Māori Health Authority – Interim Board Nominations

Māori Health Authority – Interim Board Nominations

Māori Health Authority – Interim Board Nominations

Tēnā koutou katoa

The government is establishing an independent Māori Health Authority to drive hauora Māori and lead the system to make real change. As part of this reform, candidates are currently being sought for the Interim Māori Health Authority Board.

Ngāti Koata Trust has been asked to put forward nominations from the iwi so we are now seeking applications from any registered whānau members who meet the below criteria and who would like to represent Ngāti Koata on the interim Māori Health Authority Board.

We welcome expressions of interest (EoI) from those who meet the following criteria:

  • A Ngāti Koata whānau member.
  • Proven experience working in the health sector in a senior or Governance role.
  • Hauora Māori expertise (including comprehensive knowledge of Māori health issues and experience working and/or advocating for Māori outcomes).
  • In depth knowledge of the current health system.
  • A clear understanding of the shifts required to address the current health inequities.

The work program will require a significant investment of time through until 1 July 2022. It is envisaged that this could be up to 1 day per week for individual directors and up to 2-3 days a week for the Chair.

If you would like to submit an EoI please submit a full Curriculum Vitae and cover letter as part of the application process for selection by the appointments panel.

Please note that, if successful, your nomination will then be submitted via the government health reform process application procedure, which closes on Friday 18 June 2021.
You can read more about the Interim Māori Health Authority Board here and on their information pack here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 June 2021 and all applications must be emailed to pa@ngatikoata.com to be considered.

Nāku noa, nā

Justin Carter
GM

Trust Chair Update – Kohitatea 2021

Trust Chair Update – Kohitatea 2021

Trust Chair Update – Kohitatea 2021

Ngā mihi o te tau hou Pākeha e te whānau.

I hope you have all managed to spend some quality time with your whānau and friends ready for 2021.  Our whānau spent most of our time at our bach with no internet and most days on the beach swimming re-connecting as a whānau, it was just what was needed after a very busy, unsettling year.  So whānau, as I have had time to reflect and recharge the batteries, I am ready to serve you again for my final year on the board and as the Chair of Ngāti Koata.

On that note I will leave you with some wise words from Iwi Chair leader Rūnanga o Ngāti Whatua Kahurangi Naida Glavish who reminds us all as leaders why we do what we do and who we do it for!

“Leadership is about having to make the hard decisions and having the foresight to see beyond this generation, it is our duty to care for and protect our whakapapa – our moko’s, moko”

Lastly, nau mai haere mai ki te whānau o Ngāti Koata Shep, our newly appointed Cultural Manager and to Lovey Elkington who has joined the Office Administration team.  I look forward to reminiscing about our childhood memories.  Stay tuned whānau, the board has their first hui for the year coming up so a board update will follow, keeping you abreast on some of the mahi we will be progressing in 2021.

Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Ngāti Koata,

Joanie Wilson

Ngāti Koata Trust Chair

New Kaitohutohu Māori – Craig Shepard

New Kaitohutohu Māori – Craig Shepard

New Kaitohutohu Māori – Craig Shepard

In the coming weeks we welcome aboard to the team our new Kaitohutohu Māori Craig Shepard. We’ve asked Craig – who’s really known as “Shep” to give us a few insights into who he is and what his thoughts are about the horizon ahead.

E mihi atu nei ki a tātou katou. Ānei ngā mihi o ngā waka o ōku whakapapa ko Tainui, Kurahaupō, Māmaru, he whakapapa hoki ōku nō Tīwana, Ingarani.

Nōku te waimārie ki te tipu ake i runga i te whenua o Te Tauihu, i kuraina au i konei, i hono māua ko tōku rangatira i konei, i whānau mai hoki i ā māua pepi i konei. Ko Te Moana Raukawakawa tō mātou ūkaipō.

I ngā tau 10 kua hipa, nōku te honore ki te mahi i te ao Māori. I te tau 2010, I whiwhi au i tētahi tūranga ki Whakatū Marae Social Services hei kaimahi ā-iwi, ā-rangatahi. Whai muri I tēnei ka whiti atu ki Te Toki Pakohe I Te Wānanga o Te Tauihu o te Waka a Maui hei kaiako rangatahi. I whakapūmau mātou ko ngā kaimahi o Te Toki Pakohe I te akoranga rangatahi Māori ko Ka Hao. Katahi, ka tīmata au ki te tū hei kaiako reo Māori.

Ka tū hoki tōku rangatira hei kaikako, ahakoa he Pākehā ia māna te reo Māori e ārahi ki tāna mahi. Nō tōna ngana ki te reo tēnei. E tipu ake ana māua, ōtira mātou ko tōku whānau katoa i te ao Māori. Te tangata i ākona ki te kāinga, tūngia ki te marae, tau ana!

I te nuinga o tāku oranga, kua whakatipu au ki te taha o te whānau o Ngāti Koata. Ko ako me whanake ētahi o ōku tino wana. E aroha hoki ana au ki te whakamana i ētahi atu tāngata, nā e hīkaka ana au ki te mahi i ēnei mahi ki te whānau o Ngāti Koata, kia tutuki pai ēnei o ngā whāinga kua manakohia e te iwi nei.

I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up here in Te Tauihu, I completed all my schooling here, met my wife here, we started and have grown our whānau here. The region of Te Moana Raukawakawa has sustained us and we strive to do the same in return.

Over the past 10 years it has been my honour to work in te ao Māori sector. In 2010 I received a position as a social worker for whānau/rangatahi at Whakatū Marae Social Services. After a number of years, I moved to work at Te Wānanga o Te Tauihu o te Waka a Māui (NMIT) in Te Toki Pakohe, where I have been for the past seven 7 years. It was there that the staff and I established a program for rangatahi Māori named Ka Hao. From this position I moved to beginning teaching Te Reo Māori.

My wife is also a teacher here in Te Tauihu, and even though she is not Māori she leads the Māori education at the school she teaches at, the is solely because if her drive and eagerness to see Māori education grown. We including our tamariki are all growing in our Māoritanga. We believe in the whakataukī, a person who learns at home, will be able to stand with confidence at the marae.

Having grown up here in Te Tauihu I have spent lots of my life with and around the whānau of Ngāti Koata. One of my passions is growth, and learning. I also love enabling other people to grow and learn, I am excited to be stepping in to this space with and for the whānau of Ngāti Koata, and to help our whānau achieve some of the goals set out by our people.

Mā runga i te ngākau iti,

Nā Craig Shepard

Takahia te Whenua

Takahia te Whenua

A biannual Ngāti Koata wānanga to walk in the footsteps of our tūpuna.

He wānanga mo ngā uri o Ngāti Koata kia hoki ki te kāinga ki te takahi i ngā tapuwae a kui mā a koro mā. I Whangarae mātou, puehu ana i ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea. Takahia te Whenua is a biannual Ngāti Koata wānanga to walk in the footsteps of our tūpuna and connect with our people, places and taonga. In 2019 it was held at Whangarae in the Croisilles Harbour.

Nā Te Pūtahitanga te pūtea tautoko.