Dr Hector Matthews
Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health, Canterbury DHB, Christchurch, NZ
Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri
Married with three adult tamariki and two mokopuna, whānau are at the centre of Hector's work and life. Hector strongly supports the revitalisation of te reo Māori and tikanga as a foundation for whānau wellbeing.
Hector is the Executive Director of Māori and Pacific Health at the Canterbury District Health Board. Hector has been working in Māori health and Māori communities since leaving the army with the rank of Captain in 1997, following a one year peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. Hector chaired the establishment of a Kura Kaupapa Māori (immersion Māori language school) in Christchurch for 10 years, and chaired the council of CPIT for 8 years. He also managed a large urban marae for four years and is a current lay member of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
Hector holds a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori & Indigenous Studies, Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Systems Management, Queen's Commission (NZ Army). He is also an Ahorei (senior tutor) of Mau Taiaha and Nidan (second degree black belt), Seido Karate.