Kiri Rikihana is of pakeha, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira tribal descent. These tribes are located in the south west of the north island.
Kiri is the Group Manager of the Mortality Review Committee Secretariat at the Health Quality & Safety Commission of New Zealand and will be Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ (ANZCA)General Manager (NZ) in August.
Kiri is a lawyer by training and continues to hold a practicing certificate with the New Zealand Law Society. However, she began work in the health sector straight from University.
In her 25-plus years in health, Kiri has worked in policy, project management and senior management and held various roles within the Ministry of Health.
She has served as a Māori and community representative on the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand and the Chiropractic Board of New Zealand. Kiri is the current Chair of the Interagency Health Equity hub Te iti me te rahi – a forum to consider Māori health advancement and health equity.
Kiri is regularly involved in Māori development via the social and economic status of her Iwi (tribes) and is committed to the revitalisation of the Māori language as an every day language used in the workplace and the home.