John Waldon - Tuhoe (Ngati Koura, Te Urewera), Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou
John Waldon has long-term interest in the well-being of children and how their rights can best be met.
He was born and educated in Whakatane and has whanau connections with Papakainga and Te Totara marae at Ruatoki, as well as Te Tira Hou in Auckland.
He completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Waikato University where he was mentored by John Rangihau and Malcomm Carr. He worked briefly for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at Ruakura before joining the Hepatitis Research Unit at Whakatane . His whanau mandate was to carry out this research to protect children from hepatitis B
In 1992 he married and in 1994 accepted an appointment at Massey University, Palmerston North. There he joined Pumanawa Hauora where he was awarded a Master of Public Health (Otago 2001). He was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy (Massey 2009) working with supervisors Taiarahia Black, Chris Cunningham, Sir Mason Durie. as well as Annemarie Gillies, Julia Taiapa, Brendon Stephenson and Darryn Joseph.
While at Massey University John was previleged to attend the 2003 session of the United Nations Committee for the rights of the child with Riripeti Haretuku and the 2010 pre-session on behalf of ACYA with John Hancock.
John currently works as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, contract researcher and has and appointment as a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
He was invited to present papers on Maori health and wellbeing in Montreal (4012), Vancouver (2015 and Rio de Janeiro (2015). John is a life member of the Cancer Society (Manawatu Centre) and has served on the boards of the Public Health Association, the NZ Drug Foundation and currently the Manawatu Centre of the Cancer Society.
The Tamariki Maori Portfolio
Tamariki Maori are children born with a unique identity. This is reflected in the reciprocity of relationship they enjoy with their parents, peers and grandparents - whakawhanaungatanga.
The role and responsibilities for the Tamariki Maori portfolio is to portray and give voice to theirs in a manner that