Donna is a registered Medical Herbalist and currently serving member on the NZAMH committee.
Donna is a traditionally trained Rongoa Maori practitioner with a small clinic in Helensville where she has practiced since 2006. Before completing a BHSc (Comp. Med) and pursuing a career in traditional medicine she worked in the IT industry as the lead consultant on high value projects across the Pacific for an international customer base servicing the telecommunications, banking, agriculture and Government sectors.
She is a regular lecturer at a number of tertiary training organisations around the county and has presented at national and international conferences on health, environmental and indigenous issues.
She previously served two terms on the Board of South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and Project K. Donna is a member and health policy consultant to the national collective of Rongoa Maori practitioners, Te Kāhui Rongoā.
She has written extensively on traditional medicine for both practitioner and indigenous publications, for several years and was the rongoa Maori presenter on the long standing television series Maara Kai. Donna is Director of her own company Ora New Zealand which provides rongoa Maori advice to Government, education providers, professional associations and community.
Donna was appointed a member of the Government Natural Health Products Permitted Ingredients Subcommittee in 2016.
She is a passionate advocate for traditional healing practices and their potential and relevance for people of all cultures in a modern world.
Workshop: Getting to know the natives.
Learn the stories of hard working manuka, showy kawakawa, soothing houhere, blushing makomako, scruffy karamu and others that make up our native village.
Where science meets tradition
Donna’s presentation will reflect on traditional Maori healing values and practices and how they complement modern science.
She will investigate the potential of magic, myths and miracles to help fill the voids in incomplete science and why even the most stubborn politicians must look to our traditions to help resolve the many challenges we face in a modern world.