My strengths lie in organisational governance and leadership.  I currently hold a number of governance roles for local, regional and national organisations.  I have a solid business acumen and an informed view on local and national political and social issues.  I am an active member of the NZ Institute of Directors and was accepted into the 2019-2020 IOD Mentoring for Diversity programme. I am versed in tikanga and fluent in te reo Māori.  In addition to formal governance roles, I hold a number of voluntary community leadership positions in an effort to support community development.

Governance Roles/ Directorships

  • Health Hawke's Bay (PHO): Chair 2017-Current; Deputy Chair 2016-2017; Director 2011-2016; Priority Population Committee Member 2017-Current and Chair 2011-2017
  • Te Pītau Health Alliance: Chair 2018-Current
  • Te Mata Park Trust: Trustee 2018-Current
  • Hastings District Council: Elected Councillor 2016-Current; Māori Joint Committee Member 2013-Current; Rural Community Board Member 2011-2016
  • Māori Education Trust: Trustee/Director 2015-Current
  • Takitimu Ora (Whānau Ora alliance): Director 2014-Current
  • NZ Māori Council: Representative Member 2015-Current
  • Ipurangi Developments Ltd / Wana Consulting & Lifelong Health Ltd: Director 2009-Current
  • Cray Bay Lands Trust: Director 2004-Current
  • The Māori Party: Co-Vice President 2014-2016; Ikaroa Rāwhiti Chair 2012-2014
  • Waimārama Māori (marae) Committee: Chair 2011-2016
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga: Trustee 2006-2008
Employment Experience
  • Ipurangi Developments Ltd / Wana Consulting: Māori Development Consultancy 2009-Current
  • Ngā Kairauhii Trust: Project Manager 2009-2016
  • Hawke's Bay DHB: Portfolio Manager 2004-2008
  • Te Ropū Huihuinga Hauora: Finance Manager 2001-2003
  • Gracelands Trust: Project Manager 2000-2001
  • University of Waikato: Postgraduate Diploma Strategic Management 1998
  • University of Waikato: BMS (Management Studies) Māori Resource Management 1994-1997
Further education
  • Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa: Diploma Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori School of Excellence 2018
  • Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: BMPA (Māori Performing Arts) 2016-2017
  • University of Auckland: RMA Making Good Decisions 2016 & 2018