Ko Mauao te maunga Ko Tauranga te moana Ko Ngatiranginui me Ngaiterangi taku iwi Ko Pirirakau me Nga Potiki taku hapu Ko Anna Kataraina Rolleston taku ingoa Anna was born in Tauranga Moana and started her tertiary education in 1997 at the University of Auckland. In 2000 she was awarded a BSc (Sport and Exercise Science), in 2002 completed her MSc in Exercise Physiology and in 2010 was awared her PhD. Anna lectured at Manukau Institute of Technology in the Department of Nursing and Health Studies 2002-2010. She now holds a joint position in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Auckland between the Department of General Practice and Te Kupenga Hauora Maori. Anna is also the director of The Cardiac Clinic based in Tauranga Moana. Anna's research interests include cardiovascular disease - specifically cardiac rehabilitation and prevention through exercise and education, Maori health - in the area of cardiovascular disease and exercise physiology and integration of Te Ao Maori into health service provision
Anna has a soapbox and she likes to stand on it and have her say. If you’ve ever been to one of Anna’s presentations you’ll know what we mean. Sounds scary doesn’t it?! Well don’t be scared because what Anna cares most about is you…and your health…and the health of your whanau. Anna’s vision is of a healthcare system that works for you and with you. Where you are the power in your health world, where you are fully informed of your choices and where you get to choose your own pathway to better health and wellbeing. “No-one wants to be sick. We’re here to provide options to prevent ill health and to manage conditions like heart disease and diabetes in an innovative way”. Anna’s big on innovation. In fact it was Anna’s drive to be innovative that has created a health centre that looks to integrate worlds, combine knowledge and present a new approach for health. “We all have belief systems; we all have ways of being. Those systems and ways dictate the way we look after ourselves”. Anna combines a robust scientific and academic background with an understanding that change comes from within, but that we often need a good deal of support to facilitate that change.