Natural-born advocate

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Natural-born advocate

Virginia
McMillan
Melanie Wi Repa in a beautiful forest landscape_Photo by Peter Meecham
Melanie Wi Repa, chair of the RNZCGP’s Māori representative group Te Akoranga a Māui, decided in her teens to become a doctor. Photo: Peter Meecham

With an East Coast farm and marae her childhood foundations, Melanie Wi Repa has learned how to fit in wherever she travels. Still roving – as a locum GP – she tells Virginia McMillan about her life and priorities as the leading voice for Māori at the RNZCGP. Pictures by Peter Meecham

At age 14, Melanie Wi Repa was considering joining the army or police force, becoming an air hostess or training to be a nurse.