Ivy is passionate about whānau wellbeing and firmly believes in the transformational power of Whānau Ora. She is an established and well-respected leader at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, with a deep understanding of the agency. Prior to her appointment as Pouārahi in August 2022, Ivy worked across a wide range of workstreams, facilitating effective relationships and processes, both internally and externally.
Ivy is a strong and effective communicator, whose focus is collaborative problem-solving in order to achieve collective goals and outcomes. She has extensive strategic and operational leadership experience in government, ministerial, and non-government agencies. She has expertise in policy matters and issues, with a particular focus on Māori development and has contributed to national policy changes for significant pieces of legislation including the Parental Leave Act, Oranga Tamariki Act, Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori Language Act 2016 and the Resource Management Act 1991.
Working for Whānau Ora couldn’t be more rewarding. I appreciate all the opportunities Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu provides me.
I love working here because I know whānau is important to everyone who works here
It is a privilege to learn more about the culture and language. And contribute in some small way to this organisation’s success
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.