Dr Kiki Maoate ONZM, FRACS, President

The scope of Kiki Maoate’s work and influence extends throughout New Zealand and the Pacific region.

A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Kiki is one of New Zealand’s leading paediatric surgeons and paediatric urologists, based at Christchurch Hospital. He has helped to develop the paediatric outreach clinical services in New Zealand and throughout the Pacific region. He is a pioneer of keyhole surgery for children and has a strong interest in research, having been a former council member on both the New Zealand and Pacific Health Research Councils.

Kiki plays a leading role in postgraduate surgical training and mentoring for students in the Pacific region as well as for Pacific students in New Zealand. Kiki is an advisor to Ministries and Governments in New Zealand and the Pacific, and has served on numerous committees and boards.

In 2010 he was acknowledged by the Pacific Island Surgeons Association for his contribution to the development of surgery in the Pacific and again in 2015 by His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga for his tremendous spirit of service for the people of Tonga. In his far-reaching commitment to Pacific health, Kiki is continuing a legacy established by his father, Sir Terepai Maoate, a pioneer of health practice in the Pacific.

He is the President of the Pasifika Medical Association, Chair of the Pasifika Futures Board, a member and strong supporter of the Pacific Island Surgeons Association, and is the Chair of the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee.