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Pania Coote

Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa | JP | MSW | Dipswk | MANZASW

Pania is a founding leader of Community Research.  She has a background in social, health and education, with a Masters in Social Welfare and Community Development through the University of Otago.  She has a range of interests including research/evaluation, communities and addressing the causes of inequities. Building on over 20 years’ experience in the health arena, she strives to improve, promote and protect the health and well-being of the people that she serves.

Pania is a trustee of Te Rūnanga o Awarua and working as a consultant in the areas of Māori health, policy and research.  Pania has extensive experience in management and governance positions with a strong interest in community development.

Born and raised in Bluff, Pania has over 20 years’ work experience at all levels of the health system. Pania is well-versed in best practices and addressing health inequities. Pania’s passion lies in advancing Māori health outcomes and driving positive change.

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