Advocacy and Alliance Specialist
Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi nui tonu
Michael has made significant contributions for improving mental health services and suicide prevention strategies and activities for Māori across Aotearoa New Zealand. He is recognised in the 100 Maori Leaders alongside Sir Mason Durie and Dame Tariana Turia to name a few.
As a sought-after keynote speaker, Michael was part of an indigenous suicide prevention dialogue panel at the 15th World Congress on Public Health conference in Melbourne. He has also travelled to indigenous nations to present on Māori and indigenous suicide prevention. In 2016, Michael was one of the project leaders for the inaugural World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference and Indigenous Youth Summit in Rotorua. He led the roll out of conference recommendations, in particular, The Tūramarama Declaration which is recognised by indigenous nations globally.