Rukingi Haupapa

Kaumatua – Rukingi Haupapa

Rukingi Haupapa is kaumatua of the NZSTA. His role is to assist the speech-language therapy profession in providing a culturally safe and equitable service. Suffering a stroke in 2005 led Rukingi back to tertiary education to identify his new future.

In 2007 he completed his Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), and then accomplished his Master of Indigenous Studies in 2014. Rukingi is now in the final year of his doctorate research which is focused on stroke in Te Puku o Te Ika (Māori social groups in the centre of the North Island).

When he isn’t working, Rukingi spends most of his time around his whānau (wife Cathy, four daughters and eight mokopuna) and at his marae where he lives in Ohinemutu village, Rotorua.

Rukingi can be contacted at kaumatua@speechtherapy.org.nz