Pitopito Kōrero News & Updates

Meet some of our amazing pharmacists!

Published April 23 2020

The Māori Pharmacists’ Association have a free phone line to help answer any questions whānau may have about their medicines.

We would like to introduce to some of our members who will be replying to your questions.

Our pharmacists have a wide range of experiences and are located across the motu. We will be working on a roster system but if you have a preference for a particular pharmacist to give you a call, just let us know when you call on 0800 664 688.


Leanne Te Karu Muaūpoko, Ngāti Rangi – Pharmacist prescriber living in Taupō

Nora-Jayne Parore Ngāti Whātua, Te Parawhau, Ngāpuhi, Te Roroa – Community pharmacist and health researcher living in Palmerston North

Tess James Ngāti Porou – Pharmacist prescriber living in Taranaki

Brendon McIntosh Kai Tahu – Community pharmacist living in Christchurch

Robert Haua Ngāi Te Rangi – Primary care pharmacist living in Auckland

Claire Stott Ngāti Wai, Ngāpuhi – Hospital pharmacist living in Tauranga

Jo Hikaka Ngāruahine – Pharmacist and health researcher living in Auckland

Mariana Hudson Whakatōhea – Community pharmacist living in Ōpōtiki

Kevin Pewhairangi Te Whānau o Ruataupare – Community pharmacist and owner living in Gisborne

Anna Kyle Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu – Clinical advisory pharmacist living in Wellington

Teei Kaiaruna Waikato Tainui – Hospital pharmacist, and clinical advisor Māori and Pacific health, living in Auckland

MPA’s administrator Pauline Te Karu collects the caller’s information and passes this on to one of our pharmacists. The phone line was initially set up by Leanne Te Karu as 0800 NO GOUT 5 years ago in relation to work improving the treatment of gout with whānau and Leanne has been responding to clinical-related questions to date.

See the link below for more info