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Tamsin Heremaia

SoRHA Co-Chairperson (Māori)

Kia Ora!

Ko Pūhanga Tohorā tōku maunga.

Ko Mangatawa raua ko Otaua ngā awa.

Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua tōku waka.

Ko Pukerata tōku marae.

Ko Ngāpuhi nui tonu tōku iwi.

Ko Te Kuri tōku Rangatira.

Ko Tamsin Tiana Heremaia tōku ingoa.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing degree in Tāmaki Makaurau with plans to work within a rural setting once I am qualified. I am from a small rural town at the southern end of Auckland and look forward to working closely with other students and health professionals to help establish health equity for our Māori and rural communities. I cant wait to meet you all!

He waka eke noa!

We are all in this together!

Wilson Mitchell

SoRHA Co-Chairperson (General)

Kia ora koutou!

I’m Wilson, a sixth year medical student currently studying my BMedSc(Hons) down in Ōtepoti Dunedin. I was born and raised just down state highway one on the mighty Taieri plain, on a sheep and beef farm. From these rural roots, I am extremely passionate about nurturing the health and wellbeing of our rural communities and the people within then. I aspire to spend my career in rural Aotearoa New Zealand pursuing both rural hospital medicine and rural academia. I thoroughly enjoy working with SoRHA to advance awareness of rural health inequities, particularly those challenges facing rural Māori populations.

I look forward to engaging you within this space.

Ngā mihi nui

Hineare Kahu

Hineari Kahu

SoRHA Co-Chairperson (Māori)

Kia Ora,

Ko Tapuae-o-Uenuku toku maunga

Ko Waiotoa toku awa

Ko Takitimu toku waka

Ko Ngāi Tahu me Ngāpuhi nga iwi

Ko Ngāti Kūri toku hapu

Ko Takahanga toku marae

Ko Hineari Katarina Kahu toku ingoa

No Kaikoura ahau


Kia Ora, my name is Hineari Kahu. I am a fifth year medical student studying at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus. I am from Kaikōura, a small rural town in the South Island. It has long been my dream to return home as the first ever Māori GP. I am new to the group and this role but I am passionate about rural medicine and am so looking forward to my future with SORHA!

Francis Bradley

SoRHA Co-Chairperson (General)

Kia ora e te whānau!

My name is Francis Bradley, born and raised in the beautiful paradise of Kaitāia. I am thankful to have been nurtured by my family and the community. Who I am is very much a reflection of this love.

I am currently a 5th year medical student, studying at the University of Auckland, based in Whangārei for 2021. I am passionate about fairness and equity, both within the space of healthcare, and more broadly, transforming society to embody a more loving, compassionate system.

For 2021-2022, I will be one of SoRHA’s co-chairs, working alongside a bunch of beautifully energetic people who care deeply about our rural and Māori communities. I am excited for what we can collectively contribute to this space, and help grow SoRHA to reflect broad collaboration, aspiring for justice in all forms, and do this with an openness to diversity and continual evolution.

Please add your richness to this space,
Mauri Ora

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Jess Majgaonkar

SoRHA Physiotherapy Representative

Kia ora

I’m Jess and am currently in my third year of physiotherapy at Otago University. Outside of uni I enjoy the outdoors, reading and guitar. I’m very passionate about physio and people, and am currently the head academic and wellbeing exec member. Having been a part of the Westland rural schools trip last year; this allowed me to see the importance of healthcare in rural areas and inspired my application for this role. Because I grew up in Christchurch, the extent of the discrepancies between rural and urban healthcare was eye-opening. With the potential to make a difference for rural communities, I am extremely excited about being the SoRHA Physiotherapy Representative this year.

Taylor Gauld

SoRHA Dentistry Representative

Hometown: Auckland

Studying: 4th Year dentistry University of Otago

About me: Having had my first exposure to SORHA two years ago on a rural school visit I became interested in the possibility of living and practicing in a rural setting. Since then, I have enjoyed my involvement in SORHA and my passion for all aspects of rural health has grown. I am looking forward to another great year with SORHA.

Hobbies: I enjoy getting into the outdoors and completing in multisport events.


Rebecca Robinson

SoRHA Secretary

Kia ora koutou,

Ko Rebecca Robinson tōku ingoa.

I am taking on the secretarial role for SoHRA this year! Proud to be from an arable farm in Mid-Canterbury, and am in my third year of Medicine at the University of Otago. I took the long way into medicine by studying Nursing after completing high school; working for 3 years in various emergency departments through the country; and then finally making the decision to study to be a doctor and landing at medical school.

I knew that SoHRA was the club for me to get involved with due to the awesome mahi they do with promoting rural health careers and the opportunities available.

If you are a student in a health related tertiary course, come and join in our open monthly meetings on zoom, haere mai!

Other positions available!

SoRHA is a multidisciplinary rural health student network, so if you are passionate about rural health and wellbeing regardless of whether you see your discipline or tertiary institution listed below, please apply for a role on the OGG.

To be a member of the OGG, you must also be a member of SoRHA. Membership of SORHA is free so if you would like to be on the OGG, you can sign up here

Meetings are held monthly via Zoom and it is anticipated that over and above this, OGG members will only spend a few hours a week on SORHA related activities.

A SORHA OGG position is held until the next AGM (Annual General Meeting). SoRHA OGG members are responsible for being the main contact for their peers and other stakeholders to ensure a consistent point of contact.

Nominations for a position on the SORHA OGG are currently open to those who have an interest in rural health, and want to help further the sustainability of healthcare services for all those in rural Aotearoa New Zealand. Currently in Aotearoa New Zealand we have a shortage of rural health professionals across all fields, and we encourage those studying across all disciplines and training providers to apply for OGG roles.

SoRHA is committed to equitable representation on our OGG through Te Tiriti o Waitangi (more information can be found in our Terms of Reference) to have at least a 50/50 partnership with Māori, so if you are tangata whenua we’d love to hear from you! In relation to our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi our goal is to have equitable representation across all OGG positions.