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Gill Potaka-Osborne

Whakauae Research Services
Whanganui, New Zealand
Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ruapehu te maunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi te iwi
Ko Ngāti Tuera, Ngāti Pamoana, Ngāti Pareraukawa ngā hapū.
Ko Pungarehu, ko Parikino, ko Koriniti, Ko Ngātokowaru Marae ngā marae.
Ko Gill Potaka-Osborne au.
 In 2005, I began employment with Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development as a research administrator. My role has expanded overtime and I now hold the position as a health services researcher focussing on community research and evaluation. This has given me the opportunity to engage, build capability and seek solutions with local communities. My passion is to grow Māori potential and I am excited about being able to use research and evaluation as methods for advancing Māori development.
I was supported by Whakauae to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sector and Evaluation Research. This was followed by completion of a Master of Arts in 2019. The title of this was “Kind of like outside the box but kinda in the box”:  Using cup of tea words to describe experiences of Māori evaluators with Māori communities in externally commissioned evaluations. I am a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), Ma Te Rae Māori Evaluation Association and of the Australian Evaluation Society (AES).
E rere kau mai te awa nui
mai I te Kāhui Maunga ki Tangaroa
Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au
The great river flows from the mountain to the sea
I am the river the river is me