Listen to the Radio NZ Saturday Morning Interview with Marama Mullen.
Marama Mullen (Ngatiawa ki Kapiti) contracted HIV from Peter Mwai in 1993. She was part of the case against him and had a long road to recovery in the wake of the trial and her diagnosis. Mullen co-founded INA – the Maori, Indigenous & South Pacific HIV & AIDS Foundation which provides advocacy and support for indigenous people in Aotearoa and around the world.
She has spoken at the UN and the World Health Organisation and is a board member of the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations. She has received an ONZM for services to HIV. Mullen has three children and lives in the Waikato town of Tirau. Her story is the first in a new television series, I Am, which premieres on TVNZ 1 on June 12.