Mahia, the new health practitioner member has iwi affiliations to Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa and Ngai Tahu. Since qualifying as a midwife at AIT in the mid 90’s, Mahia has practised across the midwifery practice environment, including home birth and DHB core midwifery.

In June 2015, she became the Team Leader of the Māori midwifery team which focuses on ensuring that Māori women receive clinically and culturally appropriate midwifery care. Mahia’s current role is working at AUT as Māori Midwifery Liaison Midwife.

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Mahia was appointed to the Midwifery Council in 2018.