Kia ora, I have worked at WHA for the past ten years, having joined the team as Policy Analyst in 2008 and was appointed Senior Policy Analyst in 2012. My current role is as a part-time consultant as I am also undertaking my PhD in Sociology at the University of Auckland on issues related to women’s health care in Aotearoa New Zealand. My current role at WHA includes consultations and submission writing, representing health consumer issues at various levels of the health system, researching and writing on various health issues, and promoting the importance of critical gender analysis in health promotion, public health and health service provision. I have a special interest in women’s sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice; weight and size acceptance; ethics of caring; and social justice in health. I am a registered midwife, have a Masters of Philosophy in Women and Gender Studies and am a new parent to a lovely wee person called Bell.
Kia ora, I first joined the Women’s Health Action team as the Health Information Coordinator in 2017. This involves overseeing our health information service, responding to enquiries, sending out resources, and organising our bi-annual Women’s Health Update. I also coordinate some of our events and provide support to staff as needed. I studied Law and Arts at university, majoring in Gender Studies and International law, completing my Masters of Human Rights degree, in 2017. I was given the opportunity to work as one of two Health Promoters at WHA, leading the National Big Latch on for 2018, in addition to working as WHA’s Junior Policy Analyst, in 2018. WHA is a wonderful organisation that empowers women and has given me many opportunities to grow my skill-base and learn from my peers. I value equality, social justice and activism, which are significant attitudes of WHA and am proud to be a staff member.
Kia ora, I joined WHA in 2008 and am currently the Acting Director of WHA and the Maternal and Child Health Manager overseeing our Maternal and Child Health portfolio. I have a background in Public Health and am passionate about supporting services to embrace genuine partnership with consumers to support people centered health care. As a mum of three young children, I am also immersed in the realities of parenting and understand the joys and challenges faced by parents and caregivers.
Ina Te ora o mama- Ka ora te whanau katoa. Kia ora koutou- Ko Tasha Wharerau ahau, no Te Mahurehure ahau. Hi, my name is Tash I am from the Hokianga and live in Paihia. I am a mum of 3 beautiful tamariki, Vijay 15, Julian 10, Jacinta-Lee who is 5. For the past 8 years I have been a breastfeeding advocate for Te Tai Tokerau, as well as a breast and cervical screening support to service. Women’s health is important to me as when mum is in good health the family is in good health for the same reason it makes my heart happy to see mums breastfeed their babies! I am a Health Promoter at Women’s Health Action.