Sharon Shea

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Health reforms: Health NZ and the Māori Health Authority

There’s no such thing as neutral, when it comes to Ōritetanga | Equity – In this session, I will provide an overview of the recent heath sector reforms and the partnership between Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand) and Te Aka Whai Ora (Māori Health Authority). I will discuss the multiple levers that Te Aka Whai Ora have to affect Equity within the context of the new Pae Ora legislation and provide an overview of Te Aka Whai Ora’s strategy moving forward. The constructive challenge to NZDA is to understand your position on equity and what it will take for us all to make an intergenerational difference in the lives of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. Mauri ora.


Sharon Shea MNZM Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako

Sharon began her career as a lawyer and then moved into the health sector - where she held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focused on Māori health improvement. Since 2002, Sharon has run a successful consulting business (Shea Pita and Associates Ltd) - where she is a director and principal consultant.

Sharon is widely recognised as a leader in the field of health and disability sector strategy and is particularly interested in reducing health, social, education, and economic inequities across all populations; especially with and for indigenous peoples and other populations who would benefit from support to realise social justice.

In 2018, Sharon established a provider ‘arm’ called Manawaroa Ltd. Manwaroa delivers two programmes: Puāwai and Manawaroa. Puāwai braids the ‘best of’ Te Ao Māori and trauma-informed psychoeducation methods to support caregivers and their whānau healing and wellbeing. Manawaroa is a programme that builds child, youth, adults, and whānau resilience. It focuses on whānau using and growing their strengths to meet, bounce back from and get in front of life’s challenges.

Sharon holds a variety of Board memberships (private and public) and fulfils Ministerial appointed roles. Most recently, Sharon chaired the Māori Expert Advisory Group to the Health & Disability System Review.

In 2019, Sharon was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori health and development. She is the inaugural co-chair of the Māori Health Authority and also sits on the Board of Health New Zealand.