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Leadership Team

Ngāti Porou ki Hauraki, Whakatōhea

Chief Executive

A strong advocate for positive Māori 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.

John Tamahere

Ngāpuhi

Director Social Impact

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Danielle Cuthers

Ngāpuhi

Director Whānau Ora

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Jacqui Harema

Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitane, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tahu

Chief Operating Officer

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Awerangi Tamihere

Ngāpuhi

Director Data & Transformation

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Jamie Hurikino

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tūhoe

Director Wai Research

Hector looks after the Wai Research team and has overall responsibility for managing the research and evaluation programme for Waipareira.

Hector Kawai

Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāruahinerangi

Director Kōrure Whānau

Full role description coming soon

Irirangi Mako

Ngāi Tahu, Kati Waewae, Waitaha, Ngāti Konohi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Rakaipaaka

Director Funding and Contracting

Oversee the contracts that Waipareira enters into with funders and proposals that are submitted for prospective contracts.

Charmaine Newson

Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua

Chief Data & Digital Officer

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.

Brad Norman

Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Ngāi Takoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua

Director, Health Reforms

Full role description coming soon

Lance Norman

Executive Manager

Wai Tech

Oversees and manages Wai Tech and the Whānau Ora Diploma.

Pania Te Aonui

Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa

Te Reo Me Ōna Tikanga

Advisor of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga to Waipareira and Back Office staff.

Maria-Pare Te Whiu

Director Wai Tautoko

Danielle has a long and successful history with Te Whānau o Waipareira and now leads the Wai Tautoko team, the backbone to the company and the CEO office.

Danielle Vaoga

China

Chief Financial Officer

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

Christine Wu

Our Board

Our board members all have strong credentials and come from the community they serve.

Ngāti Whatua, Te Rarawa

Chair

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Ray Hall

Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Raukawa

Board Member

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Evelyn Taumaunu

Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Raukawa

Board Member

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Jared 'Bumpa' Taumaunu

Pororangi, Ngāti Porou

Board Member

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Rocky Tahuri

Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi, Te Whakatohea, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Porou

Treasurer

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Merepaea Dunn

Te Whānau-a-Apanui

Honorary Board Member

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Dame June Mariu

Ngāti Whātua

Board Member

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Te Kurataiaho Kapea

Te whānau a Ruataupare ki Tokomaru

Board Member

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Apirana Pewhairangi
Our Rōpū Kaumātua

Our Rōpū Kaumātua

The rōpu kaumātua play a supportive role to all of the activities of Te Whānau o Waipareira.

It is a traditional role in a modern setting. Our kaumātua have
so much to contribute to the community. With their wealth of experience, their ongoing presence within Te Whānau o Waipareira ensures that even when they retire our community continues to benefit from their wisdom.

We have approximately 100 members within our rōpu kaumātua
and are greatly involved across all community events and initiatives. Membership is open to those over 55.

Executive Officers

Albie Tepania | Chair

Valetta Matenga | Secretary

Jim Te Wiki | Treasurer

Ngati Ruanui, Te Atiawa, Ngati Maru ki Taranaki

Executive Members

Albie Tepania

Valetta Matenga

Waki Moses

For the past 30 years, Waipareira have provided free services and support for whānau of all ages in West Auckland – health, legal, housing and education.

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