Dr Hinemoa Elder

Busara Circle Facilitator HB7, HB8

Dr Hinemoa Elder, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, is mother to two adult children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, currently working at Starship Childrens’ Hospital; Mother and Baby/ Child and Family Units. Her PhD focussed on Māori approaches to traumatic brain injury and findings are now used in rehabilitation.

She is on the Board of The Helen Clark Foundation and is Patron of “Share My Super” a charity aimed at ending child poverty in Aotearoa, NZ. Hinemoa travelled to Antarctica in late 2019 as part of the HB4 cohort. Hinemoa is a staunch advocate for Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, the Māori language and cultural lore, especially in understanding the links between climate emergency, mental distress and ill health and effecting change.

Hinemoa received the NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori and Psychiatry in 2019. She is the best-selling author of “Aroha. Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet”chosen for the Oprah Winfrey bookclub list in 2021.  📷 Erica Sinclair