Board of Directors
The role of the Board is to facilitate the social, physical, cultural and spiritual development of people in the Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka o Maui Rohe. The business and affairs of Te Piki Oranga (TPO) shall be managed by, or under the direction or supervision of the Board and the Board may only act to advance the charitable purposes of TPO.
The Board is currently made up of three Independent Directors - Kereopa Ratapu, Cathleen Walker and Rangitane representative Lauree Ashworth.
The shareholders are Whākatu Marae – Jane du Feu, Te Korowai Trust – Myra Dick, Te Āwhina Marae – Keith Palmer, and Ngāti Apa ki Te Ra Tō – Aroha Bond.
Jane du Feu - Board Chair
Jane is the Chairperson of Te Piki Oranga. She has worked for many years in the community for the benefit of whānau in the health and social sectors as well as working full time in education. She is passionate about the development and implementation of best practice for kaupapa Māori services to improve the health and wellbeing of whānau.
She is currently Te Atiawa rep on Whakatu Marae Committee and the Chair, Trustee on the Bishop Suter Trust Board, Care and Protection Panel at Child Youth &Family and Chair of Gateway Housing Trust. She was a trustee on Te Atiawa Manawhenua ki te Tauihu Trust for 19 years and Chair for nine years and has held a number of director roles in that time. She has experience in both governance and management and is also the current National Vice President of Māori Women’s Welfare League.
Her iwi affiliations are Taranaki Tuturu, Ngāti Tama and Te Atiawa.
Lauree was introduced to the board of Te Piki Oranga as the representative for Rangitāne o Wairau in August 2015. She has qualifications and background in social work. For almost 12 years she worked for Child, Youth & Family in the areas of social work, supervision and family group conference facilitation. She also has experience in other associated areas including telephone counseling, victim crisis intervention and residential social work. More recently her mahi has included social work in māori health and social service agencies, the Convener of the Health and Wellbeing Portfolio for Rangitane o Wairau and an appointment to the Iwi Health Board. She is currently employed as a social worker for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.
Her iwi affiliations are Rangitane, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Kuia and Te Atiawa.
Aroha is commencing her second term with the Te Piki Oranga board as the representative for Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō. Currently employed with Healthcare New Zealand Limited, based in Blenheim, Aroha has held previous professional roles in the health and social service sector.
Her work with iwi, hapu and on the marae has given her a first-hand understanding of the needs and expectations of iwi and the community. The social, economic and cultural development of whānau, hapu and iwi has been her focus, both professionally and personally. Aroha believes building a strong community and nation must be based on the treaty principles of protection, partnership and participation. Aroha is committed to ethical transparency in governance.
Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Apā ki te Rā Tō, Rangitane and Ngāti Kuia.
Myra represents Whakatu Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust on Te Piki Oranga board. She is an experienced governor and health and social service worker with a passion for wellness of all people in the community.
She is a member of the Child Protection Panel at Child Youth & Family Service, a member of Te Tumu Wakaora (PHO), a trustee on Whakatū Te Korowai Manaakitanga Trust, Executive of He Matapuna Ora Trust, a member of the initiation team for Whanau Ora and Waka for Te Waipounamu,a member of Te Mana o Te Whanāu (research project for whanāu) in Te Waipounamu and governs Waka Ora. Her governance background also includes a history of various past roles with the National Maori Women Welfare League.
She managed Health and Social Services for 19 years and instrumental in developing a team of workers who are now highly skilled and qualified professionals. She holds qualifications in Business Management (Maori Health), Early Childhood Education, community work and care giving and as a budget advisor.
She has a commitment to incorporating Maori Tikanga with best practice and business models of community services, having qualifications in Poupou Matauranga Tikanga and Tikanga within Supervision.
Myra is Kai Tahu.
With a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting; Economics; Commercial Law; Psychology; and Mathematics Keith has worked in financial, marketing and management roles across forestry, apparel, paper, finance and banking industries. In 1998 he was appointed as Wakatu Incorporations first CEO, where he stayed until retiring in 2013.
He is also a trustee of the Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital, Te Āwhina Marae, and Nelson Marlborough Hospice.
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Kua noho au i runga te poari matua o Te Piki Oranga mo nga tau e toru. Mai te himatatanga tae noa ki tenei wa tonu. Mena i nga wa i mua, ka noho au ki runga te poari o NBPH i roto tenei rohe o Whakatu me tetahi atu poari o Aotearoa, ara, ko Te Toi Pukenga (Te Mana Whakahaere o Careerforce Ltd). Me etahi atu komiti Maaori i runanga mai, i whanau mai hoki. Nga mihi ki Te Amo Hauora ki Motuweka na ratou katoa mohoku tenei tuunga e noho nei au i runga tenei Te Piki Oranga. Kua whiwhi au aku pukenga no oku tipuna, me nga tuunga noho au ki enei poari. I kuraina au i Te Whare Wananga o Manawatu, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato me Te Whare Wananga o Raukawa hoki me etahi atu momo matauranga a te pakeha. Ko ahau te Pouherenga mo Te Whare Waiora-NMDHB inaianei tonu.
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou tena tatou katoa
Cathleen is on the Te Piki Oranga board bringing governance experience gained when she was a board member on Te Kahui Hauora o Ngati Koata Trust and a board member for the Nelson/Marlborough Area Board, Royal NZ Plunket Society. Prior to her nursing career, her first experience of governance was when she was a Board Secretary on Ngāti Koata Trust board and PA to the CEO at the time. As well as being a registered nurse she has a Post-graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Specialty Nursing.
She is currently studying towards a Master of Health Practice in Nursing with Auckland University of Technology, with a focus on Leadership and Management and Maori Health. Cathleen is currently employed with the Royal NZ Plunket Society as a Plunket Nurse. Her passion is in improving health outcomes for our Maori whanau from both a strategic level and clinical level.
Her iwi affiliations are Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Tama, Te Atiawa, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Tuwharetoa.