Māngai Māori Representative

Madison Randall

Ko Hirakimata te maunga,
Ko Toi te moana,
Ko Rehua raua ko te Rangituangahura nga tupuna,
Ko Tainui te waka,
Ko Ngātiwai te iwi,
Ko Ngāti Rehua te hapu,
Ko Motairehe te marae,
Ko Madi ahau,
Tēnā koutou katoa.

My name is Madi, and I am absolutely pumped to be running for the role of Māngai Māori for 2021! As Māngai Māori I plan to: be a vocal advocate for our Māori medical whanau; be disruptive and open the discussion around racism within the medical school; and create change by working with AUMSA, Te Oranga, and NZMSA to dismantle the glass ceiling that is forced upon us. Head on over to ‘Madi for Māngai Māori’ on Facebook for a little more info/to have a phat yarn <3 (P.S. hmu if you want to go roller-skating)

Jessie Parr

Ko Kurahaupō, ko Tākitimu ngā waka
Ko Haruru te maunga
Ko Mohaka te awa
Ko Rongomaiwahine, ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi,
Ko Ngāti Pahauwera te hapu
Ko Waipapa a Iwi te marae
Ko Jessie Parr tōku ingoa

Kia ora e te iwi Māori,

I’m a staunch Māori girl who grew up in the naughty north but my feet are now planted on my tūrangawaewae under Maungakāhia pā of my tīpuna in Māhia. I’m a second year tauira having been in MAPAS for 5 years starting in 2016 as a certie. My journey as a future Tākuta Māori hasn’t been easy – being Māori in the medical programme can be challenging, whether we know little of our Māoritanga or a lot. There’s heaps of mahi to be done to make our hikoi at the university an easier time. I’m honoured to be nominated for Māngai Māori by my peers, I’ve got a fire in my belly to ensure our raru are heard at the decision making levels. This is me with my reason why – my Māmā.

Pasifika Representative

Elise Pertab

Talofa lava! My name is Elise Pertab and I would love to be your AUMSA Pasifika Representative for 2021. I was born and raised in our beautiful country of Aotearoa but I hail from the villages of Falelima and Salani in Samoa. I want to be your Pasifika Rep because I have a passion for advocating for the health of our Pacific people. It is no secret that the NZ health system is based on Eurocentric beliefs which ultimately disadvantages the health of our community, so if I was to be elected your Pasifika Rep, I would do my best to ensure that Pacific culture, values, concepts and beliefs, are at the forefront of decisions made by the AUMSA council.
I also believe that educating those who may not have had the chance to learn about pacific culture is an important part of the role. As we collectively grow to understand more about our Pasifika community, together we can make decisions that will positively impact the health and well-being of our society.
Fa’afetai lava ❤️

Venus Callan

Talofa Lava,
I’m Venus! I am Samoan, living in Manurewa and currently heading into 4th year medicine. I am passionate about Pasifika health for many reasons, one of them being because I know what it’s like to come from the struggles – I live it and see it in my family and community every day. Being a Pasifika med-student is a huge privilege but is difficult for many reasons other than the workload. As a Pasifika student, my experience in medicine has not been ideal in terms of support and identity within the cohort. I believe that this role would be a great opportunity to fix that. I want to use this role to advocate for more support (both academic and general), and to make sure that we are seen and that our cultures are celebrated in these predominantly palagi spaces. As your Pasifika rep, I will work with groups like APHI to raise your concerns and fight for more opportunities for our students.
Ia manuia.