Fiona is Chairperson of Te Puna Ora o Mataatua and Med Central (Whakatāne medical practice) and is also an executive director at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Her research interests are focused on Māori health outcomes and economic initiatives.
In this platform research, our focus makes the distinction between ‘kai’ as a culturally defined Māori notion and western interpretations of ‘food’. “He moumou kai, he moumou tāngata” describes a state where our existence and futures as healthy Māori people (Mauri Ora: Human Flourishing) are put at risk because our kai sources (Te Tai Ao: The Natural Environment), including access to kai, growing kai, preparing kai, the lore/law pertaining to kai, and control of kai systems (Whai Rawa: Māori Economies) is diminishing. Without kai or wai the people will perish!