Māui Pōmare, the first Māori doctor, stands beside a whare built to accommodate Māori who performed a welcome during a royal visit in 1901. Pōmare trained in the US and was registered in New Zealand in 1901. His colleague Te Rangi Hīroa (Peter Buck) graduated from Otago Medical School in 1904 and was the second Māori doctor. Tūtere Wī Repa (graduated 1908) practised on the East Coast, and Edward Ellison (1919) practised in the Pacific as well as in New Zealand. These doctors became role models for other Māori health professionals, demonstrating that they could communicate more effectively with Māori than could their Pākehā counterparts.
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