Sir Mark Solomon appointed Chair of Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu  

Te Taumata – the iwi stakeholders for Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu – has today announced the appointment of a new Chairperson for its Board, Tā Mark Solomon.


“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Tā Mark as Chair”, said Dr Taku Parai, co-chair for Te Taumata.   “Tā Mark was there at the start of establishing the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.  His leadership, his generosity of vision, and his foresight in recognising the collective strength of the nine iwi model has been instrumental in creating our framework for the Whānau Ora approach in Te Waipounamu.  This same model was  highlighted in the review of Whānau Ora.


“We are indebted to the consistent belief and steadfast support of our outgoing Chair, Trevor Taylor”, said Whaea Molly Luke, co-chair of Te Taumata.   “Trevor has presided over General Partner Limited (GPL) since 1 July 2017, bringing to bear his considerable governance experience alongside a relentless enthusiasm for the outcomes that whānau have been experiencing in Te Waipounamu with the support and investment from Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu.   We are pleased that Trevor has agreed to dedicate one more year to supporting the ongoing growth of the Whānau Ora approach in the South Island”.


“On the eve of the acclaimed Wellbeing Budget for Aotearoa, I am excited by the opportunity to consolidate the gains achieved to date and work collaboratively across government, philanthropic and private sources” said Tā Mark Solomon.   “I have been greatly impressed by the impact I see every day in the lives of whānau who have been touched by the commissioning model.   In this context, it is frustrating to see the indifference and indeed outright reluctance by some government agencies, to invest in an approach which has been so effective in reaching whānau the system classifies as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘vulnerable’.


“Our Navigators, our Whānau Ora entities, our connectors, our commissioning all provide tangible means of reaching whānau, and working with them to achieve their best life.   I look forward to sharing these stories with Ministers and Ministries, with whānau, hapū and iwi, with Māori organisations and communities”.



Te Taumata represents a legal partnership of Ngā Iwi o Te Waipounamu, the nine iwi of the South Island: Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Rarua; Ngāti Tama; Ngāti Kuia; Ngāti Koata, Rangitane o Wairau, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To; Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa.  In accordance with the legal framework, Te Taumata – representing the nine mana whenua iwi of Te Waipounamu – appoints the Chair to the general partner limited board, the GPL.  


Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to support and enable whānau to create sustained social impact.  We do this by developing and investing in ideas and initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori, underpinned by whānau-centred principles and strategies.