It symbolises the convergence of many rivers and the idea that we can accomplish more for the well-being of whānau in Te Waipounamu by uniting our efforts.

The nine iwi are represented as equal shareholders in Te Taumata who provide high level strategic and cultural oversight to Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. The General Partnership Limited Board provides operational governance.

The kaimahi who work for the organisation are split across teams who support whānau at different stages of their Whānau Ora journeys. Click here to view our organisational structure.

Whānau Ora History

Te Hītori o Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora approach puts whānau at the centre of change

Whānau Ora is a Māori approach to delivering social and health services to whānau, created to address systemic inequities that have resulted in poorer outcomes for Māori. The Whānau Ora approach puts whānau at the centre of change and supports them to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

Read more of about our whānau ora

Whānau Ora in Te Waipounamu

Te Pūtahitanga

Our people

Te Taumata

Formed in partnership by the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua

Amoroa (Molly) Luke


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia Trust

Gena Moses-Te Kani


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Charitable Trust

Hinemoa Connor


Te Rūnanga o Rangitane o Wairau

Janis de Thierry


Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust

Nikki Jones


Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust

Rita Powick


Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Jo McLean


Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc

Taku Parai


Ngāti Koata Trust

Toa Waka


Our people

General Partner Limited Board

Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Apa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Toa, Ngāi Tahu

Rebecca Mason

Rebecca has extensive executive management and governance experience across iwi, government, business, and the health sector. She is a chartered accountant and operates a successful Nelson-based business Meihana Consulting. She is currently the Chair of the Economic Pou for the Te Tauihu Regional Intersector Forum, which is a key partnership mechanism between iwi and the local/central government in Nelson-Marlborough.

Hotu Mamoe, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa

Sally Pitama

Sally Pitama works as a Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu Refugee and Migrant Sector Advocate. In her role as multi-cultural advisor, Sally has played an integral part in the establishment of the Migrant Inter-Agency group, set up in 2011. She has also worked in advisory roles offering insights to a wide range of groups such as Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration and in social impact projects such as Kai Baskets. “The experiences we as Ngāi Tahu, as Waitaha, as Aotearoa have been through this year has been both harrowing and unifying” said Taua Sally. “The common call for kotahitanga has extended across ethnic, cultural, religious and national divides, and instead brought us all much closer together. In the sphere of Whānau Ora, the expression of manaakitanga is a vital platform for change. I am so proud to be part of this movement forward”.

Ngāi Tahu, Ngati Kurī

Tā Mark Solomon


Tā Mark Solomon was born and raised in Christchurch where he lives there with his wife Maria, their children and extended whānau. Tā Mark served as kaiwhakahaere (chairperson) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the tribal council of Ngāi Tahu, for approximately 18 years, from 1998 until December 2016. In 2013, he was recognised as Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and Business. He was previously deputy Chair of Canterbury District Health Board, and is also founding Chairman of the Māori Carbon Collective. He is also the South Island representative on the interim, Te Roopu, The Māori advisory group to the Government’s joint venture on family violence and sexual violence. Tā Mark has been a strong advocate in Te Waipounamu for Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau, a whānau-driven movement that has a focus to explore ways of enabling a stronger Māori response to reduce and eliminate family harm/violence. More recently he was appointed to the steering group who provided advice for the establishment of the Māori Health Authority.

Ngāi Tahu

Simon Heath

Simon Heath has been a leader in education for 35 years in Te Tau Ihu as a teacher and principal. He holds Ministerial appointments, including on the Education Council Aotearoa New Zealand, and was the establishment chair of the philanthropic trust, Mistletoe Charitable Foundation.

Ngāi Tahu

Reneta Davis

Renata Davis (Ngāi Tahu) is a senior solicitor at Bell Gully, having previously held roles as a Policy Advisor at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and a solicitor at AWS Legal. He is also a longstanding committee member on the Rakiura Tītī Islands Administering Body, and is an active tītī gatherer on his whānau manu at Putauhinu Island. Renata has a strong interest in the protection of iwi rights and interest and Māori development, and hopes to contribute to creating better outcomes for whānau as a director for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

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