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.

Kaimahi of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu are organised into six teams that support whānau at different stages of their Whānau Ora journeys. These teams are called Kā Ora, Hao Ora, Wai Ora, Hā Ora, Toi Ora, Mauri Ora and  – and together they provide wrap around support to whānau in Te Waipounamu. Click here to see our organisational structure or scroll down to learn more about each team. If you hover the mouse over our kaimahi you might get a better understanding of what it means to them to work here.

Our People

Te Kapa

Gina-Lee Duncan Gina-Lee Duncan
TOI ORA
Gina-Lee Duncan
Whānau Ora Champion - Koānga Kai

It is about investing directly into whānau and getting them to believe that they can do anything they desire.

Kahutane Whaanga Kahutane Whaanga
TOI ORA
Kahutane Whaanga
Pouwhakataki

Aki aki te tī – to encourage the light of the services I am involved with, particularly in the realm of whānau. Ensuring whānau voice is at the centre of decision making

Harley Kaihe-Katterns Harley Kaihe-Katterns
MAURI ORA
Harley Kaihe-Katterns
Relationship and Engagement Manager

There is nothing quite like working for a kaupapa Māori organisation. Something about it makes you feel more tau (relaxed) and supported. You feel like people understand you more.

Eileen Wolland Eileen Wolland
MAURI ORA
Eileen Wolland
Workforce Development Lead

I work here because it puts me in the position to support whānau directly

Carlos Thompson Carlos Thompson
MAURI ORA
Carlos Thompson
Pouwhirinaki | Waitaha

I am here because I want to help people

Tash Scott Tash Scott
MAURI ORA
Tash Scott
Navigation Administrator

I believe this job chose me, it was not something I would have ever thought of doing, but I love it here

Vanessa Whangapirita
MAURI ORA
Vanessa Whangapirita
Pouwhirinaki | Tū Pono - Te Tai Tonga
Vanessa Hutchins Vanessa Hutchins
KĀ ORA
Vanessa Hutchins
Pou Kōkiri – Deputy Chief Executive Operations

I am passionate about seeing better outcomes for whānau

Anastasia Zaharioudaki Anastasia Zaharioudaki
KĀ ORA
Anastasia Zaharioudaki
Kaiarahi

I love working here because I know whānau is important to everyone who works here

Jason Lee Jason Lee
KĀ ORA
Jason Lee
Financial Controller

It is a privilege to learn more about the culture and language. And contribute in some small way to this organisation’s success

Vailuutai Pau Vailuutai Pau
KĀ ORA
Vailuutai Pau
Administrator

I am on the phone with whānau, just assessing their needs. I feel really taken care of here and safe. Whānau Ora is about feeling united

Fiona Hayworth Fiona Hayworth
KĀ ORA
Fiona Hayworth

This is a Māori organisation puts whānau at the centre of everything they do. You know I can bring my tamariki in, and they instantly have all these new aunties.

Liz Harber Liz Harber
KĀ ORA
Liz Harber
Human Resources Advisor

I was attracted to work at Te Pūtahitanga because of the organisation’s work in the community. Looking after people really appeals to me.

Julia Maxwell Julia Maxwell
KĀ ORA
Julia Maxwell
Human Resources Digital Support

It’s about helping whānau reach their aspirations through self-determination.

Pisivalu Pou-Tulisi Pisivalu Pou-Tulisi
KĀ ORA
Pisivalu Pou-Tulisi
Administrator

Being part of the Whānau Ora dream and supporting whānau to thrive is something that I really enjoy doing every day.

Jasmine Taipana Jasmine Taipana
KĀ ORA
Jasmine Taipana
Financial Assistant
Martin Conway Martin Conway
KĀ ORA
Martin Conway
Covid Capability Advisor

I am so grateful to be aboard this waka, and I am constantly in awe of the mahi that is done, the passion that goes into that mahi as well as the outcomes that we support

Hikairo Te Hae
KĀ ORA
Hikairo Te Hae
Pou Whakaaweawe
Tina Woodgate
KĀ ORA
Tina Woodgate
EA | Secretariat GPL
Ivy Harper Ivy Harper
HAO ORA
Ivy Harper
Pou Tikanga – Deputy Chief Executive Policy

My son asked me why I work here. He said I could work anywhere. I said yes, but you need a job that feeds the soul. Yes, you can work anywhere or do something that nourishes you.

Ethan Staps Ethan Staps
HAO ORA
Ethan Staps
Data Analyst

The work we are doing is helping whānau, and it is amazing to see the impact we make and also whānau make for others.

Sue Quinn Sue Quinn
HAO ORA
Sue Quinn
Outcomes Specialist

I have always loved working in the not-for-profit space where you can get out of bed every morning and know that you are helping make the world a better place.

Sam Selwyn Sam Selwyn
HAO ORA
Sam Selwyn
Data Analyst

One of the things that excites me is being whānau centric and allowing whānau to build their solutions

Dr Saba Azeem Dr Saba Azeem
HAO ORA
Dr Saba Azeem
Data Analyst

I am really privileged to be in this position where we can help whānau achieve their aspirations

Leanne Pardoe Leanne Pardoe
HAO ORA
Leanne Pardoe
Data Analyst, Navigation

We get to help whānau with their aspirations and dreams in a super supportive and inviting environment

Tanita Bidois Tanita Bidois
HAO ORA
Tanita Bidois
Policy Advisor

Working for Whānau Ora has changed how I am as a māmā, as a tauira, and how I advocate for Māori

Terina Harper Terina Harper
HAO ORA
Terina Harper
Contracts Administrator

I love how we can give back to whānau and make a difference in the community

Sharon Karipa
HAO ORA
Sharon Karipa
Contracts Coordinator
Huata Arahanga Huata Arahanga
WAI ORA
Huata Arahanga
Commissioning Manager

I get to see anyone and everyone realise their dreams and get the opportunity to chase them. Seeing whānau discover their strengths and abilities is really rewarding.

Nathan Tau Nathan Tau
WAI ORA
Nathan Tau
Contracts Advisor

Whānau Ora, for me is about ensuring that whānau are at the centre of everything we do

Te Ra Morris Te Ra Morris
WAI ORA
Te Ra Morris
Whānau Ora Champion

It’s about connecting the resources to our people so we can support our whānau

Mihi Rose Tipene Mihi Rose Tipene
WAI ORA
Mihi Rose Tipene
Contracts Advisor

I love that the Whānau Ora approach works with real down to earth in the community whānau.

Joanne Pera
WAI ORA
Joanne Pera
Contracts Advisor
Tauatii Vili Tauatii Vili
HĀ ORA
Tauatii Vili
OPERATIONS LEAD

I’ve worked at a lot of corporate organisations and many big companies, and now I want to give back. For me, it is about working for an organisation that is helping whānau directly.

Toihi Mahuika-Wright Toihi Mahuika-Wright
HĀ ORA
Toihi Mahuika-Wright
KAIKOKIRI, HAUORA

I love how all our kaupapa are whānau driven. It is informed by whānau for whānau – they know what the need is within their own rohe.

Katarina McLean-Nutira Katarina McLean-Nutira
HĀ ORA
Katarina McLean-Nutira
Kaikōkiri Hauora

I absolutely love coming to mahi every day and being part of the Whānau Ora dream striving for the success and betterment of our whānau.

Jahkaya Tukaki Jahkaya Tukaki
HĀ ORA
Jahkaya Tukaki
CONTRACT ADVISOR, RUIA

Ruia is a fund that lets rangatahi aspire and be what they want to be. I have the privilege of running the fund and helping them determine what they want to be.

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 about Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora in Te Waipounamu

Te Pūtahitanga

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