New Directors for Ngati Ruanui Tahua Ltd

Hon Dame Tariana Turia


The retired Te Tai Hauauru MP and former co-leader of the Maori Party brings more than 18 years’ experience in health related governance. Including guiding the creation and overseeing Whanau Ora, and as associate Health minister. Unafraid to stand up for what she believes in, Turia has used her broad experience in the health sector to build strong and comprehensive relationships.

Whanau Ora and the “Enabling Good Lives” approach in the disability sector are hallmarks of her leadership. She believes strategies for change were considered to be most enduring when whanau and people with disabilities had responsibilities for determining their own solutions.

She has also served as the Chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority, manager of Whanganui Regional Development Board Trust and was the manager of Whaioranga Iwi Social Services Unit.

Heather Te Au-Skipworth – Nga Ruanui Uri


Iron Māori founder Heather Te Au-Skipworth has created a movement that is changing lives. She’s encouraging her community to believe in themselves, and empowering her own family and others to live a long, happy life.

The IronMāori Movement started with 300 people in its first year now up to 8,000 people yearly who embrace the IronMāori wero.

She wants to give everyone the opportunity to improve the quality and longevity of their life, particularly New Zealand’s Māori and Pacific Island population.

The awards she has won over the past few years are physical reminders of obligations to carry on helping her people. These include the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, Marae Investigates Māori of the Year for Hauora (Health) in 2011 and in 2014 she claimed the Aotearoa Māori sports award and the Queens Service Medal. She was also elected on to the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. And more recently the 2016 Matariki Award.

William Tipene – Nga Ruanui Uri


As a former senior Whanau Ora navigator and community development and funding advisor for the Department of Internal A airs, Tipene brings 26 years’ experience in Governance; including the development of relationships with key agencies.

His experience at the coal-face of health in South Taranaki provides a unique insight into creating best practice strategies that effectively and efficiently work for our community.

Tipene can draw on his broad spectrum relationships and guide the right agencies to the right services.

Tipene also sits on the board of Sport Taranaki.

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