Mereana Pitman, of Napier, MNZM for services to Maori and family violence prevention
Mereana Pitman works as a trainer and facilitator at DOVE Hawkes Bay, a family-violence prevention organisation. She has been the National Māori Chairperson of Women’s Refuge and contributed to the development of Mauri Ora, a violence prevention framework, by participating in the ministerial Māori taskforce on family violence. She is a co-ordinator of the Ngati Kahungunu Violence-free Iwi Strategy, a project supported by Te Puni Kokiri and based in Hawke’s Bay. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications that address family violence and parenting from a kaupapa Māori research perspective. Ms Pitman has frequently spoken publicly about issues affecting Māori children and young people.