Marama Pala is an
indigenous woman living with HIV and the mother of two children, and hails from the people of the river (Ngatiawa no runga i te rangi) New Zealand
Māori. She has lived with HIV for 22 years. Marama is the Co-chair of
the International Indigenous working group on HIV & AIDS, the Chair of the
International Council of AIDS service organisations (ICASO.org), and a member of the Communities Delegation to
the Global Fund on HIV, TB and Malaria, and the Executive Director of INA (Māori
Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation.