Ngāi Te Ohuake Representative
I te taha tōku papa a Sonny Hīroa, he uri ahau ō ngā iwi, ngā hapū o Mōkai Pātea, Ngāti Uenuku, Te Ātihaunui a Paprangi me Te Aitanga a Mahaki.
I te taha tōku māmā a Una Hīroa, he uri ahau ō Te Ātiawa, Toa Rangatira me Ngāti Tama.
Current Governance Roles
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Ohuake – Delegate
Te Kete Manawa Trust – Trustee
Mōkai Pātea Waitangi Claims Trust – Trustee
Hauora ā Iwi – Board Member
WDHB, CSAC Committee – Committee member
Taihape Health Limited – Director and Mōkai Pātea delegate
I left Taihape in 1983 and returned in 2013, after living in Auckland and Wellington. My work experience includes: health, education, central government policy, and organisation planning & performance.
I worked as a RGON at Taihape Hospital from 1976 until my whānau shifted to Auckland in 1983. I worked at Middlemore Hospital and then for the Auckland Nursing Bureau while training as a primary school teacher. I taught in South Auckland for five years before shifting to Wellington and returning to health.
Since the 1990’s I’ve held senior management positions, first for Hutt Valley Health followed by the Ministry of Health and Te Puni Kōkiri. Prior to shifting home I work as the Director Planning & Performance for Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Māori Fisheries Commission.
My whānau, whānau whānui, and my upbringing in Taihape, provided me with a strong set of values, and the passion and commitment to Iwi Māori, and for rural communities. My mother’s involvement with whakapapa, marae and hapū matters while living in Mōkai Pātea and then later with her own people and the Waiwhetū Treaty of Waitangi claims, rubbed off on me and hence my happy involvement with Mōkai Pātea iwi since my return.