Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau
Nga Maia o Aotearoa Māori Midwives, Auckland Region

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau logo

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangarangatanga tāngata
E mihi atu nei ki a koutou
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Ki wā tātou tini mate, kua tangihia, kua mihia kua ēa
Rātou, ki a rātou, haere, haere, haere
Ko tātou ēnei ngā kanohi ora ki a tātou
Ko tēnei te kaupapa, ‘Oranga Tika’, mo te iti me te rahi
Hei huarahi puta hei hapai tahi mō tātou katoa
Hei oranga mō te katoa
Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

To the authority, and the voices, of all people within the communities
We send greetings to you all
We acknowledge the spirituality and wisdom of those who have crossed beyond the veil
We farewell them
We of today who continue the aspirations of yesterday to ensure a healthy tomorrow, greetings
This is the Plan
Embarking on a journey through a pathway that requires your support to ensure success for all
Greetings, greetings, greetings

Nga Maia o Aotearoa Philosophy
Nga Maia o Aotearoa is the professional organisation representing Māori in the area of maternity services. Maternity services from Nga Maia o Aotearoa perspective is defined as ‘The birthing needs of Māori’ and acknowledges both traditional and contemporary birthing practices. Nga Maia o Aotearoa acknowledges te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand [NZ]. Nga Maia o Aotearoa will protect whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori values and aspirations in ‘Māori Birthing Practices’. This will provide a voice for whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori to participate in maintaining and developing appropriate ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ and will enable professional, collegial and strategically endorsed relationships to develop in partnership with whānau, hapū and Iwi. Nga Maia o Aotearoa recognises the diverse needs of Māori within maternity services; both as providers and recipients. Nga Maia o Aotearoa will endorse the birthing needs of Māori in all areas of the health sector including Māori midwifery recruitment and retention, workforce development and training. Membership includes but is not limited to whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori, Māori health professionals; nurses, midwives, students, lecturers, academics and researchers.

Nga Maia o Aotearoa Vision
Nau Te Whatu Māori (through the eye of Māori).

Nga Maia o Aotearoa Mission
Nga Maia o Aotearoa is committed to ‘Māori Birthing Practices’ that promote the health and wellbeing of Māori in all sectors of the community involved in Maternity services. Nga Maia o Aotearoa embraces te Tiriti o Waitangi and will endeavour to improve the health status of all peoples of NZ, but in particular Māori through participation, partnership and protection in health and social service delivery within maternity services.

About Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau
Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau established in the Auckland Region with our inaugural hui on the 11th March, 2015. Our hui on the 13th May, 2015 saw the election of our Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau Office Holders as a starting point for the formation of our rōpu Committee. We have expanded and strengthened our Committee since, which now consists of Matua Walter Anaru Peita-Wharetohunga as our Kaumatua, Megan Tahere as Chairperson, Kaniwa Kupenga as Deputy Chairperson, Angela Treacy as Secretary, Puti Baker as Treasurer and Lavinia McGee-Repia as our Whānau Representative.

The NZCOM Auckland Region has been of significant support to the establishment of our rōpu by gifting us the usage of the NZCOM Auckland Region Midwifery Resource Centre as a venue to hold our monthly hui, by ensuring that all midwives in the Auckland region are kept updated via ‘Global email’ of our activities, and recently by granting us funding to support our regional activities. All of which are gestures that indicate the NZCOM Auckland Regions’ strong commitment to working in partnership with Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau, and as a rōpu we would like to thank the NZCOM Auckland Region for this commitment and partnership relationship.

Our regional hui occur on the second Wednesday of every month at the New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland Midwifery Resource Centre, Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave Royal Oak from 1800 to 2130 and consist of a Committee Meeting and Regional Business Hui from 1800 to 1930 which all Nga Maia o Aotearoa/Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau members are welcome to attend, followed by a Regional Hui and Education segment from 1930 to 2130 with the programme alternating monthly between having a Guest Speaker and a Discussion Forum where practice and related topics can be discussed and reflected on. Participation in our hui enables midwives to collect MCNZ professional activity and elective education points, depending on the segment attended. We plan to continue providing this space and sharing a blend of mātauranga Māori and midwifery knowledge. All midwives, student midwives and whānau across the motu are welcome to join us to share time, knowledge, thoughts and kai. Nau mai haere mai, piki mai kake mai!

As a rōpu we are proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time. The energy, passion and commitment among our rōpu is something to celebrate, positively aligning the past with the present to provide us with the strength to move into the future. A sense of belonging, unlimited potential and progress for us as Māori midwives, midwifery students and whānau is apparent.

Become A Member
We welcome all new midwife, student midwife and whānau (consumer) to join us. If you would like to become a member please visit our Nga Maia o Aotearoa website to download a membership form.

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Contact us
If you have any enquiries, please contact:
Megan Tahere (Chairperson) 027 3669358
Kaniwa Kupenga (Deputy Chairperson) 021 02891937

Our Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau Committee

Matua Walter Anaru Peita-Wharetohunga


Matua Walter Anaru Peita-Wharetohunga pictured with Whaea Mina Timutimu (NZCOM Kaumatua) at the NZCOM 14th Biennial Conference, 2016.

Megan Tahere


Tēnā koutou katoa,

Ko Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngati Awa, Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi me Ngapuhi tōki Iwi, no Mataatua ahau. Ko Megan Tahere tōku ingoa.

My name is Megan Tahere, I live in Auckland with my husband, our four children and our mokopuna. As an AUT University undergraduate student between 2009 and 2011 I studied a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery alongside a Graduate Certificate in Health Science – Te Ara Hauora Māori, Māori Health. I graduated with both of these qualifications in 2011 and have gone on to complete my Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery in 2015.

I am currently employed as a core staff midwife at Counties Manukau Health [CMH] where I work in Middlemore Hospital’s Maternity Ward. I am also employed by AUT University in the roles of Midwifery Clinical Educator and Māori Midwifery Liaison which is part of a joint venture partnership between AUT University and CMH aimed at reducing the attrition rate of Māori midwifery students so as to increase our Māori midwifery workforce in CMH particularly. I am passionate about the holistic health and wellbeing of wāhine, pēpi and their whānau, and the development of our Māori midwifery workforce, with all of my roles providing me with the opportunity to fulfil my passion and be actively involved in midwifery from multiple perspectives. In addition I am currently the Deputy Chairperson of the New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland Region. Other professional involvements include my role as Māori representative on the Maternity Quality and Safety Governance Group at CMH and the New Zealand College of Midwives Māori representative on the Ministry of Health/Health Workforce New Zealand Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group. I am also a member of the CMH Māori Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Group, Te Roopu Manaakitanga.

I can be contacted by email or via phone 027 3669358.

Deputy Chairperson
Kaniwa Kupenga


Kia ora, ko Kaniwa Kupenga tōku ingoa. Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Waiapu te awa, ko Ngati Porou te iwi.

Tena koe, my name is Kaniwa Kupenga. I am of Māori, European & Asian descent. I studied Midwifery with AUT from 2007-2011. I also undertook Māori Health Environment, Development & Promotion papers during my time as an undergraduate. I took extra time to complete the Midwifery degree as I had my first two children during my studies.

After graduating, I did a six month Delivery Suite new graduate placement at Waikato Hospital and then completed the new graduate programme at Counties Manukau DHB. I then welcomed my 3rd child and whilst on maternity leave, started building up my caseload as an LMC in 2014. I provide primary and secondary care services to predominantly Māori and Pasifika.

I live in central Manukau with my partner, our 3 children, mother and brother in-law, our pet dog and cat.

I am passionate about not only Māori health promotion but also Māori midwifery development and the history of Māori birthing practices and alternative therapies.

I am contactable on 021 028 91937 or via email

Secretary & Treasurer
Puti Baker

Puti Baker

Kia ora
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Mātaatua te waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāti Pūkenga tōku iwi
Ko Puti Baker ahau.

Tēnā koe my name is Puti Baker and I live in Manurewa with my husband and 2 children. I studied midwifery at WINTEC from 2009-2012 and went on to complete the 18 month new graduate programme at Counties Manukau DHB. From 2014 onwards I have been working as an LMC birthing at Middlemore Hospital providing care to women throughout South Auckland, however am currently on maternity leave awaiting the arrival of my 3rd pēpe. I am passionate about developing our Māori midwifery workforce to enhance the wellbeing of wāhine, pēpi and their whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau.

I can be contacted with via email or 02201096

Whānau Representative
Lavinia McGee-Repia

Lavinia McGee-Repia
Tena Koutou katoa

Ko Onekainga me Hirakimata oku maunga,
Ko Wairahi te awa me te Moananui o Toi Te Huatahi te moana,
Ko Whakapaumahara me Rehua oku tupuna whare,
Ko Ngati Rehua te hapu
Ko Ngatiwai te iwi,
Ko Lavinia McGee-Repia ahau

Currently I am working as Whanau Ora Kaiarahi at Manurewa Marae. I am motivated, have a warped sense of humour, task-oriented, and proficient.  As a Māori wahine I stand tall and proud in my heritage, I am enthusiastic, and confident. I have a desire to provide the upmost quality of service. My greatest achievements thus far is my seven children and 13 grandchildren, family means everything to me. I am grateful for the opportunity of being a Consumer Rep for Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau.

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