Arawhetu Gray is of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Ira, Rangitāne and Ngāi Tahu descent. She is currently the Director Māori Health Services, Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley and has worked in the health sector for over 35 years, leading innovation in Māori health in the areas of workforce, policy and service development. Arawhetu has had extensive involvement in ethics review committees at both national and local levels and has also worked on key health issues such as cervical screening and ownership of data, youth suicide prevention, sexual and reproductive health and mental health. Arawhetu has knowledge of, and understands, the work of the SuMRC. She was a member of the expert advisory group that preceded the SuMRC and provided advice on the establishment of the feasibility study of 2014–2015. Arawhetu was also the chair of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group in 2019.