Whāea Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho is mana whenua/from Ōtautahi and has connections to Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tārewa, Ngāti Irakehu; Ngāti Wheke....) , Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwāhine , Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Samoa, Havaiki (Rarotonga), Tāhiti, is a mother of 9 and grandmother of 3. She has a PhD in behavioural psychology and science and is an award winning educator, having taught decolonisation and critical theory for over 35 years. She is known internationally for her extensive commitment to indigenous suicide prevention and mental health and well-being and is well-published in this kaupapa, having developed and led a number of innovative studies. She is a scholar and activist and fierce in challenging injustice whenever and wherever she encounters it and is Whāea for People against Prisons Aotearoa, a member of Organise Aotearoa, Peace Action Aotearoa, Doctors without Borders; the Global Dignity Initiative, (three times Nobel peace prize group nominee); a founding member of Te ORA/New Zealand Māori Medical Practitioners Association; International Taskforce of Indigenous Psychologists and sponsors the work of ActionStation, Doctors without Borders and Greenpeace NZ. Finally, she is part of the award winning housing research group He Kainga Ōranga and Te Roopu Rangahau Hauora ā Eru Pōmare.
Sunday, November 24
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM