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.

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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.