Governance Team affirms Toi Tangata Strategy

Following a change of guard in 2015 the governance team of Te Hotu Manawa Māori Trust (THMM) and Toi Tangata has affirmed the organisation’s strategic direction in order to sustain ongoing impact.

“It’s a unique situation with so many board members joining the mix all at once, however, we believe our refreshed strategic overview focuses the team and affirms what the Trust and Toi Tangata are about” says Shane Ngatai (Ngāi Te Rangi), board chairperson, social entrepreneur, and Rhode Street School Principal.

“I’m fortunate in that I have had a long term relationship with the activity of THMM and now Toi Tangata, I’ve spoken at previous Hui-ā-Tau on our school’s efforts with encouraging physical health and wellbeing initiatives that engage our tamariki in finding new solutions” adds Shane.

Chairperson Shane is not the only board member with a history and understanding of Kaupapa Oranga Māori. Public health advocate Lisa McNab (Ngāti Kahu) brings a wealth of experience to the governance team having held positions in local and regional health provider roles as well as being community driven. Bradley Walker (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui)  is another member of the board who has connected with THMM and Toi Tangata through the television productions that his company Adrenalin Ltd have produced for Māori Television and TVNZ.  Brad brings a fresh look at business marketing and communications for the organisation. Robyn Corrigan (Ngāti Kahu) balances the health and social service connectedness bringing a depth of governance process knowledge and leadership from her experiences within the social services sector which adds value to the board table discussions as we navigate through political factors influencing the organisation. Finally, Dene Ainsworth (Te Ati Awa) has continued another term with the board and chairs the Finance and Audit Committee ensuring organisational self-sufficiency with his background in finance and banking.

“We are really lucky to have a board with diverse backgrounds and who are each leaders in their field. With the strategic direction affirmed I am now tasked to call that vision and mission into being which will be a challenge in this fast changing world but one that we are all up for” says CEO Leonie Matoe.

The THMM and Toi Tangata board are hosting a Matariki Event with guest speakers and key highlights from the Toi Tangata year to build momentum toward accelerating health outcomes. Dr Ihirangi Heke and Dr Lisa Te Morenga will be sharing research, views and insights to inform a Māori response to childhood obesity and support collaboration amongst government agencies and organisations representing whānau.

Nā Leonie Matoe