Ko Kahurānaki te māunga.
Ko Ngaruroro te awa.
Ko Takitimu te waka.
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu tōku iwi.
Ko Ngāti Hinemanu tōku hapū.
Ko Omahu tōku marae.
Ko Philippa Gillies tōku ingoa.
Philippa was born and raised in Hawkes Bay and graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2019. Over the course of her Degree, Philippa’s passion for Māori health quickly grew, in particular working to reduce the many health inequities our Māori people experience daily.
While working as an intern at Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Philippa witnessed first-hand the many positive impacts Māori Health Organisations can have on communities and especially our rangatahi. Working for a Māori Health Organisation has always been a goal for Philippa and she is extremely proud to be working for Hāpai.
Outside of work, Philippa loves all things Rugby League