MPA Symposium 2019 – Saturday 8th June, Auckland

Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua – Walking backwards into the future

This symposium will have presentations which discuss Māori knowledge, reflect on the current health sector and discuss ways that the pharmacy and pharmacists can action change to improve outcomes for, and with, Māori whānau and communities.

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Speaker List


Donna Kerridge (Ngati Tahinga, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Mahuta) is a respected traditional Māori medicine practitioner of who serves as the contracted negotiator for the national collective of rongoā Māori practitioners, Te Kāhui Rongoā. Donna was also one of the appointed technical expert advisors for the Ministry of Health’s Natural Health Products Advisory Committee and the 2014 Standards New Zealand Committee for the development of the national rongoā Māori standards. She has served two terms on the Board of the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and was also the developer of their NZQA approved Graduate Diploma in Māori Medicine for health professionals. She is a guest lecturer at a number of tertiary organisations around the country including Otago University School of Pharmacy. For three years Donna was the resident rongoā Māori presenter on the weekly Māori television series, Maara Kai. To remain grounded and retain the focus of her efforts in these areas, Donna maintains her clinical practice for people around the country and whanau overseas as time permits. Donna’s work today honours her obligation to her teachers to share and keep alive ancient healing principles in an appropriate, safe and respectful way for the benefit of all people but especially for our future generations that inhabit this land and their evolving needs. Donna is committed to advancing mutual respect between traditional Māori practitioners and contemporary medical practitioners. Donna works hard to bring the two healing practices together for the benefit of all people residing in Aotearoa. Fostering good relations and greater choice for the public can only benefit the users of our precious health resources. Ka whangaia, ka tupu, ka puawai – that which is nurtured, blossoms and grows


Dr Heather Came-Friar is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander who grew up on Ngātiwai land. She has worked for 25 years in health promotion, public health and/or Māori health and has a long involvement in social justice activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Heather is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, a fellow of the Health Promotion Forum, longstanding member of  Public Health Association and an active member of Tāmaki Tiriti Workers. She currently embraces life as an activist scholar. She was lead author of Te Tiriti-based practice in health promotion (2017) and has led shadow reports to various United Nations human rights committees around institutional racism. She is a Senior Lecturer based in the Taupua Waiora Māori Health Research Centre within Auckland University of Technology.


Brendon McIntosh (Kai Tahu) has been a Community Pharmacist in Waitaha, Canterbury for 6 years and is also the co-founder of Kōako, a company specialising in the cosmetic use of hemp. and believes he knows a good product when he sees one. Three years ago, while completing postgraduate training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, he came across hemp as a nutritional supplement. This sparked his interest in delving deeper into what this plant actually is and what else we can do with it. Hemp is amazing for our environment as it absorbs 4 times more carbon than a pine forrest. Hemp is natures most nutrient-dense seed containing essential fatty acids, fibre and protein. Hemp seed oil contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which is anti-inflammatory, making it the perfect base for topical skin treatments.In this presentation, Brendon will expand on these benefits of hemp and then explain how trending hemp products can improve your bottom line to ensure your Retail Pharmacy is sustainable in every sense of the word. 


Kevin Pewhairangi (Te Whānau a Ruataupare) is the President of MPA and the co-owner of Horouta Pharmacy in Turanga nui a Kiwa, Gisborne, where Kevin was born and raised. He and his wife Kasey started the pharmacy from scratch and it is located attached to a medical centre in a very high needs area of Gisborne.



Bevan Clayton-Smith (Ngāti Maniapoto) is Service Manager/Portfolio Manager for Public Health, Regional Screening and Community Pharmacy at Taranaki District Health Board.  Bevan has a background in Pharmacy and other work streams across primary and secondary care. He is also Chair for the eradication of Hepatitis C in Taranaki and is Chair of the DHBs System Level Measures Amenable Mortality Group. Bevan has a Masters in Clinical Pharmacy, is a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago and is a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. His PhD in Public Health is through the Research Centre for Māori Health and Development at Massey University, Wellington.



Jilly Alexander (Ngā Puhi) Jilly is a community pharmacist in Kaikohe. This year she is upskilling to do Medicines Use Reviews with the hope of being able to get out in to the community and improve medicines management for Māori patients. She is the lead pharmacist for the Stop Gout service (titration on to long-term allopurinol) in the pharmacy.