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 Webinar at 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 October. 

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

Middlemore Hospital
Seminar Room 2, Kidz First Paediatric Dept, Middlemore Hospital, 100 Hospital RoadDr Loana Tanielu
Auckland City HospitalKahurangi Meeting Room Rima, Level 4, Lab Plus Building, ADHB Building 31Dr Fiona Perelini
Northshore HospitalConf Room 3 NSH, WDHB, Lower Ground Floor, Northshore Hospital, Shakespeare Rd, TakapunaDr Meia Schmidt Uili
WAIKATO Waikato HospitalMain Conference Room, Waikato Hospital, University of Auckland Clinical SchoolDr Shiva Nair Dr Anthony ‘Aho
TAURANGA Tauranga HospitalLibrary Conference Room, Ground Floor, Tauranga HospitalDr Josh Agnew  
WELLINGTON University of Otago Wellington Room H06, UOW, University of Otago Wellington  Dr Lupe Taumoepeau  
CHRISTCHURCH Christchurch Hospital  Room 7.11 UOC, Christchurch HospitalDr Kiki Maoate  Dr Allamanda Fa’atoese
DUNEDIN Dunedin HospitalSeminar Room, 9th Floor, Dunedin Public HospitalDr Xaviour Walker

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. For more information contact Phaedra Moors at


The Seminar will feature three of our renowned Pacific Health Leaders – Dr Fiona Perelini, Dr Maryann Heather, Dr Ella-Rose Nicholas and Dr Kiki Maoate.

Dr Fiona Perelini, FRACP FCICM

Fiona is currently a paediatric cardiology fellow at Starship Hospital and hopes to work in Paediatric Intensive Care with a special interest in paediatric cardiac intensive care. She is half Samoan, half Kiwi, born and raised in Samoa before receiving a scholarship to Otago University where she completed her medical degree in 2003. After graduating from Otago University, Fiona worked in Wellington, Samoa, Sydney and Melbourne and now working in Auckland for the last 2 and ½ years. Fiona is passionate about the health inequalities facing our Pacific children and is interested in supporting Pasifika medical students and trainees to realise their dreams and to bring more diversity into the paediatric medical arena.

Dr Maryann Heather, FRNZCGP

Maryann is a Consultant GP at Southsea’s Healthcare in Otara, Auckland since 2010.  Since 2000, she has worked as a General Practitioner and specialises in General Medicine, Aviation Medicine and Occupational Medicine/Travel Medicine and Sports Medicine. Maryann is Samoan born in Wellington and has worked in hospitals and clinics across the Pacific including Australia, Samoa, American Samoa, China and New Zealand particularly in the areas of General Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care.

Maryann holds postgrad medical qualifications from both the University of Otago and the University of Auckland.  She is a member of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (Pacific Chapter) and an Executive Committee Member for the Auckland Faculty. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Pacific Health at the School of Population Health University of Auckland. She is currently on the Science Media Center Expert Panel COVID-19 Response Team (Pacific) and the COVID-19 Pacific Response Team for NZ. Maryann has been actively involved in the support of Pacific health students in their professional development as a mentor and PhD student advisor.  She continues to advocate and support Pacific health students through various initiatives that connect them with GPs/Doctors in the workforce.

Dr Ella- Rose Vaiora Nicholas 

Ella-Rose is currently a General Surgical Registrar at Christchurch Hospital specialising in the area of general surgery for the past two years.  She holds postgrad medical qualifications from the University of Otago and became a paediatric surgeon in Tauranga where she was born.  Ella-Rose is Cook Island Maori, NZ Maori and NZ European and is actively involved in the Pacific community.  She was one of the founding members of the Otago University Pacific health students’ group and continues to provide support today. Last year she took time off working in NZ and volunteered to work for the surgical department at the Rarotonga Hospital in the Cook Islands.

Kiki Maoate, ONZM, FRACS

Kiki 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. 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.