Mr Tearikivao (Kiki) Maoate ONZM, FRACS

Cook Islands, CHAIR

“I see service as one of my cultural values. There’s an expectation where I come from that you serve and that you are going to look after your community”

Dr Tearikivao (Kiki) Maoate is a Paediatric Surgeon and Urologist based in Christchurch. He is a well-respected leader in the Cook Island community and in the health and education sector in both New Zealand and the region.

He was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for his dedication and commitment to Pacific Health. In 2015, he was awarded a Commander Royal Crown of Tonga by His Majesty Tupou VI for services to the people of Tonga in health. Kiki is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is the Clinical Director of the Pacific Island Programme. He is Associate Dean, Pacific Health, University of Otago based on Christchurch. Dr Maoate is the Chairperson of Pasifika Medical Association Group.