TIPU MAHI is a collaborative project that has many stakeholders.

This page contains information about who is involved in TIPU MAHI project work and includes original project documentation which is available to download.
Despite delays to project work due to Covid-19 disruptions in the health sector, the TIPU MAHI Team remain committed to achieving positive outcomes for Māori health workforce development in Te Waipounamu.

The TIPU MAHI Project is a collaboration between the following

Te Herenga Hauora o Te Waka o Aoraki
(Te Herenga Hauora) is the South Island District Health Board Māori General Managers Network with members from each of the five South Island DHBs.
Established in 2001, their purpose is to provide a forum for mutual support and development of common vision, purpose and strategic direction that continue momentum for improved Māori health outcomes, effective Māori participation, and influence in the health sector, locally, regionally and nationally.

Kōhatu, Centre for Hauora Māori at the University of Otago
Kōhatu provides the focus for hauora Māori (Māori health) within Te Kura Whaiora o Ōtepoti / Otago Medical School, and involves teaching, research, Māori strategic development (including workforce and professional development), community networking, and student relationships and support.

South Island Workforce Development Hub (SIWDH)
The South Island Workforce Development Hub works across the South Island health sector to lead and support workforce development, education and training to better meet the health needs of the South Island population.

South Island Alliance Programme Office (SIAPO)
SIAPO supports the 5 South Island District Health Boards (DHBs) Best for People, Best for System Alliance framework, including governance, leadership and operational components.

The graphic below is a visual representation of who is involved in TIPU MAHI.
Our stakeholders are many and include everyone involved in the South Island Māori health workforce including the five South Island DHBs, the tertiary and education sectors and Māori health workforce organisations such as Kia Ora Hauora.

TIPU MAHI - who is involved

Team members

Holly Weir

TIPU MAHI Project Manager
Phone: 021 193 8360
Email: holly.weir@siapo.health.nz

Holly Weir (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Irakehu) is a staunch advocate for Indigenous rights and kaupapa Māori initiatives that create transformative change. Holly is passionate about supporting a thriving South Island Māori Health Workforce to achieve self-determination and successful health outcomes for Māori communities. With a professional background in health and education, Holly is currently Project Manager for TIPU MAHI. In 2022, Holly was one of seven people selected from Aotearoa New Zealand to join the global Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity programme which focusses on Indigenous-lead solutions to global inequities. This fellowship includes work pertaining to Māori health workforce.

Professor Joanne Baxter

TIPU MAHI Project & Research Lead
Phone: 021 279 6548
Email: jo.baxter@otago.ac.nz

Professor Joanne Baxter (Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) is a Public Health Medicine Physician and Director of the Division of Health Science Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori and Co-Director of the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit in the University of Otago. She is also a member of the Ministry of Health’s Health Workforce Advisory Board. Joanne is recognised for her research on Māori mental health, ethnic health inequalities, indigenous medical education and Māori health workforce development. Joanne is committed to Māori Health Workforce Development including growing the number of Māori training in health professional programmes, and increasing the number of Māori working in health across diverse roles.

Kate Rawlings

South Island Workforce Development Hub Programme Director
Phone: 027 523 4243
Email: kate.rawlings@siapo.health.nz

Kate Rawlings is the Programme Director for the South Island Workforce Development Hub, South Island Alliance Programme Office. In this role she and her team work across the health sector in the South Island ( in particular the five south Island DHBs) to support workforce development. She has previously held a series of senior health positions in New Zealand and Australia. She is a registered Nurse and has a Bachelor of Education (nursing) from the University of New England and Masters of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales.