The Māori Health Committee is a statutory committee of the Health Research Council and is responsible for advising Council on health research for Māori, including cultural issues relating to the gathering, verification, and validation of information.
The Māori Health Committee held its first meeting on 14 February 1991, which was chaired by the late Professor Eru Pomare (Te Atiawa, Ngati Toa, Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Rongowhakaata), the founding Chair of the MHC.
The committee is responsible for distributing funds dedicated to Māori health research and career development. Application assessment and peer review is undertaken each year by appointing Māori health assessing committees with expertise specific to the applications within a given funding round. The Māori health assessing committees are chaired by a Māori Health Committee member with other members recruited from qualified Māori researchers.
The functions of the Māori Health Committee are set out in Sections 17 to 22 of the Health Research Council Act 1990, and the criteria for membership is set out in Section 23. Click here for the Terms of Reference.
- Professor Suzanne Pitama - Chair (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rakaipaaka), Associate Dean Māori and Director of the Māori Indigenous Health Institute at the University of Otago, Christchurch
- Dr Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga) Senior Lecturer Above the Bar - Māori Health and Wellbeing, School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury
- Dr Kimiora Henare (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri) Research Fellow, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, the University of Auckland
- Associate Professor Cameron Lacey (Te Atiawa) Head of Department, Māori Indigenous Research Innovation (MIHI), University of Otago, Christchurch. Associate Professor and Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch. Clinical Director of Research, Te Whatu Ora, Waitaha
- Dr Sarah-Jane Paine (Tuhoe, Ngāti Rongo) Research Director, Growing Up in New Zealand and Senior Lecturer, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the University of Auckland
- Dr Naomi Simmonds (Raukawa, Ngāti Huri) Independent researcher and Kaitakawaenga Māori, Deep South National Science Challenge.
Committee Secretary: Ms Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley - Manager, Māori Health Research