Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman has appointed longstanding Maori health advocate Oriana Paewai to the Board of MidCentral District Health Board.
Ms Paewai, who has been an appointed member of the MidCentral District Health Board’s community and public health advisory committee since May 2010, succeeds Richard Orzecki who died earlier this year.
MidCentral District Health Board chairman Phil Sunderland welcomed the one-year appointment. “Oriana brings with her a wealth of knowledge around health, and especially Maori health, in the district and across the DHB. We look forward to working with her at the board table across both district health boards.”
Ms Paewai is the CE of Rangitane o Tamaki nui a Rua, a large Iwi health and social service provider based in Dannevirke. She became involved in the health sector in 2001 when she joined the MidCentral District Health Board public health service as Kaihapai, Toiora Maori (Health Promotion Advisor). Shortly after, she was appointed Maori Health Manager for MidCentral Health, and in 2006 moved to her current role.
This year she was also appointed Chair of Manawhenua Hauora, a consortium of all four Iwi who have manawhenua status in Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Otaki districts. The roopu comprises representatives from Ngati Raukawa, Muaupoko, Rangitane and Ngati Kahungunu. She has been a Rangitane member since 2008. Manawhenua Hauora was established to advance iwi Maori health and work together to achieve the best possible health outcomes for iwi Maori people residing in the MidCentral DHB district.
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