Naida Glavish (Ngāti Whātua). In May 1984, as a humble toll operator, Naida won the right to use the Māori greeting ‘Kia ora’ for all people of Aotearoa NZ. She continues to campaign for the rights of her people and te reo Māori language. As Chief Tikanga Advisor/ General Manager Māori Health for Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board (DHB), Naida leads the organisation in managing relationships with Māori from a tikanga perspective and provides assistance in managing Treaty of Waitangi risks.
Naida is the author of the ‘Tikanga Best Practice Policy’ which is used nationally across many of the DHBs and some private sector organisations. In 2011 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Māori and the community, she is co-chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and in July 2013 became President of the Māori Party.