Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu prepares for 2016

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu marked its last Board meeting for 2015 by welcoming three new members to the General Partner Limited Board. As a result of the recent election, Lisa Tumahai, Donovan Clarke and Trevor Taylor now join Parekawhia McLean and Norm Dewes on the Governance Board for the South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency.

“We have had a busy first year as we have established ourselves as a new entity; recruited staff; consulted widely across Te Waipounamu, and created our own unique platform for recognising the efforts of whānau to be self-managing,” said Norm Dewes, Chair of the General Partner Limited Board). “During the course of the year, founding Board members (Rahui Katene, Maria Pera and Karunanidhi Muthu) moved on to other opportunities, and we would like to pay tribute to their hard work during the establishment phase.”

Mr Dewes said the focus of the refreshed board was whānau opportunity in 2016 and beyond”.

“We are now investing in 23 significant opportunities for whānau transformation, ranging from a whole-of-pa approach at Omaka Marae in Blenheim, to a whole-of-neighbourhood hub (Corstophine Hub in Dunedin) to working with whānau in long-term health conditions (Hokitika) to building the capability of whānau to support their children in te reo me ona tikanga (Poipoia, Te Kura Kaupapa o Whanau Tahi in Christchurch).

“On 11th January our new round for commissioning closes, so we are preparing ourselves to be amazed by the new ideas that whānau come up, with to make the difference they need in their lives. As we consolidate our progress of our first year, we welcome the expertise and experience that our new Board members bring to Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu”.

Our New Directors

Lisa Tumahai brings the strength of over 18 years governance experience with not-for-profit organisations and ten years experience as a company director to the role. Lisa is currently the Deputy Kaiwhakahaere (chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; the first woman to hold such a senior role with Ngāi Tahu. In taking up the Board role, Lisa vacates her position as the inaugural Chair of Te Taumata; the iwi shareholder partner of Te Pūtahitanga. Lisa hails from Ngati Waewae.


Donovan Clarke of Waikato, Ngati Te Ata and Ngati Hine brings a wealth of governance and executive leadership experience to Te Putahitanga. Born and raised in Murihiku, Donovan has significant change leadership experience and looks forward to supporting whanau to determine their own whanau aspirations whatever they may be. Donovan is married to Tireina (Ngati Kuia, Ngai Tahu) and they have “three tamariki and one beautiful mokopuna”.

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Trevor Taylor was Chief Executive of Outward Bound since 2001. Trevor brings a wide cross-section of experience at both Governance and Senior Executive levels in corporate, State owned enterprises, not-for-profit, small and medium sized enterprises, sport, trust and local government sectors. He is the independent Chair of Worldskills New Zealand.

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Former board member, Gena Moses-Te Kani, returns to her role as a member of Te Taumata, the iwi shareholding partner.

Mauri Ora!

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