Māori Advisory Board

The Māori Advisory Board for Brain Research New Zealand - Rangahau Roro Aotearoa collectively offer their consultative expertise in matters relating to research that improves the health outcomes for older Māori. One of the objectives of the board is to promote the funding of research that directly relates to neurodegenerative disorders with impact upon Māori. Furthermore, they provide guidance on ways that BRNZ can improve their staffing and researcher recruitment to the CoRE, in order that BRNZ can fully leverage the expertise of Māori researchers, professional staff and students.  

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(Chair) The Venerable Lloyd Nau Popata

Archdeacon of Tamaki Makaurau, Pou Tikanga

From Ngati Kahu, the Venerable Lloyd Popata is Priest in Charge of the pastorate of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Grafton. Archdeacon Popata assists in developing Selwyn’s Tikanga policy, building cultural awareness to enhance its Mission to deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their Whanau. He also provides guidance on facilitating better outcomes for the ageing Kaumatua and Kuia within New Zealand society in general.

Te Kaanga Skipper

Te Kaanga Skipper

From Tainui, Te Kaanga Skipper is employed at Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau within the Kaupapa Māori Disability Support Service ( Korowai Aroha).

In the past, Te Kaanga has worked as the coordinator of the MAPAS scheme and the Māori and Pacific Unit at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Her role within the Māori Advisory Board is to provide insights and knowledge gleaned from decades of working with the Māori community in South Auckland. Currently Te Kaanga is the Trustee for Te Puea Marae in Mangere. She is chair of both the Te Paa Harakeke Kohanga Reo and Mangere Piriti Urupa and an advisory member of the Manukau Police Hub. 

Dr Waiora Port

Dr Waiora Port


From Te Aupouri Ngāti Pinaki, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Maroki, Dr Port is a respected Kuia with long-standing community knowledge of Māori health issues.

Dr Port was awarded her PhD in 2007 after investigating the cultural and spiritual issues around DNA testing for Māori with a genetic predisposition to cancer.

She has served on many advisory committees such as the Kaunihera Kaumātua of ADHB, ACART, Toi Te Tai Ao: The Bioethics Council, Te Hau Mihi Atu, and is called on in an advisory capacity in many research projects which involve Māori.


Dr Hinemoa Elder

Māori Strategy Leader (Kaiwhakahaere Māori)


From  Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, Dr Hinemoa Elder is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and Professorial Fellow of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. She currently holds an Health Research Council of NZ  Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellowship implementing her theoretical work in developing a Māori needs assessment tool and approaches to working with whānau experiencing traumatic brain injury. She has many years of experience in the areas of child and adolescent psychiatry, indigenous issues pertaining to mental health and rehabilitation, neuropsychiatry and youth forensic psychiatry.  She is an internationally recognised researcher and author.

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Associate Professor Papaarangi M J Reid

DipComH, BSc, MBChB, DipObst, FNZCPHM

From Te Rarawa, Assoc Prof Reid is Tumuaki and Head of Department of Māori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine.

Assoc Prof Reid has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring government commitment to indigenous rights.

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Dr Emma Wyeth

Dr Emma Wyeth

BSc(Hons) PhD

Dr Emma Wyeth is the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and a Lecturer in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. She has a range of research interests within the field of hauora Māori.

Dr Wyeth currently holds a Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Emerging Researcher First Grant (2014–2017) entitled Māori Disability Outcomes: Pathways and Experiences After Injury.

She is also a Co-Investigator (Māori Health) in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972–1973.   

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Dr Louise Parr Brownlie 


From Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Pikiao, Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie is the Kaiārahi at the Otago School of Medical Sciences at the University of Otago. She a Neurophysiologist, lecturer and Principal Investigator for Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) along with the University of Otago’s Brain Health Research Centre. In collaboration with BRNZ colleague Dr Stephanie Hughes, Dr Parr-Brownlie’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie voluntary movements and the movement deficits of Parkinson’s disease.

“Being a Māori scholar fundamentally affects the way I work. It affects my approach toward the students and staff I am responsible for in my lab, and the way I conduct my research. I really want to see other Māori researchers come through if this is the career they choose,” she explains.

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Professor Mike Walker 

BSc, MSc, PhD 

Professor Michael Walker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Royal Institute of Navigation in London. He is best known for his research on the existence, capacities and use of the magnetic sense in navigation over long distances. Recently, he has developed research investigating the mechanisms of the lunar and tidal rhythms in marine organisms. He also led another NPM projects He Reo no te Whenua:The establishment of a Māori-centric conservation paradigm and Use of advanced technologies to develop culturally appropriate pest-management strategies for rural Māori communities. Over the last 20 years, Professor Walker has also worked to increase participation of Māori and Pacific Island people in all aspects of the sciences and research. Professor Walker was a founding Joint Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga from 2002-2010. His personal research and work in Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga were profiled in the journal Science (318, 904-7) in 2007 and he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.