Meet our

Tae Ora Tinana Kaumatua & Kaitiaki

Matua Bill and Whaea Pat Barlow

Matua Bill Barlow

Kia ora koutou katoa o nga pou o te mahi ora tinana. Mokau ki runga, Tamaki ki raro, Maungatoatoa ki waenganui; Pare Hauraki Pare Waikato;Te kao kao o roa o Paatetere. Hurirauna ki Kawhia Moana.ko Ngati Hikairo,Maniapoto e mihi atu nei,tena ra kotou katoa. Nga mihi nui o te tau hou me nga piki ora ki runga i o koutou whanau,hapu,marae maha.

Ko Wiremu Barlow tenei kua whakatau nei ki te pae o te Tae Ora Tinana whanau hei Kaumaatua me taku hoa rangatira ia Patricia.

Patricia and I take pleasure in responding to prompting by our friends of Tae Ora Tinana whanau to share a little about ourselves.

One grew up on the whanau farm in the Kawhia district, went to boarding school at Te Whaiti of te Urewera district. One returned home to care for Mum and Dad and the farm. Naturally a teenager got itchy feet and went awol, arrived in Tamakimakaurau, sowed wild oats, responded to Christian values which interrupted a downhill slide into debauchery, met and married my darling wife.

We raised a family and served our youth in hostel parenting. These social services and caregiving gave us gratification in steering our youth into education and career pathways. One gives praise to Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa for assisting one to obtain one's degree in social services and diplomas in theology and Tikanga. Tae Ora Tinana is an agency for promoting Maori professionals in delivering health and fitness to all peoples and especially to educate our people in living a healthy lifestyle.

No reira,nga manaakitanga o te Rungarawa ki runga ia kotou whanau me nga ahuatanga e pa nei kia tatou katoa. Kia ora.

Whaea Pat Barlow

Tena kotou katoa. Ko Patricia Isabelle toku ingoa. Ko Ngati Whaatua te iwi, ko Maamari te waka, ko Taita te Marae ki Taakawira.

I was born in Dargaville, raised and educated in Kaikohe and Te Tii. Attended New Plymouth Girls’ High and worked for the New Zealand Post and Telegraph.

I met and married William in 1966, lived and started a family in Hamilton and dabbled with business opportunities until God called us into hostel management with United Maori Mission – I was Matron while William studied Theology. We spent eighteen years with the U.M.M, while I developed skills in various areas of development, specialising as a seamstress with professionalism in the drape and curtain industry.

It is a privilege at this stage in life to be associated with Tae Ora Tinana in our capacity as kaumatua and kuia, but more importantly to be consultants in an advisory and leadership capacity.

No reira, noho ora mai i raro nga manaakitanga o te Rungarawa i nga waa katoa. Kia ora


Miranda Bűhler

Tihei māuri ora!
Ko Tāmaki-makau-rau tōku papakāinga
Ko Hunua te pae maunga
Ko Wairoa te awa
Nō Ngāti Iuropi ōku tupuna. Ko Koterana rātou ko Airani, ko Ingirangi, ko Potukara, ko Witirana ngā iwi.
Ko Ōtepoti tōku kāinga ināianei. Tēnei, ko Araiteuru te uta, ko Araiteuru te tai ē, ko Araiteuru te waka, ko Araiteuru te tangata. Ko Araituru te marae. Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo me Te Whare Tū Taua ngā wānanga. Ko te reo te waka wairua. Ko te reo me ōna tikanga he taonga mō te hauora.
Ko Miranda Bűhler tōku ingoa. He mihi nui ki a tātou katoa.

I grew up in Auckland and though I now live in Dunedin, Auckland is still where I am from. My tupuna are from Europe - Scotland, Ireland, England, Portugal and Switzerland.
My home now is in Dunedin. Here the land as it lines the shores and stretches inland, is that of the Araiteuru waka and Araiteuru people. Araiteuru is also the marae.
I am a physiotherapist and hand therapist at Dunedin Hospital, PSA delegate, PhD student at the University of Otago, and a student of Te Whare Tū Taua.
I am passionate about supporting those working in physiotherapy/health, and health services, to deliver care that enables equitable health and wellbeing outcomes. Māori language and culture are essential kete of knowledge to enable health and wellbeing to flourish for Māori - and us all.


Maarama Davis

Ko wai ahau?

Ko Mātaatua te waka
ko Pūtauaki te maunga
ko Rangitaiki te awa,
ko Ngāti Awa me Ngāti kahungunu o Wairoa me Ngāti Pākehā ngā Iwi
Ko Ngai Taewhakaea te hapū

ko Maarama Waiora Davis tōku ingoa mahi.
I am the second of two daughters born to a New Zealand European father and Māori mother. I was encouraged by my parents to achieve academically, and to be physically sports-minded.
I work in a clinical setting in private practice and am involved with Te Poari Tiaki Tinana o Aotearoa (the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand).

My Tāne, Elvin Brooking, has been employed in the Public Service for the past twenty-four years. Ko Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Kahungunu ōna Iwi.

I have been involved with Tae ora Tinana since 2009 and Kaitiaki since 2010 (with a few years away).
Nō reira,

Kete kete kā kā kū kū wkakawhiti wheiao


Grant Mawston

Grant Mawston is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy and a co-director of the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute. He has a particular interest in exercise-based rehabilitation and neuromuscular control of the lumbar spine. Prior to joining AUT University, Grant worked in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and was the physiotherapist for New Zealand Gymnastics team over a number of years. Grant currently has an active role in clinical practice and has been involved in the recent establishment of the Cardiopulmonary Pre-operative Exercise Testing Unit for the Waitemata District Health Board.


Witana Petley

Ko Hikurangi me Mauao oku maunga
Ko Horouta me Taikitimu oku Waka
Ko Waipahu toku awa
Ko Tutetenga me Opureora oku Marae
Ko Te Pirirakau me Te Whanau a Tuwhakairiora oku Hapu
Ko Ngati Porou me Ngai Te Rangi oku Iwi
No Putaruru Ahau
Ko Witana Petley taku ingoa

Tena koutou katoa. My name is Witana Petley and I originally hail from Putaruru in the South Waikato. I am currently a Physiotherapist working in Dunedin Hospital after graduating from Otago University in 2016. I work closely with the Maori Physiotherapy students and continue to work with Maori health students through relations with the Maori health Workforce Development Unit. My physiotherapy passion is through Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation but I have a strong interest for Maori Health in areas such as health equity/ equality and Maori health workforce development. I am excited for this new opportunity to support our Physiotherapy Community as a Katiaki for Tae Ora Tinana!

Naku te rourou, Nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwin
(with your basket and my basket the people will live)


Ulima Tofi

Ulima was born in Gisborne, of Rongowhakaata, Ngati Maniapoto, and Samoan descent. He graduated from AUT in 2007 and has been fortunate enough to be the physiotherapist for IRB 7 series, International test Rugby, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, as well as sporting posts overseas with professional rugby and league teams. Having recently returned home to Aotearoa he is enjoying being back serving his South Auckland community his special interests include sport and injury rehabilitation and prevention, youth and elderly physiotherapy and health promotion. Ulima is looking forward to his new role as part of Tae Ora Tinana.


Bridget Watson

Ko Rangitikei te awa
Ko Ruahine te maunga
Ko Takatimu te waka
Ko Ngati Hauiti te Iwi
Ko Rata te marae
Ko Bridget toku ingoa

Kia Ora, my name is Bridget. I was born in Taihape and did most of my growing up in Whanganui. I gained my undergraduate degree in Dunedin, and after graduating in 2019 I soon moved to Wellington. I am now working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice, and am part of an older adults team working in a rest home once a week.

I embrace a holistic approach to maintaining hauora through physiotherapy, and am excited to begin teaching yoga at my clinic (after gaining qualification in India during my studies).

I have a passion for supporting the journey for Maori Physio students from high school all the way through studies to employment in the healthcare realm, and hope to put this into action in my new role as Kaitiaki.


Emma Webb

Ko Whiria te Maunga
Ko Pakanae te Marae
Ko Hokianga te Moana
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te Waka
Ko NgaPuhi te Iwi
Ko Ngati Korokoro te Hapu

Ko Emma Webb tōku ingoa. No Hokianga ahau.

Kia Ora My Name is Emma, I was raised in Hokianga in the Far North then went to high school and university in Auckland. I graduated from AUT with a BHSc in Physiotherapy in 2010 and again in 2012 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health specialising in Māori Health. I currently live in Palmerston North with my Tāne and our daughter. I work in Vocational and Community sector for TBI health and part of my role is dedicated to Māori health development within the company. Having previously served as a Kaitiaki for Taeora Tinana I am happy to return after a short stint in Australia. Like my fellow Kaitiaki I’m looking forward to rekindling networks to ignite the brilliance that is Māori Physiotherapy!

Tama tū, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate.
He who stands, lives, he who sits, perishes.


Keistin Woodman

Ko Whakataha me Turoto ngā maunga
Ko Waitangi me Waiaruhe ngā awa
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Tauwhara me Ngawha ngā marae

Ko Ngai Tawake ki te tuawhenua me Ngatirangi ngā hapu Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi Ko Taikaha Baker taku tamaiti Ko Keistin Woodman ahau. Keistin is currently working for Northland DHB, based at Bay of Islands Hospital as an inpatient and outpatient Physiotherapist. She also provides her services at Kaikohe Care Home. She is a proud Māori woman and is passionate about health promotion within the Māori community as well as promoting recruitment for Māori within the health professional workforce. She loves working with our kaumātua and kuia and one day hopes to establish a kaupapa Māori aged care facility.