Te Akoranga a Māui
Te Akoranga a Māui is the College’s Māori representative group. With more than 200 members, they are proud to be the first indigenous representative group established in any Australian or New Zealand medical college.
All College members who self-identity as Māori and have Māori whakapapa automatically belong to the group.
This Māori GP representative group provides support and whanaungatanga for our membership, and cultural and clinical advice on Māori health issues through its representation on the College Board and committees.
Te Akoranga a Māui is led by Kaihutū | Chair Dr Rachel Mackie (Ngāti Wai) and Kaihutū Tuarua | Deputy Chair Dr Jason Tuhoe (Hauraki, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Pikiao).
Māori GPs and rural hospital doctors are offered support from the College in several ways. Read about how we tautoko our registrars and Fellows.
About the name Te Akoranga a Māui
The name of Te Akoranga a Māui holds special significance for its members and for the College. Māui refers to Tā Māui Pōmare, the first Māori doctor to graduate from any medical school, and Akoranga means teaching, learning and education. Tā Māui Pōmare was one of the early Māori leaders, educated in the 1890’s, who went on to assume positions of leadership both in the Māori and Pākehā worlds.