Dr Diana & Tohunga Mark Kopua

Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti

As the developer of Mahi a Atua, Dr Diana Kopua and husband Tohunga Mark Kopua use Māori creation stories and pūrākau to transform mental health frameworks, providing an affirmation of our amazing genealogy and validation for our resilience. Dr Di and Mark are teaching communities of practice an alternative to the Western model, using a culturally sensitive new therapy to address mental distress and suffering amongst Māori. The Mahi a Atua approach has been utilised by multiple practitioners across various sectors within NewZealand society including art, health, education, justice and the social services sector. Both Diana and Mark Kopua are committed to indigenising their respective communities of practice and are pioneers within their fields.

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