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Disability Support


Karen Beard-GreerImage of Karen Beard-Greer

CEO, Independent Living Charitable Trust

I am CEO of the Independent Living Charitable Trust based in Auckland and I hold a range of Governance roles across New Zealand and Asia Pacific.

I believe I can add real value and balance to the depth of knowledge and experience the NGO Council offers its members, through my ability to influence and inform and my understanding of the mechanisms of Government.  I have a depth of expertise to call on, not only from within my own organisation, but the leadership positions I hold within Assistive Technology and my networks and linkages into the health and disability sector. 

One of my Governance roles is being on the International Committee for CREATE ASIA (Coalition for Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology).  A group of seventeen countries working together to deliver on the World Health Organisation GATE policy and main goal – Assistive Technology for everyone everywhere. 

In addition, I have twenty-five years’ experience running businesses in health, wellness, and disability.  I am a resourceful leader with a wide diversity of skills.  I am solutions focused, an innovator, adaptable and decisive, have good strategic oversight and am comfortable with an ever-changing landscape.

Independent Living provides disability advice and independent living solutions in Auckland and throughout NZ.  We are a not for profit organisation committed to making daily living easier for people with impairments, including their families, whānau and support networks.  We hold a range of contracts with the Ministry of Health including managing a hub and spoke contract enabling me to work collaboratively with twelve other disability organisations.  We have a significant level of talent, innovation, and expertise within our team at Independent Living, including twenty percent of our staff having lived experience of disability.  As a result, we are regularly called upon to help coach and guide other organisations within the sector and around New Zealand.

I am Mum to two teenage boys.  Although I live in Auckland, I am a passionate South Islander having grown up in North Canterbury. I love the outdoors and you will find me skiing in the winter, camping in the summer and thanks to Covid-19 have rediscovered my love of biking and invested in a mountain bike after Level 4 lockdown in Auckland.


Mike BrummittImage of Mike Brummitt

Board member, NZ Disability Support Network

I am Mike Brummitt, Board Member of New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) and Chief Executive at the Community Care Trust. I have worked in the disability sector for over 20 years. I started by working in a school alongside children with autism, and then as a senior manager for a private organization that supports adults with an intellectual disability in the UK.

During this time, I have gained a number of relevant qualifications including a BSc (Hons) 2:1 in Intellectual and Development Disabilities, from the University of Kent.  As well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Otago. The content of this course included, amongst others, the areas of strategy, organizational leadership, and operational excellence.

NZDSN was formed in 2010 and is a network of not-for-profit organisations that provide support services to disabled people.  During my five years on the Board I believe I have contributed positively to the outcomes of the organisation. I have engaged in robust but positive conversations and have utilized my ability for critical thinking and being able to gather a lot of information, opinions, experiences and observations to help in the process of bringing it together to achieve better outcomes. I have communicated well with different stakeholders, ensuring that everyone remains well informed and that they are involved in the outcomes.

I will bring this commitment to the Health & Disability NGO Council along with plenty of experience and knowledge both in the disability sector and in the leadership of NGO’s. I believe I have the ability to have a robust discussion ensuring best outcomes are achieved and have a true passion and commitment for the NGO sector.


Tania ThomasImage of Tania Thomas

Manawhakahaere/CEO, Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust

I am of Ngati Kahu and Irish descent. I am the Manawhakahaere/CEO of Te Roopu Taurima, a kaupapa Māori disability support service. This is a national service offering residential disability support services, respite services, mental health services, community services and rehabilitation services.

My experience spans over 40 years in the health and disability sector. That makes me a little long in the tooth, however, my drive and commitment - to uphold human rights and to advocate for equity for people most impacted by poverty, under resourced support services, poor practice and lack of input by service users and their whānau into decisions that affect them - is still going strong.

I am keen to work alongside others in our sector to ensure government are provided with the information they need to better inform their decision-making. I have a solutions focused approach and am a firm believer in providing evidence-based solutions to identified issues in our sector. I have a strong interest in workforce training and development, and the promotion of best practice.

I hold governance roles within my Iwi. I am on the Board of the New Zealand Disability Support Network and I chair ‘Tui Tuia’, NZDSN’s Māori Cultural Advisory Committee. I am also on the Board of the National Advocacy Trust and am an Area Governor within Rotary.

My most recent roles prior to my current role were with the Families Commission as the Director of Whānau and Family Knowledge leading policy analysts and research projects. The role I held prior to this was as the Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner responsible for Allied Health Professionals, Prisoners’ health and Māori health portfolios.

I have a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and am a trained mediator.

I am keen to be actively involved in the work of the NGO Council. My work and life experience have provided me with a range and mix of skills that I am happy to share. I am keen to learn from others and see the opportunity of collaborating with others as a great opportunity to bring about positive change for the diverse groups of people our organisations support.

Nāku noa, na

Tania Thomas, Manawhakahaere, Te Roopu Taurima.


Charles Tyrrell QSO, M.Th. (Oxon.), BA, SRN (UK)Image of Charles Tyrrell

Board Member, Age Concern NZ

During my life I have enjoyed two careers, one in the health sector and the other with the Anglican Church.  I trained as a State Registered Nurse in Liverpool, UK, and after graduation worked in operating theatres and then as a District Nurse. 

In 1977 I was ordained in Liverpool but retired from full-time work in New Zealand after being Dean of Nelson Cathedral and Enabler for Older Persons Ministry in the Diocese of Nelson.  My nurse training gave me a solid basis for pastoral work and later I became the first Patron of the NZ Parish Nurses Association. 

I joined the Board of Age Concern Nelson Tasman in 2011 and am presently the Chair.  Previously I was Vice-President of Age Concern New Zealand and have recently been re-elected to a seat on that Board.  Locally, I have chaired the Positive Ageing Forum for Nelson Tasman, a role that has just been completed.  From 2010 until 2019 I was a voluntary chaplain of a residential care home facility specialising in dementia care.

I wish to honour my early health training by serving the NGO Council if elected.  I have known illness and disability throughout my life but have overcome these to have a successful career.


Māori health


Selah HartImage of Selah Hart

CEO, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui

Ki Te Taha o tōku Matua

Ko Tutu Mapou toku Maunga

Ko Te Hoiere toku Awa

Ko Te Hoiere toku Waka

Ko Te Hora toku Marae

Ko Ngāti Kuia, ko Ngāti Apa ki te Ra To, ko Ngāti Koata, ko Rangitane ki Wairau, ko Ngai Tahu, ko Ngāti Toa oku Iwi

Ko Ngāti Rongomai toku Hapū

Ko Kaikai-a-waro te kaitiaki taniwha o toku awa

Ko Matua Hautere toku tipuna

Ko Pou Hemi Whiro toku Tangata Rongonui

 

Ki Te Taha o toku Whaea

Ko Te Maipi toku Maunga

Ko Kawhata toku Awa

Ko Takitimu toku Waka

Ko Te Ore Ore toku Marae

Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa toku Iwi

Ko Tumapuhia Arangi toku Hapu

Ko Selah Hart toku ingoa

Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri

Tēnā koe,

I am pleased to apply formally for a role with the NGO Council as a Māori Health Council Member.

I am currently the Chief Executive Officer at Hāpai Te Hauora and have been in this role since late 2018 notwithstanding I have worked in various roles at Hāpai for the past ten years. I am also a māmā to 3 sons, Sione, Siuta and Sekope, and twin daughters Jordan and Jericho.

Over my tenure in health, I have built a vast knowledge of the sector, and have contributed to a number of pieces of work focussed on building, maintaining, and retention of the Māori Health Workforce through such initiatives as Kia Ora Hauora – a pipeline service that supports those interested in health from secondary school through into the workforce.

I see myself as fit for purpose for the role, including the required attributes of:

  • Strategic leadership ability
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of public health
  • Experience working in Māori public health
  • Experience working in a tikanga Māori-based work environment
  • Mentoring, development and leadership skills

In addition to these skills, I have excellent working relationships nationally and regionally with key stakeholders. Whanaungatanga (relationships) have been fundamental to the success of Hāpai over our twenty-year history and I believe that, should I be appointed to this role, I will be able to provide support and expertise to the Council in ensuring all facets of our activity apply a quality assurance perspective with respect to health equity and improving health outcomes for Māori populations.

Mauri Ora!


Waylyn Tahuri-WhaipakangaImage of Waylyn Tahuri-Whaipakanga

Chief Operating Officer, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga                  

E mihi kau ake nei ki a koutou i tēnei wā o te mate urutā. E tangi tonu nei ō tātau mate, haere, haere atu rā. He maha ngā kaupapa hauora kei mua i a tātau hei whakatutuki mā tātau. Tēnā, kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui!

Ko Tītīrangi, ko Maungapōhatu ngā maunga Ko Tamaterangi, ko Kākakutāpiki ngā hapū Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Ko Tuhoe ngā iwi.

Ko Waylyn Tahuri-Whaipakanga tōku ingoa.

I have 28 years of experience working in the health and disability sector and it is my aim to bring the voice of the Kaupapa Māori NGO sector to the NGO Health and Disability network.

My current role as Chief Operating Officer includes managing extensive services across the following portfolios:

Social Services:

  • Disability Support
  • Community and Clinical Services
  • Corrections – Drug Treatment Units, Youth Programmes and Therapeutic residential Programme
  • Mental Health and Addiction – Clinical and Non-clinical Services in Residential and Community settings
  • Whānau Ora.

I have had the privilege of travelling to Alaska’s South Central Foundation (SCF) to see, feel and learn what a high-quality indigenous model of providing health care in the world looks like. SCF rely on  the 60,000 whānau voices of their customer-owners who guide and improve services to their communities through ongoing consultation. 

At TToH we are on a journey to improve the way we listen to, and then design services around the voice of our whānau.  This is an exciting time for us as we move towards a whānau centred approach.

NGO Sector Experience:

  • GM Tūhoe Hauora
  • Operations Manager – Te Whatuiāpiti Trust
  • Team lead and kaimahi roles in mental health, Alcohol and Drug services
  • Residential Manager of a range of services, Rangatahi, Mental Health, AoD rehabilitation services.

Further relevant experience:

I have worked for Tūhoe iwi at Te Uru Taumatua in Tāneatua as the GM Iwi – Health Housing, Education and Welfare and I have been a board member of Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay since 2016.

He ao te rangi, ka uhia, mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere ai.


Karaitiana Tickell (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa)Image of Karaitiana Tickel

Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Purapura Whetu Trust

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou ngā rangatira, hei kawe mai ngā kaupapa whakahirahira ki mua rā. 

I live in Ōtautahi/Christchurch with my whānau and have been involved in the NGO health and disability sector for over 20 years. My focus is to improve health equity for those with the least resource, considered at risk of poor health outcomes and recognised as vulnerable populations in Aotearoa – ensuring that all members of our communities are seen and heard.

My background is in psychotherapy and kaupapa Māori Health care and Māori education, with extensive experience in governance and health service delivery regionally and nationally, working closely with Māori, Pacific and CALD communities.

I am a founding member and the Kaiwhakahaere Matua of Purapura Whetu Trust, established in 2002, and am currently involved with several Boards and groups that support whānau. 

Through my work with the Canterbury Clinical Network Alliance Leadership Team (Member), Pegasus Health Te Kāhui o Papaki Kā Tai (Chair) and Population Health Advisory Board (Member), NGO, Māori health and mental health issues have stayed on the table and maintained a position of priority in a competitive environment with competing interests.

As a CCN Māori Caucus Member and through providing the Māori Health Perspective for South Island Mental Health Alliance and Mental Health Workstream, Māori mental health issues have a committed voice seeking equity.

Having previously been a member of the NGO Council, I look forward to the opportunity of returning with knowledge and experience from my work with Platform Trust (NGO Board member), Te Matau o Maui Collective (NGO Member), Navigate Waitaha (NGO Member), Mana Ake Service Level Alliance (NGO perspective), and Right Service, Right Time (Governance Member).

I believe that prevention is better than a cure, I promote partnership between NGOs and Crown agents, I support the provision of diverse options for consumers and whanau, I think we all have a responsibility to actively protect the rights of health consumers, and tino rangatiratanga is the way by which equity can be achieved.


Hariata Vercoe (Te Arawa - Ngati Pikiao, Te Rarawa – Te Uri o Hina)Image of Hariata Vercoe

Chief Executive Officer, Korowai Aroha

Hariata joined Korowai Aroha in 2008 as the Corporate Services Manager before becoming CEO in 2012. She has an extensive background in financial and administration management positions and previously worked in the government sector for 30 years.

Korowai Aroha is a kaupapa Māori Health Service and this shapes who we are, how we treat each other and most importantly, how we treat our patients and whanau.  Our main aim is to help the people who seek support from us for their healthcare. Māori Health is sometimes thought of as a challenging area to work in. Yet we recognise the privilege that people choose to share their health decisions with us.  Korowai Aroha is one of seven kaupapa Māori services within the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective which was formalised in June 2013. 

Since working in the health sector Hariata has found an increase in social needs has increased the demand for a greater range of services.  I have a passion for developing services that can bring Māori cultural practices back into use whilst still working alongside mainstream medicine.  Seeing a sense of pride and ownership of their hauora return to our people is very rewarding.

I have been brought up in a Māori environment, the marae has always been a great place to learn and cement the values that ground me.  This coupled with strong whānau support have been a strength throughout my life.  I am passionate about our culture and see it as an advantage when I think of transformation possibilities within the health sector.  It would be my privilege to contribute this experience to the NGO Council kete.


Mental health


Barbara Disley, ONZMImage of Barbara Disley

Group Chief Executive, Emerge Aotearoa

Incumbent, re-standing

Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors. She has held a number of senior public positions including chair of the first Mental Health Commission and   Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for special education.  

Barbara has worked in a number of non-government organisation Chief Executive roles including the Mental Health Foundation, Richmond Fellowship and now Emerge Aotearoa.   She has been involved in a number of Government reviews including the 2018 Mental Health Inquiry which produced He Ara Oranga.  She chaired the review of the ACC Sensitive Claims.   

Barbara was also a panel member for the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service which heard the stories of over 1000 people who had experience abuse or neglect while in state care.  She is currently the Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa, a large non-government mental health, disability, and social housing provider.

Barbara has been a member of the NGO Council for the past term and is keen to undertake this second term.  She sees it as a critical time with the likelihood of major sector change on the horizon for the NGO sector to be strongly represented.  It will be a critical time of change and the opportunity to transform services to better meet community needs will be contingent upon ensuring a strong voice for the NGO sector.

Barbara has a doctorate in education and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to mental health.


Hine Moeke-MurrayImage of Hine Moeke-Murray

CE, Te Kupenga Net

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga

Ko Waiapu te Awa

Te Te Aitanga a Mate raua ko Ngati Rangi nga Hapu

Ko Maui te tipuna

Ko Maui te Atua

Ko Porourangi te tangata

Ko Nga Tini o Porou - Ngati Porou whanau whanui te iwi te rohe

I am first and foremost wahine Māori, a wife, mum and grandmother.  However in my other life I am the CEO for Te Kupenga Net Trust, a Kaupapa Māori organisation that delivers on Peer Support and Advocacy Contracts in addition to Te Kuwatawata – an integrated service comprised of clinical staff and Mataora Specialists in the delivery of Māori Methodology and application in wananga working with Whanau in distress.  It is the only service of its kind in Aotearoa.

I have had various past roles in leadership and management although not all in the health or the mental health sector. I chose a particular line of academic study specifically pertaining to Māori, Māori world view, Māori philosophy and Māori, Management and Leadership.  All the skills that I have gained are utilised in practice in Māori Mental Health.

I stay abreast of national drivers for Māori and participate in this from a NZQA forum with Te Whakaruruhau Hau Matua and as the chair of Te Ara Nunumi Whakaruruhau.

Skills I Bring:

A definite and deliberate Māori lens in terms of working with family and whanau. Extensive experience working at national and regional level for Māori centred initiatives within Mental Health and Addictions. I believe in and promote the health and wellbeing of Māori and whanau and that the essence of Māori is found in our culture and the tohu that have been left by Tipuna.

  • Management
  • Auditing
  • Networking
  • Strategic Development and Leadership
  • Strong Communication
  • Education and Training
  • Cultural Literacy and capability

Credentials:

  • Masters Indigenous Studies (Awanuiarangi), Bachelor of Mātauranga Māori (Te Wananga o Raukawa), PGDip Māori Studies (Massey University), PGDip Māori and Management (Te Wananga o Raukawa), GDip in Kaitiakitanga – Professional Supervision, Diploma in Adult Education, Facilitator for working with Māori world view in cultural/clinical and non-cultural/clinical environments.
  • Current PhD Candidate Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
  • Clinical Governance and Chair of Te Huinga o Nga Pou Maori Advisory Group, tutor for appropriate cultural intervention and assessment for NGO sector within Te Tairawhiti, Whakaruruhau Matua for Te Ara Nunumi (Maori Death and Dying) NZQA, Maori Advisory Group member Health Promotion Agency.

Sector Linkages:

  • Te Kupenga Net Trust, Wananga, Mental Health Services and Education with Whanau, Te Roopu Matua Maori Leadership Group Mental Health and Addictions Tairawhiti, Tairawhiti District Health Board Joint Venture Relationship for Te Kuwatawata.

Karaitiana Tickell (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa)Image of Karaitiana Tickell

Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Purapura Whetu Trust

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou ngā rangatira, hei kawe mai ngā kaupapa whakahirahira ki mua rā. 

I live in Ōtautahi/Christchurch with my whānau and have been involved in the NGO health and disability sector for over 20 years. My focus is to improve health equity for those with the least resource, considered at risk of poor health outcomes and recognised as vulnerable populations in Aotearoa – ensuring that all members of our communities are seen and heard.

My background is in psychotherapy and kaupapa Māori Health care and Māori education, with extensive experience in governance and health service delivery regionally and nationally, working closely with Māori, Pacific and CALD communities.

I am a founding member and the Kaiwhakahaere Matua of Purapura Whetu Trust, established in 2002, and am currently involved with several Boards and groups that support whānau. 

Through my work with the Canterbury Clinical Network Alliance Leadership Team (Member), Pegasus Health Te Kāhui o Papaki Kā Tai (Chair) and Population Health Advisory Board (Member), NGO, Māori health and mental health issues have stayed on the table and maintained a position of priority in a competitive environment with competing interests.

As a CCN Māori Caucus Member and through providing the Māori Health Perspective for South Island Mental Health Alliance and Mental Health Workstream, Māori mental health issues have a committed voice seeking equity.

Having previously been a member of the NGO Council, I look forward to the opportunity of returning with knowledge and experience from my work with Platform Trust (NGO Board member), Te Matau o Maui Collective (NGO Member), Navigate Waitaha (NGO Member), Mana Ake Service Level Alliance (NGO perspective), and Right Service, Right Time (Governance Member).

I believe that prevention is better than a cure, I promote partnership between NGOs and Crown agents, I support the provision of diverse options for consumers and whanau, I think we all have a responsibility to actively protect the rights of health consumers, and tino rangatiratanga is the way by which equity can be achieved.


Pacific health


Silao Vaisola-SefoImage of Silao Vaisola-Sefo

Chief Executive Officer, South Seas Healthcare Trust, Otara.

Incumbent, re-standing

Silao was born in the village of Gagaifo o le Vao in the district of Lefaga in Samoa. Silao was educated in Dunedin, having attended Otago Boys High School and is an alumnus of the University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor Commerce majoring in Management.

Silao has a strong background in professional rugby, playing representative rugby at international level. Silao sees his background in professional sports as providing the building blocks to his professional career because of understanding the mechanics around high-performance teams and the transferable skills he acquired have assisted with his leadership roles within the Pacific health sector.

Silao aims to ensure that a key part of his role as Chief Executive of South Seas Healthcare Trust is to strengthen and build relationships with community and partners to ensure healthcare developments are in line with future growth and aspirations. 

Silao has worked in health for almost a decade and has a wealth of experience and understanding in funding and planning, and policy development at District Health Board level.

Silao has also worked in the non-government sector and has worked in primary health care for almost five years.


Personal Health


Frances BlythImage of Frances Blyth

Chair, Dementia Wellington

Incumbent, re-standing

Tēnā koutou katoa

I have been Chair of Dementia Wellington for six years and Deputy Chair of Dementia NZ for two years. I am also a Trustee of the Incredible Families Trust which delivers a range of interventions for families and whanau.

I have a background in the Public Sector (Health, Education, Tertiary Education and Justice) where I have held senior management roles as well as undertaken assignments on contract. I have also worked in external trade policy, as CE of an NGO, and in France for a human rights network.

My governance roles over recent years have brought me into contact with many NGOs, and their staff and clients. I believe in the importance of clients, client welfare and client needs at the centre of all NGO service agencies. I see incredible passion, enthusiasm and skills within NGOs in the health sector and strongly believe that the way we go about our work sets an example for all parts of the sector.

This is my third year on the NGO Council. With the completion of the Health and Disability Sector Review earlier this year, we are all facing the prospect of major changes in our sector. I look forward to working with the NGO Council on behalf of our Council members to ensure that the implications and challenges of change for NGOs are well understood by all. We will be working to make sure that as changes are developed, they are designed and implemented in the best possible way for all our NGO clients and NGO services.

Ngā mihi nui.


Jackie Edmond, MNZMImage of Jackie Edmond

CE, Family Planning NZ

Jackie Edmond has been Chief Executive of Family Planning since September 2006. Family Planning is the largest specialist provider of sexual and reproductive health services in New Zealand.

Family Planning was established in New Zealand in 1936, primarily to advocate for better access to contraception. Family Planning employs some 240 staff across New Zealand. The organisation has an extensive network of clinical and health promotion services and an international programmes unit that works across the Pacific.

With a professional background in psychiatric nursing and health management, Jackie’s working career has been entirely within the health sector. She is the public and media face of the organisation as an advocate for improved access to sexual and reproductive health services both here and across the pacific.

Jackie has been on numerous government delegations, both in the Pacific and the United Nations. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2020.


Sarah ManleyImage of Sarah Manley

Deputy Chief Executive, St John

Sarah Manley is the Deputy Chief Executive for St John leading their Community Health and Iwi Engagement portfolio across Aotearoa. Sarah’s leadership brings a strategic edge to her work, whilst also being embedded in local communities to ensure there is a ‘think global, act local’ perspective.

Sarah has political nous and a sound understanding of the workings of Government and how the Ministries operate across the health, social and voluntary sectors.

Sarah is highly values driven and ensures air-tight governance across her portfolio, including a number of national programmes ranging from rangatahi community resilience to community health transportation serving over 75,000 clients across New Zealand annually.

Sarah develops a compelling vision across her national work, builds extensive and productive stakeholder networks, and engages to effectively implement and measure the strategic delivery of the vision.

Sarah is a highly capable, credible leader, who is equally at home presenting her vision to a national audience or sitting having a chat to a local community volunteer.

Sarah has previously worked for both international and national NGOs that are focused on adolescent health and wellbeing, HIV and AIDS and violence against women.


Charles Tyrrell QSO, M.Th. (Oxon.), BA, SRN (UK)Image of Charles Tyrrell

Board Member, Age Concern NZ

During my life I have enjoyed two careers, one in the health sector and the other with the Anglican Church.  I trained as a State Registered Nurse in Liverpool, UK, and after graduation worked in operating theatres and then as a District Nurse. 

In 1977 I was ordained in Liverpool but retired from full-time work in New Zealand after being Dean of Nelson Cathedral and Enabler for Older Persons Ministry in the Diocese of Nelson.  My nurse training gave me a solid basis for pastoral work and later I became the first Patron of the NZ Parish Nurses Association. 

I joined the Board of Age Concern Nelson Tasman in 2011 and am presently the Chair.  Previously I was Vice-President of Age Concern New Zealand and have recently been re-elected to a seat on that Board.  Locally, I have chaired the Positive Ageing Forum for Nelson Tasman, a role that has just been completed.  From 2010 until 2019 I was a voluntary chaplain of a residential care home facility specialising in dementia care.

I wish to honour my early health training by serving the NGO Council if elected.  I have known illness and disability throughout my life but have overcome these to have a successful career.


Public Health


Jackie Edmond, MNZMImage of Jackie Edmond

CE, Family Planning NZ

Jackie Edmond has been Chief Executive of Family Planning since September 2006. Family Planning is the largest specialist provider of sexual and reproductive health services in New Zealand.

Family Planning was established in New Zealand in 1936, primarily to advocate for better access to contraception. Family Planning employs some 240 staff across New Zealand. The organisation has an extensive network of clinical and health promotion services and an international programmes unit that works across the Pacific.

With a professional background in psychiatric nursing and health management, Jackie’s working career has been entirely within the health sector. She is the public and media face of the organisation as an advocate for improved access to sexual and reproductive health services both here and across the pacific.

Jackie has been on numerous government delegations, both in the Pacific and the United Nations. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2020.


Selah HartImage of Selah Hart

CEO, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui

Ki Te Taha o tōku Matua

Ko Tutu Mapou toku Maunga

Ko Te Hoiere toku Awa

Ko Te Hoiere toku Waka

Ko Te Hora toku Marae

Ko Ngāti Kuia, ko Ngāti Apa ki te Ra To, ko Ngāti Koata, ko Rangitane ki Wairau, ko Ngai Tahu, ko Ngāti Toa oku Iwi

Ko Ngāti Rongomai toku Hapū

Ko Kaikai-a-waro te kaitiaki taniwha o toku awa

Ko Matua Hautere toku tipuna

Ko Pou Hemi Whiro toku Tangata Rongonui

 

Ki Te Taha o toku Whaea

Ko Te Maipi toku Maunga

Ko Kawhata toku Awa

Ko Takitimu toku Waka

Ko Te Ore Ore toku Marae

Ko Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa toku Iwi

Ko Tumapuhia Arangi toku Hapu

Ko Selah Hart toku ingoa

Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri

Tēnā koe,

I am pleased to apply formally for a role with the NGO Council as a Māori Health Council Member.

I am currently the Chief Executive Officer at Hāpai Te Hauora and have been in this role since late 2018 notwithstanding I have worked in various roles at Hāpai for the past ten years. I am also a māmā to 3 sons, Sione, Siuta and Sekope, and twin daughters Jordan and Jericho.

Over my tenure in health, I have built a vast knowledge of the sector, and have contributed to a number of pieces of work focussed on building, maintaining, and retention of the Māori Health Workforce through such initiatives as Kia Ora Hauora – a pipeline service that supports those interested in health from secondary school through into the workforce.

I see myself as fit for purpose for the role, including the required attributes of:

  • Strategic leadership ability
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge of public health
  • Experience working in Māori public health
  • Experience working in a tikanga Māori-based work environment
  • Mentoring, development and leadership skills.

In addition to these skills, I have excellent working relationships nationally and regionally with key stakeholders. Whanaungatanga (relationships) have been fundamental to the success of Hāpai over our twenty-year history and I believe that, should I be appointed to this role, I will be able to provide support and expertise to the Council in ensuring all facets of our activity apply a quality assurance perspective with respect to health equity and improving health outcomes for Māori populations.

Mauri Ora!


Sarah ManleyImage of Sarah Manley

Deputy Chief Executive, St John

Sarah Manley is the Deputy Chief Executive for St John leading their Community Health and Iwi Engagement portfolio across Aotearoa. Sarah’s leadership brings a strategic edge to her work, whilst also being embedded in local communities to ensure there is a ‘think global, act local’ perspective.

Sarah has political nous and a sound understanding of the workings of Government and how the Ministries operate across the health, social and voluntary sectors.

Sarah is highly values driven and ensures air-tight governance across her portfolio, including a number of national programmes ranging from rangatahi community resilience to community health transportation serving over 75,000 clients across New Zealand annually.

Sarah develops a compelling vision across her national work, builds extensive and productive stakeholder networks, and engages to effectively implement and measure the strategic delivery of the vision.

Sarah is a highly capable, credible leader, who is equally at home presenting her vision to a national audience or sitting having a chat to a local community volunteer.

Sarah has previously worked for both international and national NGOs that are focused on adolescent health and wellbeing, HIV and AIDS and violence against women.