Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa
Board of Trustees
Nga Maia Board consists of a CEO and 5 Board Members: three representing the North Island, and two for the South Island;
elected for a term of three years.
Nga Maia ki Tai Tokerau - Acting Chair
Ko Whangatauatia te Maunga
Ko Karirikura te Moana
Ko Te Ohaki / Roma te Marae
Ko Te Rarawa, Nga Puhi, Ngati Hine ōku Iwi
Ko Ngati Pakahi te Hapu
Ko Nopera Arano tāku tupuna
Ko Tana Arano me Joy Dolan tōku matua
Ko Bill Downs tōku Rangatira
Ko Pauline Allan-Downs tōku ingoa
I live in Whangarei, Te Tai Tokerau / Northland.
I am a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing, currently have a small business providing Reflexology and first light flower essence / rongoā Māori and am a PXP Purple Rice distributor.
I am a mother of 4 and 1 stepson we have 22 mokopuna.
My experience in the health sector: representative on nursing boards Te Rūnanga O Aotearoa, NZNO; elected member Northland District Health Board served three terms as a director, member of Māori governors, President Māori Women’s Welfare League Whangarei branch, Sport Northland Māori advisory member. I have been an active member of Te Kahu wahine Māori Midwives Te Taitokerau for over ten years. I have a passion for our mothers, and babies have the best care possible in the best environment possible that our Māori Midwives and student midwives are supported in the best possible way.
I have been a current board member of Nga Maia for the past three years, and I am happy to continue representing the members for another term. As a board member we have increased membership, developed an MOU with NZCOM, Trust Deed changes, Reviewed and handed over of Tūranga Kaupapa training.
Nga Maia ki Kahungunu
Ko Kahuranaki tōku Maunga
Ko Ngaruroro tōku Awa
Ko Takitimu tōku Waka
Ko Kahungunu tōku Iwi
Ko Ngati Poporo tōku hapu
Ko Mangaroa tōku Marae
Ko Wayne tōku tane
Ko Ripeka tāku ingoa.
As a home birther myself, one of my greatest joys has been birthing my moko at home. There have been five generations of Ormsbys born at our whānau home, which is something not all Māori women have the opportunity to do. I am mindful that my midwifery practice includes the most vunerable Māori women in the community. I bring to Nga Maia the many voices of these women and I'm excited to be a part of Nga Maia Māori Midwives.
We live at our marae, Kohupatiki. We have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
Sarah-Anne Waihoaka Wills
Nga Maia ki Te Waipounamu
Ko Aoraki tōku maunga
Ko Waitaki tōku awa
Ko Takitimu tōku waka
Ko Ngāi Tahu, ko Waitaha, ko Ngāti Māmoe ōku iwi
Ko Te Rau Aroha, ko Ōtākou, ko Tuahiwi ōku marae
Ko Tahu Potiki te whare tupuna
Ko Reginald Wills rāua ko Makareta Puwai Te Otomarewa Fowler ōku tupuna
Ko Joseph Peter Te Rakiwhakaputa Wills tōku pāpā
Ko Raewyn Anne Wills tōku māmā
Ko Sarah-Anne Waihoaka Wills tōku ingoa
Ko Peter Royce Mischewski tōku tāne
Ko Cale Wiremu Karaitana Wills tōku tama
I am currently employed with Te Puawaitangi ki Ōtautahi Trust as Health Promotor, facilitating the Whānau Mai Kaupapa Māori Antenatal Pregnancy & Parenting Program and administration support for the Wahakura Wānanga Workshops here in Ōtautahi.
I am a registered midwife and practiced in the community for 6 years until June 2018. I am passionate about supporting wāhine and whānau to be the positive leaders in their pregnancy journey, however, have also supported many at risk whānau and understand the challenges that they can face day to day.
I have lived 32 of my years within a rural community of the Chatham Islands. This remote rural location has given me the tools to deal with rural location adversities, and the importance of working as a community. During this time, I worked in the Tourism sector as a Reservations Manager for the local airline and an accommodation manager for a local lodge. I also volunteered on the St Johns Ambulance for 8 years while living on the island.
I moved to Wellington in 2003 and worked as the Conference Food & Beverage Manager for the Museum Hotel. Following the birth of my son Cale in 2005, I decided to follow my dream to support Māori whānau, wāhine and pēpi. I commence my Bachelor of Midwifery and entered the midwifery profession, where is practiced as a Māori LMC Midwife for six years.
In my current role I support whānau to connect with whakapapa, atua, environment through Kauapapa Māori Pregnancy and Parenting Education. A program that my collegues and I have developed and are proud of.
Jean Te Huia
Ko Ngati Kahungunu tōku iwi
Ko Hinetemoa raua Ko Te Whatuiapiti tōku marae
Ko Kahuranaki raua ko Kawehei te maunga
Ko Tukituki te awa
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Katarina Jean Te Huia āhau
MA Nursing, PG Dip Midwifery. PG Dip Public Health, PG Dip Primary Health Tamariki Ora, PG Dip Sexual and Reproductive Health. Lactation Consultant