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Profile of Manawhenua Hauora Board Members

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A brief profile on members of Manawhenua Hauora, including their background, Iwi affiliation, and when they were first elected to the Iwi authority.


Oriana Paewai
Rangitaane O Manawatu
Commenced 2008
Oriana is the CEO of a large Iwi health provider based in Dannevirke.  She became involved in the health sector in 2001 when she joined the local public health service as a Health Promotion Advisor.  Shortly after, she was appointed Maori Health Manager for MidCentral Health and in 2006 moved to her current role.
Oriana represents her hapu on many organisations, including the Manawatu District Council's Marae Consultative Committee, and the Raukawa District Council. She is currently a member of the Manawatu Wanganui Community Lottery Committee, Trustee and Committee Secretary of the Aorangi Marae, and a member of MidCentral DHB's Community & Public Health Advisory Committee.
Danielle Harris
Deputy Chair
Rangitaane O Manawatu
Commenced 2001
Danielle Harris is presently the Chief Executive Officer of Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated Roopu, the Mandated Iwi Authority for Rangitaane O Manawatu.  Danielle holds a Bachelor of Law, a Post Graduate Diploma In Business and Administration and a Certificate In Company Direction.
Danielle was a member of MidCentral District Health Board from 2001 – 2008 and served on the Hospital Advisory Committee, Community Public Health Advisory Committee, Hospital Audit Committee (Chair), Funding Audit Committee (Chair) and the Group Audit Committee. 
Danielle as Chief Executive of Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated Roopu manages Whakapai Hauora, Rangitaane o Manawatu health and social service arm.
Danielle's tribal affiliations include Rangitaane, Ngapuhi, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Ruanui, Muaupoko and Ngati Apa.
Adele Berquist
Ngati Kahungunu
Commenced 2013
Adele works for the Central PHO as a Whānau Ora Systems Navigator, having been secondered from her previous role as a Physical Activity Educator with the Central PHO’s Chronic Care team.
Adele’s background is in Sport and Exercise Science, however she is very passionate about health inequalities and  improving outcomes for Māori.
Adele was born and raised in Waipukurau, however she now resides in Dannevirke with her partner and children.
Adele is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa descent.
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Paddy Jacobs
Ngati Raukawa
Commenced 2015
Paddy Jacobs represents Raukawa ki te Tonga on Manawhenua Hauora. She holds a Bachelor of Maori Health Studies from Te Wananga o Raukawa, a Diploma of Frontline Management and Certificate in Business from the  NZ Institute of Management.
Paddy currently works as part of the team within the Maori Health Development Unit, Te Whare Rapuora,  MidCentral Health.  She has worked in health, disability, mental health and elderly care sectors of MidCentral  Health for almost 40 years.  Paddy is a project team member of the Supporting Older Maori and Pacific Peoples in the Central Region 2012.

Outside of work, Paddy's responsibilities include Acting Chair Ngati Wehi Wehi Marae Committee, Deputy Chair Te Runanga o Raukawa, Trustee Raukawa and Ngati Huia ki Katihiku Marae, Nga Karoro Trust Te Horo, Member of Raukawa Maori District Council, Treaty Claimant Member of Tumatanui.
Iwi affiliations are Ngati Raukawa au ki te Tonga, Ngati Toarangatira, Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngai Te Rangi.
Henare Kani
Commenced 2010
Henare has been involved in many roles in the health sector and promotes the use of kaupapa Māori to improve Māori wellbeing. As a director of Tupu, an organisation which has a kaupapa Māori based whānau development and childbirth and parenting programme, he is able to make a personal contribution in improving the quality of life for whānau.

 Based in Dannevirke, Henare is self employed and also active in the affairs of Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua who supported his appointment to this board. He has extensive Māori and health sector networks locally and nationally and an in-depth understanding of the benefits of professional standards and review processes and supports strong feedback systems and the necessity to work together to get better outcomes for Māori through sharing knowledge and effective networking.

Henare is also of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Waikato descent.

Matt Matamua
Commenced 2008
Matt Matamua has long association with the intellectual disability sector.  He has a psychopaedic nursing background and worked for many years at Kimberley Centre – a residential care facility for people with an intellectual disability. He is current the Maori Health Manager for Healthcare of New Zealand Limited.
Matt’s Iwi affiliation is Muaupoko ki Kawiu Marae, and through this has been involved in a number of organisations in Horowhenua and Manawatu.  Current memberships include the Horowhenua District Council’s Health & Transport Committee.  Matt’s previous involvements include Chairman of Manawhenua Hauora, and membership of MidCentral DHB’s Hospital Advisory and Community & Public Health Advisory Committees. 
Photo of Robyn Richardson Robyn Richardson
Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga
Commenced 2015

Robyn is a Programme Co-ordinator for Te Rau Puawai Maori Mental Health Workforce Development within the College of Health, Massey University since 2010.  The programme was developed by Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie in 1999 between Health Workforce New Zealand (formerly Ministry of Health) and Massey University.
Robyn became involved in the health sector in 1996 when she joined Enable New Zealand, then Te Runanga o Raukawa as a Mental Health Support Worker followed onto Public Health and Central PHO as a Health Promotion Advisor.
Robyn represents Te Runanga o Raukawa as her hapu delegate, is a trustee for Te Roopu Hokowhitu, and Central PHO Board.  Robyn is also of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hauiti ki Rata, Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Whanaunga ki Hauraki descent.
Master of Management graduate.

Debbie Te Puni
Kai Rangahau
Commenced 2008
Debbie has a background in business consultancy, general practice and Maori community health service coordination, and currently holds an AIM Dip. Of Business and NZIM Dip in FLM.  Debbie provides analytical and administrative support to Manawhenua Hauora.
Tribal Affiliations include; Rangitaane O Manawatu and Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga.






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