Academic Board

The Academic Board is responsible for the overall performance of the Te Rau Matatau reporting to the Chief Executive and Board of Te Rau Ora. Its powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities are set out in the Education and Training Act 2020.

Academic Board Profiles

Dr Maria Baker (PhD)

Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa

Maria is the CEO for Te Hiku Hauora that serves Muriwhenua, she was previously the CEO for Te Rau Ora (2017-2023).   Maria trained as a registered nurse and draws on over 20-years in Hauora Māori with a special interest in  mental health (adult), added to by her doctorate research in Māori experience of mental illness and mental health services. Maria has invested her professional energies in Māori  health workforce development and innovation to bring about change in the wellbeing system.  She has held leadership roles in rural and urban settings. Maria has  experience in tertiary and vocational education development and provision. She has been involved at grassroots community levels with programme co-design, development, implementation, research and evaluation.

External Expert Advisors

Sir Mason Durie ONZ KNZM

Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitane

Durie graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1963. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry from McGill University, Canada. For over 40 years, he has been at the forefront of a transformational approach to Māori health and has played major roles in building the Māori health workforce through Massey University and Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini). In 1990, Durie was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. In 2002, he was awarded a Doctor of Literature from Massey University and in 2008 received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Otago University. In the 2001 New Year Honours, Durie was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to Māori. In the 2010 New Year Honours, he was promoted to Knight Companion. In the 2021, he was appointed to the Order of New Zealand for services to New Zealand. Mason is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Humanities Council of New Zealand Academy. He has published widely and has regularly presented keynote addresses at Iwi, national and international conferences.

Te Puea Winiata

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Tūhoe, Tainui

Te Puea trained as an Addictions Counsellor and later as a Care and Protection Social Worker to move into a role of Senior Social Work Competency Practitioner before moving into management about 25 years ago.

She managed Community Alcohol and Drug services including a methadone service in South Auckland for Waitemata Health. While there she led the development of a kaupapa Māori Addiction service, Te Atea Marino. Moving into Primary Care in 2009 as a private consultant, she was appointed as the Chief Executive of Turuki Health Care in 2010.

Te Puea has been involved in Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini) from its inception and is currently the Chair of Te Rau Ora Company Board of Directors. She is also community representative on two committees for the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists and has a passion for increasing access for whānau to quality primary mental health services.