Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee

Te Ama Tōtika 

The Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee ǀ Te Ama Tōtika is made up of nine people. They represent all the different scopes of practice (as well as lay people) from consumers of health care services, to assist with reviewing key standards and codes of conduct. They also provide advice to the Council.  

The Council is responsible under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 for protecting the public of Aotearoa | New Zealand by providing ways to ensure that practitioners are fit and competent to practise. There are specific requirements under section 118i to set standards of clinical competence and cultural competence (including competencies that will allow effective and respectful interaction with Māori). 

Chelsey Loader - Chair and Medical Laboratory Scientist

Ko Aoraki toku mauka, ko Waitaki toku awa, ko takitimu te waka, ko Te Mamaru/Anglem toku tipuna, ko Kati Mamoe raua ko Ngai Tahu oku iwi, ko Kati huirapa toku hapu, ko Arowhenua toku marae, no Otautahi ahau, ko Chelsey toku ingoa.

Chelsey Loader is a practising Medical Laboratory Scientist and has been working in transfusion science for the last eight years. She currently works for the New Zealand Blood Service in the Christchurch Hospital Blood Bank.  

Chelsey also serves on Kakapa Manawa for NZBS where she helps with tikanga, providing feedback for research proposals and assessing potential impacts on Māori.  

Chelsey is of Māori, Scottish and Irish descent and connects to Kāti Mamoe and Kāi Tahu iwi. She grew up in a multicultural household with Samoan and Māori parents and has a passion for improving equity within the healthcare system.  

Chelsey is honoured to have been appointed Chair of the Committee and looks forward to representing Māori.  

Aysha Willis - Medical Laboratory Scientist

Aysha has a background working in the Department of Corrections as a correctional officer. The decision was made to change careers and she attended the University of Otago where she achieved a Bachelor of Physiology, a diploma for graduates in Anatomy, and a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.  

Since graduating Aysha has worked in Cytology and recently achieved her VRPCC. Aysha was part of the COVID-19 response after only being in the job for three months.   

Aysha says she has seen a disproportionate number of Māori in corrections facilities and worse outcomes in health. She is determined to help make changes that will benefit Māori, and all New Zealand citizens.  

Keri Parata - Lay person

Keri’s connections are Te Atiawa on her father’s family side, with direct links to Wi Parata te Kakakura (great-great grandfather). He was a member of parliament in the 1870’s, prominent in litigation in Māori land cases – the most notable being against the bishop of Wellington where Judge Prendegast famously declared that the Treaty of Waitangi was “a simple nullity” that “had been signed between a civilised nation and a group of savages”.    

Keri’s father’s mother’s side is Ngai Tahu. Her great-great grandfather, Huriwhenua Taiaroa, was also a member of parliament. Her grandmother’s father was a prominent rugby player for New Zealand. Keri’s proud of her heritage, although admits there is a lot more she could learn.  

Keri was born and bred in Lower Hutt, follow in her father’s footsteps, started her working career in the New Zealand Police. She still has five close family members as serving officers. Keri has also had roles working in Youth Justice, working with victims of crime, security intelligence and lately in protective security. Keri is the proud mother of two children and says her greatest achievement now is her grandson, where she can have the fun of a parent with none of the responsibility.  

Keri says she feels privileged and honoured to be a part of the Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee and hopes that her lay-person perspective and life experience adds value.   

Shannon Paikea - Anaesthetic Technician

Ko Pukekaroro te maunga 

Ko Kaipara te moana 

Ko Otamatea te marae 

Ko Te Uri o Hau te hapu  

Ko Ngati Whatua te iwi 

Ko Shannon Paikea toku ingoa 

Shannon says she was very fortunate to be appointed as part of the Māori Practitioner Advisory Committee in July 2023. She is an Anaesthetic Technician and started her training at Auckland City Hospital in 2019, completing her training in 2023. 

Before becoming an Anaesthetic Technician, Shannon worked in the social sector for many years. She is married with three children, living in Kaiwaka and currently working in the Northland region.  

Dayna Hoey-Samuel - Pre-Analytical Medical Laboratory Technician

Ko Ngaati Wai, Ngaati Hine, Ngaati Hauaa, Aitanga-a-Mahaki nga iwi. Ko Ngaati Rehua te hapu. Ko Motairehe te Marae. Ko Dayna Hoey-Samuel ahau.  

Dayna was recently appointed as a member of the Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee in July 2023. She is a Pre-Analytical Medical Laboratory Technician in the Waikato.  

Dayna is currently completing a Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge through Te Wananga o Aotearoa - going into her final year in 2025. Since the beginning of 2023, as part of her Masters, Dayna has been working on designing a bicultural resource for Phlebotomy kaimahi that will be launched at the end-of-year exhibition in November 2025.

Dayna was born in Tamaki-Makaurau and raised in the area between Great Barrier Island and Waharoa. She has worked in both the public and private sectors as a Psychiatric Assistant. Dayna also did spent time working remotely in Alice Springs, Australia in a special needs school as a special education support officer. She currently resides in Kirikiriroa with her husband and daughter.  

Denese Gallagher - Medical Laboratory Scientist

Denese is the Quality, Health and Safety Manager for Te Whatu Ora Waikato Laboratory Services. She has worked in laboratories for 27 years – 14 years in hospital laboratories, 13 years in a petrochemical laboratory.  

Denese grew up in Northland, spending much of her time on the marae, learning tikanga, playing with her cousins, and embedding her roots firmly in Te Ao Māori.  

Denese links to NgaPuhi, Ngati Hine, Te Aupouri and Ngati Whatua iwis, and her passion is to improve on equitable health outcomes for Māori. 

Sara Cunningham - Medical Laboratory Technician

Ko Takitimu me Horouta oku waka.

 Ko te Horohoroinga o ngā ringaringa o

Kahumatamomoe me Titirangi oku maunga.

 Ko Ngati Kahungunu me Ngāti Porou oku iwi.

 Ko Ngāti Rongomaipapa me Te Aitanga a Hauiti oku hapu.

 Ko Pokaitu me Te Uawanui o Ruamatua oku awa.

 Ko Sara Cunningham ahau.

 Tēna koutou e te iwi.


Sara is a proud Māori wāhine registered Medical Laboratory Technician in the Pre-Analytical scope of practice, working at Pathlab Rotorua. She has many goals but her main one is to pave a pathway for young Māori rangatahi to get into the Medical Laboratory Science field. She loves her mahi and is consistent in continuing professional development.


Sara has said she feels proud and honoured to be able to represent Māori as a member of the Māori Practitioners Advisory Committee and hopes her life experiences can have a positive contribution to the committee and its goals.


Above all else Sara is a mum, first and foremost, to her four beautiful children who she raises alongside her handsome husband, in a small paradise called Rotoiti just outside of Rotorua.


Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina. 

Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain.

Judy Campbell - Lay person and Council member

Judy was appointed to the Medical Sciences Council (MSC) as a lay member in October 2020. She is a senior manager who has worked in the public and not-for-profit sector for the past 30 years. This includes being the national Education Director for St John, where she was responsible for both First Aid training and the training of Ambulance officers.  

Judy has been a Chief Executive in a number of organisations, including the Sport Fitness and Recreation Industry Training Organisation (SFRITO), Tairāwhiti Polytechnic and Gisborne District Council. Her career has a focus on organisations with a strong bicultural focus, or need, and she recently acted as Chief Executive for an iwi trust board (Tāmanuhiri Tūtū Poroporo Trust).  

Judy is currently a consultant helping organisations address issues of strategic change and financial sustainability. She is an experienced board member and Director and is a member of the Institute of Directors.  

Angela Dewhirst - Anaesthetic Technician and Council member

Appointed to the Medical Sciences Council in May 2021, Angela started as a Histology and Cytology Laboratory Technician in 1984. She gained a position in Cardiology in 1986 and completed the qualifications to become a Cardiac Technologist.

Angela became a qualified Anaesthetic Technician in 2008. Angela continues to work as an Anaesthetic Technician, part time. Her other job is in clinical governance, as the Quality Improvement leader at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin. Previous to this role, Angela simultaneously held the district wide positions of Professional Lead for Anaesthetics, and Professional Development Facilitator, for Allied Health, Scientific, and Technical, at Southern DHB.

For over 40 years Angela has been on various boards and committees such as Parents Centre Aotearoa, School Board of Trustees, NZ Resuscitation Council CORE Instructors Executive, and is a past Chairperson of NZ Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society.

Angela has previously been involved with the Council as an auditor of Continuing Professional Development, a member of the Professional Conduct Committee, and was part of the Registrations and Recertification Committee.