Wendy Dallas-Katoa

Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha,

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Wendy has over 25 years of experience in the Health sector in a variety of roles. She has represented Māori interests in health on a number of boards and organisations including; South Island Māori Cancer Leadership Network, National Kaitiaki Group – Cervical Screening, National Breastfeeding Association, Mana Whenua ki Waitaha Charitable Trust , Pegasus Community Board and Te Kahui o Papaki Ka Tai – PHO, Primary Health Care Māori Advisory Group (Chairperson). 

Prior to working at Ihi Research Wendy was an independent researcher working on local projects including; He Kokonga Whare (HKW): Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing Programme – (Health Research Council of New Zealand) and a project for the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, ‘Understanding Māori 'lived' culture to determine cultural connectedness and wellbeing.’

Wendy was the Program Leader of Health and Social Wellbeing, Toitu te iwi, for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu from 2008 to 2012. She worked as the Cultural Advisor/Manager of Māori health, Pegasus Health (IPA), Researcher/ Lecturer at M.I.H.I. (Maori Indigenous Health Institute) University of Otago - Christchurch.  During this time she was part of the team that developed the Meihana Model, a clinical assessment framework developed using Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Education & Qualification

Otago University
-Diploma of Public Health 2015

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
-Kāwai Raupapa – Māori Arts Certificate 2009

Christchurch College of Education
-Clinical Teaching Certificate 2008

Te Wānanga o Raukawa
-Bachelor of Arts, Māori Health Studies 2007

Southland Polytechnic
-RCpN Registered Nurse 1991

Professional History

-Justice of the Peace 2008 - Current
-Te Reo Kotahi: Panel – NGO sector delegate to CERA 2013 – 2015
-Māori Women’s Welfare League Member (Rāpaki Branch) 1990 – current
-Rūnanga Representative Onuku, Oraka/Aparima, Waihopai Rūnanga 1990 - Current
-National Public Health Association Māori Caucus Member 2006 - 2007

Research, Presentations and Publications

Evaluation of Wave One Initiative: Te Pūtahitanga

Commissioned by Te Pūtahitanga, the South Island Comminissioning agency for Whānau Ora to evaluate 23 wave one whānau enterprise initiatives. Savage, C. Leonard, J. Grootveld, C. Edwards, S. Dallas-Katoa, W. 2016.

Meihana Model: A clinical assessment framework.

New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 36, 118-125.

Pitama, S., Robertson, P., Cram, F., Gillies, M., Huria, T., & Dallas-Katoa, W. (2007).


The Hui Process: a framework to enhance the doctor–patient relationship with Māori.

The New Zealand Medical Journal. 124 (1347)

Lacey, C., Huria, T., Beckert, L., Gilles, M., & Pitama, S. (2011).