Marama Pala – New Zealand

maramaMarama Pala (Ngatiawa ki Kapiti Iwi), BML, BMA, AdvDip Business systems, was infected with HIV in 1993; her status was highly publicised as the first New Zealand/World HIV court case. She is the Executive Director of INA, an organization that provides education, advocacy and support services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Marama is also a New Zealand representative on the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS). She was appointed as one of seven Global community representatives on the Community Programme Committee (CPC) for the XIX (19th) International AIDS Conference 2012 (AIDS 2012), held in Washington. Marama is a keynote speaker at numerous conferences on HIV in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Canada and Europe. Marama is married to Tony Pala who is from Papa New Guinea and has two children who are HIV negative.