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

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

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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