Charlie Tipiwai has spoken three times about being the recipient of an organ from a deceased donor, but for the first time he spoke at a first of its kind transplant hui, to better inform Māori healthcare providers and influencers about organ donation.

The hui, on Wednesday, was held in Hawke's Bay and was a first for New Zealand.

Hastings resident Tipiwai, 60, said the hui was a great way to inform and support patients/whānau who faced transplant conversations, or were on the receiving end of a deceased person's organ.

"I had to choose between Māori medicine and Pakeha medicine.

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