In Michael Naera's whānau you had three career options growing up; builder, singer or health. Devastated by the grief of having many people in his hapū, Ngāti Pikiao, die by suicide, Naera chose the health direction.

For the past 10 years he has used his position to be a translator between the medical and Māori worlds to try and get better care for those suspicious of the healthcare system.

Now, having made huge strides within the Rotorua community, the passionate mental health advocate is ready for a change. Leah Tebbutt sits down with him to discuss his next direction.