Our Leadership Team

John Tamihere

Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki, Whakatōhea | Chief Executive


A strong advocate for positive Maori development within communities, John as CEO continues to pave the way for leading edge models and best practice for Whānau transformation.

In 1994 John became Chief Executive of Waipareira. He has also served as Chairman of the NZ Māori Rugby League Board and was responsible for the successful campaign of having a NZ Māori/Indigenous Rugby League team play in the Rugby League World Cup.

John entered Parliament in 1999 and served as a Cabinet Minister in the Labour Government from 2002 to 2004. In 2006 he returned to his position as Chief Executive of the Waipareira Trust.

Huia Busby

Te Rarawa | General Manager, Korure Whānau


Huia oversees our integrated services across health, social services, education & justice for Tamariki, Rangatahi and Whānau.

Sally Cocker

Ngati Pakeha/Tongan | General Manager, Korure Whānau


Sally oversees our integrated services across health, social services, education & justice for Mātua.

Ngaire Harris

Ngāti Kuri, Ngai Takato, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua (Uri o Hau) | Director Funding & Contracting


Ngaire manages the funding and contracting team. Responsible for generating revenue, contract negotiation, Contract reporting and Relationships with Key Funders.

Brad Norman

Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua | Director Data & Performance


Brad oversees all our data and reportage requirements across all services and ensures that our Whānau Tahi system is configured to meet need kaimahi needs and reflect whānau outcomes.

Awerangi Tamihere

Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitane, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tahu | Director Social Impact & Innovation


Awerangi oversees our Insight to Innovation to Impact platform. This includes Wai-Research, Strategy & Innovation, Change & Transformation, Brand & Design and Social Media.

Neta Tomokino

Samoa | Director Corporate Support | EA to CEO


Neta oversees a large administration team that supports the Board, executive and frontline service provision, while also managing all activities for the CEO.

Christine Wu

China | Chief Financial Officer


Christine has oversight of all financial transactions and ensures we have robust financial systems in place.

Michael Zheng

China | Director Information Communications Technology


Michael handles and oversees all information and communication needs for all our services and kaimahi.