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Hon Dame Tariana Turia was a New Zealand member of Parliament from 1996 until 2014.  She was Minister for Whānau Ora; disability Issues and the Community and Voluntary Sector. She has also been Associate Minister in Health, Maori Affairs, Social Development, Child, Youth and Family; Housing, Corrections, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.


Dame Tariana has been a champion of rangatiratanga for Māori as well as advocating strongly for disabled persons and Pasifika communities. Before entering politics, Dame Tariana was the chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority (the longest and largest Māori Health Service provider in the Central Region).


Dame Tariana was co-leader of the Māori Party since its inception in 2004 until November 2014.  The Māori Party entered into a Relationship Accord with national in 2008. From that Accord evolved significant gains, including a Ministerial committee on Poverty to which she became Deputy Chair.  Subsequently, Dame Tariana invested more than $65m into addressing and preventing rheumatic fever as a national, cross-government priority; extended home insulation for low income families and supported free doctors’ visits and medicine for children up to age 13.


Two of her greatest achievements are in Whānau Ora and tobacco reform. Whānau Ora represents a transformation in the way services are designed and delivered, contracts arranged, and providers work together.  It is a bold and innovative approach which places the aspirations and outcomes for whānau at the centre.


Dame Tariana executed reforms to reduce tobacco consumption in all types of tobacco products and across all population groups.  The strategy has been a comprehensive campaign in all spheres of influence – health education, legislation, removal of tobacco displays, plain packaging, smoking cessation and successive tobacco taxation. In 2015 the American Cancer Society awarded Dame Tariana the Luther L. Terry Award for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.


In 2010, Dame Tariana became the first recipient of a new award to be given every year to a key figure in Māori public health by the New Zealand Public Health Association.  The award was developed to acknowledge success and achievement in Māori public health and was name ‘Tu Rangatira mō te Ora’ to recognize leadership in Maori health.


Dame Tariana is the Patron of the Whanganui YWCA; Patron of New Zealand’s Weightloss Surgery Trust and a Mentor for ABI Rehabilitation New Zealand.  She is also the Chair of the Parihaka Settlement Trust, a Pou for the North Island Whānau Ora Commission Agency, Te Pou Matakana, a member of the independent Assessment Panel for the South Island Whānau Ora Commission Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and a Life-member of CCS Disability Action.


Te Kani Kingi (Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tai) is a professor at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne. His specialist interests are mental health research, psychometrics and Māori health. He has been an executive member of many national health associations, and he was Chair of the New Zealand Mental Health Commission’s Advisor Board. He is currently a member of Statistics New Zealand’s Māori Advisory Board, the Health Research Council, AKO Aotearoa Assessment Committee, the New Zealand Pharmacy Council, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s International Research Advisory Panel and Chair of Te Rau Puawai mental health scholarship scheme.


Turaukawa is first and foremost a proud father of a child with autism and stands proudly on the spectrum himself – diagnosed asperges. 


He is also a proud high school drop out with a history of addiction. Three years ago, Turaukawa decided to make a change, and began a career in mental health and addiction through the Careerforce-te toi pūkenga apprenticeship programme.


Since then, Turaukawa’s passion for supporting tāngata whai ora and whānau well being in the mental health and addiction sector has been recognised with multiple awards including: 2016 ITF Future Māori Business Leader Award, 2017 Careerforce Top Maaori trainee award, 2017  Te Rau Matatini – Bob Henare Award for excellence towards Māori youth mental health and addiction, and most recently receiving the 2018 DAPAANZ Best New Comer to the Sector Award.


Turaukawa currently leads Māori Workforce Development for Careerforce-te toi pūkenga as well as operating his own consultancy business alongside his wife Aimee, and delivers the school-based early intervention MH&A programme MANAVATION in the Hauraki region.


Turaukawa’s key message is “Education is the pathway to whaanau hauora”

Hamiora Bowkett_0

Currently working in the Ministry of Health, Hamiora Bowkett has been seconded into the role of Director Strategy and Performance in the office of the Acting Director-General. He was previously the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer from March 2016 to February 2018. Hamiora has extensive experience in both the public and private sector in New Zealand and has held positions at a range of government departments including the New Zealand Treasury; the Ministry of Education; Te Puni Kôkiri and the Ministry of Social Development. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health he was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked across a wide range of areas in the public sector including the Treaty of Waitangi/Māori Development, Social Development, Education, Justice and Health.

Dr Cath Savage

Catherine is passionate about equity, communities leading change for themselves, and learning as a lifelong journey.  She is the managing director of Ihi Research with her partner John.  Catherine has an employment history that is connected by the common thread of learning.  Beginning her career as a teacher and educational psychologist, she worked with children and whānau in schools on the East Coast of the North Island. She spent ten years as a senior lecturer at Victoria University where she was the associate director of the graduate teaching programme. She completed her Education Doctorate at Massey University in 2006, which investigated the School Network Reviews of 2004.   While at Victoria, worked on several major Ministry of Education research and development projects including the national evaluation of Te Kotahitanga (2010). 


From 2010 to 2014 Catherine was the Chief Executive of Te Tapuae o Rehua, a subsidiary of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, where she led research and educational development initiatives on behalf of the iwi.  Her work brought about a new era of partnership and collaboration between the Iwi and tertiary partners and saw the initiation of key partnership projects such as Mau ki te Ako, He Toki ki te Rika and Whenua Kura.  


Since 2014, Catherine has successfully led research for clients such as Site Safe, Work Safe, Ako Aotearoa, All Right?, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Rātā Foundation.  She has produced a series of research and evaluations projects investigating social impact from innovative approaches to achieving social change.   Her research interests lie in qualitative methodologies and working with Māori whānau to improve educational and social outcomes.  She has published and presented nationally and internationally on culturally responsive practices and the development of Iwi led initiatives.


In her spare time, Catherine enjoys Crossfit with the tribe at Waimakariri Crossfit.  She loves  New Zealand art, shopping and great coffee.