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Tracey Wright-Tawha, PGDip

Born in Gore and raised in Southland with mana whenua whakapapa links taking her into the heart of Oraka Aparima and Rakiura, Tracey is deeply committed to Maori health and well being. Equality, equity of access is a key driver. Founder and CEO since inception, Tracey has developed a wide range of kaupapa Maori services over the last 16 years at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu, with the big achievement establishing a very low cost general practice. Employing 55 staff and delivering in excess of 49,000 interventions per annum Tracey is clear “it is a huge privilege and responsibility to walk with our people, one I protect fiercely – my mission is connecting whanau with resources, ideas and energy for wellbeing and independence”. Working from a belief that all things in life are connected, Ki Uta Ki Tai from the Mountains to the Sea and everywhere in between. Tracey is widowed, has two amazing adult children, is a keen British Bulldog enthusiast, photographer, artist and in her later years has focused on study and travel.