Kāpo Māori and RANZCO sign agreement to improve Māori eye health

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Kāpō Māori Aotearoa New Zealand have partnered to address the stark inequities Māori face when it comes to eye health.

Read more at Radio New Zealand.

Chrissie Cowan and

Chrissie Cowan of Kapo Maori and Hon Peeni Henare, Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health).

Kāpō Māori Aotearoa NZ Inc. Chief Executive, Chrissie Cowan, has recently been appointed as the official te ao Māori advisor for EHA. Cowan is a descendent of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou and was taught her ancestral values and practices by her grandparents. They also instilled in her a pride in her Māori heritage.

Chrissie Cowan and John Mulka

Chrissie Cowan of Kāpō Māori and John Mulka of Blind Low Vision NZ.

Cowan has lived experience of disability through her deaf father. She has mentored ‘future’ Māori disabled leaders, advocated for community inclusion and campaigned for national and global indigenous and disability rights. Cowan brings a wealth of knowledge on Māori protocol that will help EHA give effect to their obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


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