Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hau, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ruapekapeka ko Hikurangi ko Whangatauatia ngā maunga
Ko Taumarere ko Te Raparapa ngā awa
Ko Hineamaru rātou ko Kataraina Rutene ko Haroka Paraone ko Miria Kopa ōku Karani Ma
Ko Te Ruki Kawiti rātou ko Wiremu Te Kopa ko Pirirpi Livingstone ko Rawiri Rutene ōku tūpuna
Ko Ngāti Hine ko Te Aupōuri ko Te Rarawa ko Ngāti Hau ko Ngāpuhi-nui tonu ngā Iwi
Ko Matawaia ko Akerama ngā marae
Ko Ricky Bell tōku ingoa, nā reira ko au he kūmura ō te whenua ō Te Tai Tokerau
Back in the day I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and then worked at Mackay Base, Clermont, Royal Brisbane, St Andrews and Wesley hospitals before beginning private practice in 1996. I owned a sports and spinal clinic within a medical centre in Sunnybank Hills, Brisbane for nearly 11 years prior to returning home to Aotearoa in 2008. I have worked with many sporting teams in Australia including the Brisbane Bullets Basketball team, Brisbane Broncos RLFC and was the official team physiotherapist for the Queensland Under 19 Women’s Netball team from 1996 - 2001. Now living in Ahipara I look after our warriors at Te Rarawa RUFC and also help out with our U19 representative teams in Northland.
In 2008 I opened a private practice in Ahipara, Aotearoa located on the shoreline of 90 Mile Beach not far from our well known left point break at Shipwreck Bay. In 2011 I graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Endorsed in Musculoskeletal) with distinction from the University of Otago, Dunedin.
In 2012 I obtained a Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy (Otago) with distinction and conducted research investigating injuries in Waka Ama. I am a current PhD candidate with my thesis titled ‘Huarahi Hauora’ in which we are exploring an indigenous approach to improving the health outcomes for Māori in Aotearoa. When I'm not working you'll find me diving for pāua/cray’s, surfing, fishing or spending time with whanau/friends and doing all things Māoritanga.