Professor David Tipene-Leach
Māori and Indigenous Research Professor
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Formerly a Hawke’s Bay doctor, David was appointed Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research at EIT in early 2017.
He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and health in 2018.
From Pōrangahau and of Ngāti Kere and Ngāti Manuhiri descent, David has spent his working life promoting Māori health.
Celebrated for the work he has undertaken to prevent Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), he worked with weavers and Maori midwives in developing the wahakura woven flax bassinet and “its little sister”, the plastic Pepi-Pod.
The subsequent Safe Sleep programme has been credited with saving the lives of many babies. The Ministry of Health announced in 2017 that the infant safe sleep programme would run the wahakura project nationwide.
David continues to advance his research interests at EIT, where he also teaches a postgraduate programme in Māori health.