Dr Will Edwards is a Director of Taumata Associates, a Māori public health research and development consultancy based in South Taranaki. As the previous chair of Te Korowai o Ngāruahine, he led the Iwi Data Leadership Group for the National Iwi Chairs’ Forum representing 75 iwi.
Will serves on a number of boards including Te Korowai o Ngāruahine, Parinihi ki Waitotara Incorporation, Tuiora, and Taranaki Futures. He also serves on the boards of New Plymouth’s Te Kopae Piripono Māori immersion early childhood education centre, the Hāwera High School Board of Trustees, and Te Reo o Taranaki. He is Chair of the Tangahoe Tribal Trust, is on the Health Research Council of New Zealand Māori Health Committee, and is a co-investigator on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.
His PhD in Public Health focused on Māori Positive Ageing. Will descends from Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Tāngahoe, Pakakohi and Ngāti Ruanui iwi.