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Wilson Mitchell

SoRHA Co-Chairperson

Wilson is a sixth-year medical student at the University of Otago.

He is one of the co-chairs on the Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA) Council and attends as a student representative on the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Committee.  Wilson is the current President of the Matagouri Rural Health Club based in Dunedin who has been heavily involved in the coordination of numerous talks and events that develop and promote rural healthcare as a rewarding career option for students across all of the health professional programmes. For the last four years, he has also been heavily involved in organising rural school and community trips to regions all over the South Island with the intent to inspire the next generations of rural health professionals at the grassroots level.

Growing up on a farm just out of Outram, Wilson developed a passion for the wellbeing of rural communities from a young age, acknowledging healthcare to be an integral part of this. Having been brought up, schooled and working rurally, he genuinely cares about how these communities function, network and strive to ensure equitable access to quality health and wellbeing services for their people.

Tatiana (Tammy) 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 can’t wait to meet you all!

He waka eke noa!

We are all in this together!

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


You don’t see your discipline represented and you’d like to become involved?  SoRHA welcomes students from all health and wellbeing disciplines. Please get in touch if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be a representative for your area of expertise.