We are very fortunate to have a highly skilled Board of Trustees who work closely with Management and Staff to ensure the Trust maintains a healthy and strong direction in the development of the organisation, including the aspirations of whānau and our communities we serve and support. Trustees bring a valuable mix of governance skills, business expertise, cultural competency, and community knowledge to oversee and ensure the facilitation, growth and development of the organisation overall.
We also acknowledge all past Trustees, all of whom are rangatira in their community, and who have devoted their aroha and passion to the purpose of the Trust over time- nga mihi aroha kia koutou katoa.
Tama Kirikiri - Chairman
Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu
Tama Kirikiri is Chair of our Board, Kaihautū Mātauranga Māori; the Sector Leader Māori Medium at Tātai Angitu. Tama is a trained teacher with fluency in te reo and tikanga Māori. He previously worked at Whitireia Polytechnic as part of the strategic planning and implementation team, with a particular focus on raising Māori student success.
We value Tama's leadership, experience and community connections he brings to our kaupapa.
Emerson Nikora - Trustee
Ngati Maniapoto me Te Atiawa ōku Iwi
Ngati Rora tōku Hapu
Emma Metekingi tōku Tipuna Kuia,
Tipu ake au ki te takiwa o Manawatu, Feilding.
He Tane tawhito o Te Aute Kareti.
He Kaiako Māori au i te Kura o Scots College
Tama raua ko Rāwiri Nikora ōku tai-tama
Ko Victoria Metcalf tōku Tau aroha
Ko Emerson Rora Nikora ahau
Emerson is HOD Māori of Scots College and brings a lifetime of experience of kaupapa Māori matauranga, as well as being an old boy of Te Aute College, and a high level rugby player nationally and internationally.
Cody Hartley-Warbrick - Trustee
Te Arawa, Ngāti Rangatihi, Ngāti Raukawa
Cody has previously worked for HVDHB Māori Health and is currently working with the Min of Justice.
Cody's passion for the wellbeing of our communities motivates him to strengthen services as a whole to deliver more effective outcomes for kaimahi and whai ora whānau.
Cody shares his passion and empathy openly with the Trust and supports the Trust and kaimahi to lead and create effective changes. Codey is also a local and well established in the community of Te Awakairangi, and brings a wealth of sector knowledge to our kaupapa.
Harley Rogers - Trustee
Ngati Raukawa ki Waikato, Ngati Tuara ki Te Arawa
Harley is a qualified builder and senior health professional who has worked in community, primary and secondary health predominantly. Harley recently worked for HVDHB and currently works for Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) in a role leading the Nōku te Ao, Like Minds programme. A programme to uphold the mana and human rights of people with experience of mental distress.
Harley brings service management funding and commissioning expertise, human and indigenous rights experience, and health sector knowledge to our Board table in support of our Trust aspirations and kaupapa.
Harley is well known amongst the community of Te Awakairangi and the national mental health sector. We value his wisdom and knowledge shared within our governance Board korerorero.