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Dr Hinemoa Elder

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Author

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Dr Hinemoa Elder, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in youth forensic and neuropsychiatry. Dr Elder is an advocate for use of Te Reo Māori.

She has a PhD and NZ Health Research Council Eru Pomare Post-Doctoral Fellowship researching traumatic brain injury.

Dr Elder is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal and a Specialist Assessor under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003. 

Hinemoa received the NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori and Psychiatry in 2019.

Dr Elder travelled to Antarctica in late 2019 as part of Homeward Bound, a global leadership programme for women in science. 

In 2020 Dr Elder’s best-selling book “Aroha. Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet” was published by Penguin Random House. In 2021 the book was chosen to be part of the Oprah Winfrey Book club.

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