Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi

From the early 1980s Dame Naida Glavish has been involved in the affairs of Māori in education and health. As the Chief Advisor Tikanga Māori Health for Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards (DHBs), Dame Glavish leads the organisation in managing relationships with Mana Whenua and Iwi Māori from a tikanga (Māori cultural) perspective. Dame Glavish was the catalyst behind the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these two DHBs and Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua. She has championed appropriate cultural support for Māori patients, led the writing, development and implementation of bicultural policies and the ‘tikanga best practice’ policy, which is used nationally across many DHBs in Aotearoa and some private sector organisations. Ms Glavish is the Chair of the Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua Iwi (tribe) and is involved with a range of Iwi, government and community organisations, as well as the Cultural Advisor to Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall. She is also an advisor to the Ombudsman Office and the Chief Ombudsman Advisory Panel - Pūhara Mana Tangata. In January 2021 she was appointed by Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Children, to the newly established Ministerial Advisory Board for Oranga Tamariki.

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