About Us

Health Specialists Profile:

The Health Specialists Directors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the region with the unique skill of working at a local level, in partnership to develop sustainable solutions.

" ... my experience in coming from the Cook Islands and training through the New Zealand and Australian health systems to gain a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons provides me with a unique insight into processes for capacity building for Pacific based Clinicians" - Mr. Tearikivao (Kiki) Maoate - ONZM, FRACS

The Directors are:

Dr Tearikivao (Kiki) Maoate ONZM, FRACS

Dr Kiki Maoate is one of New Zealand's leading Paediatric Surgeons and Paediatric Urologists based at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand. He is a well-respected leader in the Cook Island community and Pacific health sector in New Zealand and the region. He was awarded in 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 a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a surgical examiner and the Clinical Director of the Pacific Island Program and is a member of the Pacific Islands Surgeons Association. He holds a position as Associate Dean Pacific Health, University of Otago based in Christchurch.
Kiki is the Chair of the Minister of Pacific Peoples (New Zealand) Ministerial Advisory Committee. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the University of Canterbury Council and the New Zealand and Pacific Health Research Councils. Kiki is Chairperson, Pasifika Futures Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency. This organisation works to improve health, education and social service outcomes for Pacific families in New Zealand. It holds a Commissioning Budget of $50m over 3 years and is the single largest Government funded Pacific organisation in New Zealand. He is also Chairperson of the Pasifika Medical Association

Kiki is an advisor to the Cook Islands Ministry of Health and is active in the Pacific region as Clinical Director for Health Specialists Ltd working with the MFAT and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia. He is Clinical Director and oversees the RACS PIP program.

Kiki holds the current roles:

Paediatric Surgeon/Paediatric Urologist at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch and South Island regional hospitals including as a Visiting Specialist for Tertiary hospitals in New Zealand.
• Paediatric Surgeon/Paediatric Urologist at Children's Specialist Centre Limited Christchurch
Member Systems Governance Group, Canterbury DHB
Associate-Dean Pacific Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago
Senior Lecturer Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago
Member, Pacific Strategy Group, University of Otago
• Surgical Supervisor, Paediatric training program, RACS
Executive Member, RACS Global Health Committee, 2003 -
Clinical Director, Health Specialists Ltd, Specializing in providing tertiary clinical services support and leadership development and delivering the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme to 5 countries in the region and Clinical Advisor specializing in providing workforce capacity development advise for the Medical Service Delivery and Evaluation Programme in Vanuatu.