Te Kani Kingi is Director of Te Mata o te Tau, The Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship at Massey University in Wellington. His specialist interests are in mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health.
He has been an executive member of the New Zealand Public Health Association, the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, the National Ethics Advisory Committee, the National Health Committee and the Public Health Advisory Committee.
He currently sits on Statistics New Zealand’s Māori Advisory Group, the Pharmacy Council and is Chair of the Mental Health Commission’s Advisory Board. He was born and raised in Poroporo and attended St Stephens Māori Boys College in South Auckland. He has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Awa and Ngāi Tai.