Clayton Wikaira ((Te Hikutu / Nga Puhi) is a member of the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) National leadership team, providing national leadership, direction and support for the HPS sector in New Zealand. Clayton has over 14 years’ experience delivering community development projects that successfully improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Maori in both rural and urban setting. Recently he has worked with low socio-economic communities in Northland where there is high unemployment, poor housing, alcohol and drug abuse and challenging health and wellbeing outcomes.
Clayton’s strength is being able to engage with hard to reach Maori communities, becoming part of their community and leading change that is both empowering and sustainable. He has worked alongside communities, supporting them to develop programmes and strategies that strengthen their capacity to address multiple health issues.