Seminar Series

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Malo ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri, Fakatalofa atu and Kia ora,

The Pasifika Medical Association Group warmly invites you to join us for The Pacific Health Leaders Seminar Breakfast at 7.00am on Wednesday 5th August. 

The Seminar will be available online via zoom and hosted in person with breakfast provided at the following hospital locations:

  • University of Auckland School of Medicine                                     
  • Waikato Hospital
  • Middlemore Hospital         
  • Tauranga Hospital
  • North Shore Hospital
  • Wellington Hospital
  • Waitemata Hospital            
  • Christchurch Hospital
  • Dunedin Hospital

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to meet, connect and support each other while sharing experiences and insights into your journey as an emerging Pacific health professional in these uncertain times and ever-changing industry. Come take a break and have breakfast on us! We want to meet you and see how you’re doing.

Register here today.


The Seminar will feature two of our renowned Pacific Health Leaders – Dr Lupe Taumoepeau and Dr Kiki Maoate.

Dr Lupe Taumoepeau

Lupe Taumoepeau is a vascular and transplant surgeon at Wellington Hospital. She is the first New Zealand female vascular surgeon and only Pacific Island vascular surgeon in Australasia. After completing her medical degree at the University of Auckland, Lupe worked at Waikato Hospital as a junior doctor, before completing her training in vascular and transplant surgery throughout New Zealand and in Queensland, Australia. She received her fellowship in vascular surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2014. Lupe is actively involved in mentoring Pacific Island secondary school students, with a particular focus on encouraging STEM subjects and female junior doctors considering a career in surgery.

Dr Kiki Maoate, ONZM, FRACS

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. 

He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for his dedication and commitment to Pacific Health in New Zealand and the region and is recognized for his long-standing commitment to developing, supporting and mentoring the many Pacific surgeons both in training and qualified in the region. In 2015, Kiki was awarded a Knight Commander Royal Crown of Tonga by His Majesty King Tupou VI for services in health to the people of Tonga. Kiki is an advisor to Ministries and Governments in New Zealand and the Pacific, and has served on numerous committees and boards. 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 Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Ministerial Advisory Committee.