Owen is a Maori medical practitioner, General Paediatrician and Paediatric Emergency Specialist working at Waitakere Hospital.
Along with medical practice, he has completed research into the causes of ethnic inequalities in health, focusing on Maori health inequalities, particularly in relation to Pertussis and immunisation uptake. He holds a Masters of Public Health on these topics. He lectures on Maori Health at the University of Auckland and is part of a network developing a curriculum to teach Maori health issues to students and doctors. He has completed multiple medical aid trips to Pacific Islands, most recently Kiribati.
Away from medicine he is a husband, and father to James (10) and Lucy (8), and coaches their cricket and rugby teams. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees at his children’s school. If he has any spare time, he is a keen fisherman and gardener.