Dame Tariana Turia and Professor Sir Mason Durie confirmed as our pou (patrons) in 2015.
Dame Tariana Turia is widely regarded as the ‘Whaea’, or ‘Mother’ of Whānau Ora and was responsible for introducing it as government policy for helping families in 2010.
Dame Tariana has held several ministerial portfolios including Minister responsible for Whānau Ora, Disability Issues, the Community and Voluntary Sector, as well as further Associate Ministerial responsibilities including Health, Housing, Social Development and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
Through her work in and outside of Parliament, she was able to significantly and positively affect the lives of countless others. She established the first Community and Voluntary Sector office introduced the Treaty of Waitangi clause into the Health and Disability Act, and promoted the uptake of cultural competency as a basic standard right across the health sector. Her contributions towards the prevention of rheumatic fever and wide-ranging tobacco reform have seen her highly acclaimed on the international stage.
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected academics. His research on whānau development provided an important platform for Whānau Ora. He worked closely with Dame Tariana Turia to develop the Whānau Ora approach and was the founding Chair of the original Whānau Ora Taskforce in 2008.
He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand since 1995 and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit since 2001. In 2008, Otago University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Prior to retirement in 2012 he was Professor of Māori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2013.
His extensive publications continue to be widely quoted within New Zealand and internationally, especially in connection with indigenous health advancement. In 2010 he was knighted for services to public health and especially Māori health.
Our board members have impeccable credentials and ensure that every dollar spent aims to enable whānau to build self-management capability, and therefore a better future. Every member is independent, leaving them free to make decisions fully in the interests of whānau.
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait is a leading advocate for the rights of women & children and also a strong public voice in the campaign to understand and prevent family violence.
Based in in Rotorua, Merepeka is currently an elected member of both the Rotorua Lakes Council and the Lakes District Health Board.
She has a long and distinguished history of public service, having served as CEO of the West Auckland Hospice and rose to National prominence as the outspoken former CEO of Women’s Refuge.
Merepeka holds an MBA in International Management. She has a wealth of experience in the fields of business, management & politics, and is constantly in demand as a commentator and guest panellist, particularly around issues to do with Māori, health & welfare and social justice.
A sought after motivational speaker, mentor and consultant, Merepeka is the author of a long running and highly regarded newspaper column as well as serving as a board member and advisor to several not-for-profit organisations. She is passionate about encouraging and advancing the aspirations of Māori.
Robin is an experienced Māori business leader and is a sought after director and board member.
He is a Director of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and currently sits on a number of boards, including Callaghan Innovation, NZTE, Te Mātāwai, and is the Chair of Te Wānanga O Raukawa. Robin is the former Chief Executive of Aotearoa Fisheries and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission and was Chairman of Sealord Group from 2007-2011.
He is a long-time advocate for Māori education and holds an MBA with Distinction from Massey University, where he was awarded a Massey Medal as one of its distinguished alumni.
The Chairperson of Transparency International (TINZ), Suzanne is able to put into practice her experience as an economic strategist and leading voice in financial transparency.
She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her commitment to women and business.
Previously as a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for nearly 15 years, she is a Ministerial appointed Director on the Health Research Council, now sits as an independent director of the New Zealand Army Leadership Board, and is a tireless patron of the arts.
Suzanne is also an external advisor on several internal audit/risk management committees including the Department of Conservation, Health Research Council, Ministry for the Environment, and Ministry of Transport.
Māori health consultant, teacher and iwi negotiator, Pahia has been a passionate advocate for the principles of Whānau Ora having spent two decades in iwi and Māori health.
Pahia’s very successful Māori development consultancy has spearheaded projects for organisations ranging from Alcohol Advisory Council of NZ to IHC and has become a leader in the Whānau Ora, Māori health and social service sectors.
An Iwi leader and vital contributor to Maori health, he sits on several boards, including the NZ Asthma Foundation. Pahia was appointed to the board on the recommendation of the Iwi Leader’s Forum.
Tatiana comes with vast governance experience representing her iwi in the local council, the district health board, Māori development and economic development.
With a background in teaching she has worked 15 years consulting in project management, evaluation and research, policy and organisational development and currently leads the planning funding and performance portfolio for Manukau Urban Māori Authority.
As a mother of seven tamariki, Tatiana was able to recognise the whānau ora kaupapa as a way for whānau to work towards their own goals, in their own way, for their own priorities.
He is a graduate of Waikato University with a major in Screen and Media Studies and a minor in Aotearoa Studies.
As a protégé of Te Kōhao Health Ltd a large Health, Education, Social and Whānau Ora service provider in Hamilton, he leads the monitoring and performance team for the organisation and the Hauraki, Waikato, Maniapoto and Raukawa Whānau Ora Collective.
Tureia is a strong advocate for Whānau Ora and believes that positive change can be achieved by empowering our people to fulfil their aspirations.