Dr Amohia Boulton

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Dr Amohia Boulton

Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga and Ngāti Mutunga) is currently the Acting Director at Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, an iwi research centre, mandated by Ngāti Hauiti of the Rangitīkei region in New Zealand. Dr Boulton’s career has spanned both public policy and academia including research and policy roles in the Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and as the Private Secretary (Māori Affairs) for Hon. Parekura Horomia. In 2000 Dr Boulton left the public service to study at Research Centre for Māori Health and Development at Massey University, Palmerston North where she completed her PhD and her postdoctoral studies. Trained as a health services researcher, Dr Boulton’s interests lie in the fields of Māori health and public policy. Specifically, Dr Boulton’ work focuses on the relationship between national policy intent, planning practices and funding strategies for indigenous health services and the desires of local, indigenous community for improving the health outcomes of their people. These interests have led to research and evaluation projects in mental health, primary health care, public health, community-based health promotion and, more recently, in rongoā Māori and chronic conditions.
Amohia has governance roles as a Board Member of both the Australasian Evaluation Society and Te Kotahi Research Centre, Waikato University and she is a Strategic Advisor to the Whānau Ora Partnership Group; a joint Crown Iwi group comprising Iwi Chairs and Ministers with a responsibility for the achievement of Whānau Ora outcomes. Amohia is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington and an Adjunct Research Associate at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington.