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by Qiane Matata-Sipu

//079 Renata Watene


Renata Watene (Ngā Puhi, Tainui) is an optometrist, and one of very few Māori in the industry.

As the director of her own optometry practice that now boasts two locations in Tāmaki Makaurau, and a member of the Waitematā District Health board, she is passionate about improving health equity for Māori, particularly when it comes to eye health.

In this episode Renata talks to us about her 21-year-long career. She shares her whakaaro on our health statistics and talks about prevention as key - reminding us we should be getting eyes checked every two years! We discuss the new health reforms taking place across Aotearoa and Renata shares her personal stories about failure, and how failure is vital for success.


Episode 11

by Qiane Matata-Sipu