to improving their own health outcomes. From the time when she was the only Māori in her medical school class, she has been aware of the need to redress the imbalance. 

In 2017, she took up the position of Tumuaki and Head of Department of Māori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Reid previously held the Directorship of Te Rōpū Hauora Rangahau a Eru Pōmare at the Wellington School of Medicine. In these roles she has inspired emerging Māori health leaders and workers. Recognised internationally for her work, Professor Papaarangi Reid is a Commissioner on the World Health Organisation Commission for maternal, infant and child health.

In this excerpt from a Te Karere bulletin Reid responds to Te Oranga o Ngā Tamariki Māori research findings that the lives of 70 Māori children could be saved each year if healthcare was affordable for all New Zealanders.

Find out more about Papaarangi Reid:

Watch the inaugural lecture by Professor Papaarangi Reid: Politics, Power and Personality – prioritising Māori health, 8 August 2018.

Check out her profile on the 100 Māori Leaders website. 

Image: Screengrab, Papaarangi Reid, Te Karere, courtesy of TVNZ.

Catalogue Reference TZP16964

Year 2012


Reporter: Raiha Johns

Excerpt: 00:00:57

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