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The Norman’s conquest

Lance and Brad Norman are the first of our Waipareira whānau to be profiled. It’s not because of the positions they hold in the organisation, but because they were the easiest targets. Lance is Director of Funding & Contracting for Outcomes, while the younger Norman Brad is Director of Business Solutions. While Lance has been mistaken as Brad’s father, one question asked of the brothers is, ‘Are you Jerry Norman’s boy?’


If you ask Lance what he does, it will take five minutes to explain where he fits within the many organisations and Boards he is part of. The same goes when you ask Brad his whakapapa (5 iwi affiliations). The lists are endless. But also endless is the mahi these two talented brother’s churn through on behalf of Whanau Waipareira.


Read more about these two here.

A mother’s love and battle with cancer!

Stephanie and David

Stephanie and David

David Harawira is battling cancer. Sitting in the Mana Office with his mum Stephanie, you can feel immediately the warm whanau vibe humming throughout the underground complex in Henderson, west Auckland.


Accompanying Stephanie and David is Jen, who I assumed was waiting to Hui with Stephanie but I’ll later learn is there to lend moral support. In the room next door is Stephanie’s tamariki and husband Tai – brother of Mana Party Leader Hone Harawira.


David’s battle is still very raw for Stephanie - as if her little boy was diagnosed just yesterday. Tears rolling down her face, you can sense a very real feeling of pouri… fear… but also a mother’s love for her boy. Stephanie and David talk to Kelly Pohatu about the journey.


Read more about this story here.

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