Story: Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health

Māui Pōmare

Māui Pōmare

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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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. A. Collis Collection
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Raeburn Lange, 'Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health - Health improves, 1900 to 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Raeburn Lange, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018