Judith (Huti) Watson

Judith (Huti) Watson is an Aotearoa/New Zealand Māori of Ngāti Porou / Tainui descent principally based in the Tairāwhiti in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Weipa/Cairns.

‘My social change project will focus on using community development principles combined with Mātauranga Maori to work in an enabling way with whānau and hapū to intensify transformative, community led action in addressing wellness.’

Huti is a consultant with a broad range of knowledge across health, research, consulting, and economic development. passionate about the wellbeing of her tribe and committed to ensuring that the next generation lives longer and better than the last. She is Huti is actively engaged in promoting business enterprise and key economic initiatives that are aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of whānau (family), hapū (extended family) and iwi (tribe), and works with Indigenous people of both Australia and New Zealand. She is Chair of a Maori Manuka honey landowner collective, Ngati Porou Miere, and Deputy Chair of Ngati Porou Hauora, a tribal health board.

‘My vision is ‘Kia tu pakari, kei tua o kapenga’ - We will Stand Strong (as a tribe), To Achieve Excellence (in health). This vision is to not only deliver excellence in the provision of clinical services, but to also work intensively with Māori communities to increase their involvement in dealing with community identified issues that relate to their unique social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and health needs.’