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Hinemoa Elder

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Ko Parengarenga te moana, Parengarega is the ocean
Ko Tawhitirahi te maunga, Tawhitirahi is the mountain
Ko Awapoka te awa, Awapoka is the river
Ko Kurahaupo te waka, Kurahaupo is the ocean going canoe
Ko Potahi raua koTe Reo Mihi oku marae, Potahui and Te Reo Mihi are my traditional meeting places
Ko Te Aupouri, ko Ngati Kuri, ko Te Rarawa, ko Ngapuhi nui tonu oku iwi, My tribes are Te Aupouri, Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi
Ko Hinemoa taku ingoa, my name is Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder has lived on Waiheke Island for 21 years. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, working at the Child and Family Unit at Starship Hospital, in Auckland. She is also a Maori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain. You can also find her on Instagram @drhinemoa.

Books by Hinemoa Elder


The timeless wisdom of Maori proverbs - 52 traditional Maori sayings explained by respected Maori psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder, showing us how we can live better lives, in harmony with the planet.

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