Tama is of Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent.
He has over 25 years-experience in public health, mental wellbeing and addictions services, within iwi, the NGO sector and District Health Boards.
His expertise is in governing large health organizations. He is currently the deputy chair for ADHB, the Northern DHBs representative for New Zealand Health Partnerships, board member for Comprehensive Care PHO and for Yellow Brick Road Auckland, elected member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and whanau director on Whai Maia the social developmental arm of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Tama is also a Director of Ahikaroa Enterprises which develops NGO Māori responsiveness frameworks through strategic advice, auditing measures and delivery of cultural competency and Treaty of Waitangi training. He holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Huanga Māori, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Tama’s focus is on effective health services, indigenous models of care, addressing inequity in health outcomes, and pursuing hauora for all.