Te Huinga o Nga Pou Hauora - Mãori Leadership Network

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga karangamaha e noho mai i raro i nga maunga korero o nga poari hauora a rohe e rima, tenei te mihi atu ki a koutou katoa.  Kei raro iho nei ko nga kupu hei whakamaramahia te huarahi hei painga, hei oranga mo to tatau iwi.

It is an expectation that members of this group are committed to attending the quarterly face to face meetings, ensure that they are well prepared and consult with their stakeholders groups where possible prior to the meeting.  Accommodation and disbursement will be provided for Taranaki and Tairawhiti representatives.  Travel and meeting time should be supported by the individual organisations.

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 Meet the Members

Turaukawa Bartlett - Youth AOD Practitioner, Waikato

T BartletCredentials:

  • 2017 Bob Henare Award (Te Rau Matatini) – Excellence toward Māori Mental Health.
  • 2016 Careerforce Future Māori Business Leader Award
  • Level 7 Diploma in Addiction Counselling – Te Taketake (current studies)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Support – Careerforce
  • Level 4 Certificate in Health Promotion
  • Level 5 Certificate in Whaikōrero / Tikanga studies – Te Wānanga o Raukawa
  • Level 4 Certificate in Te Reo Māori – Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Sector Linkages & Networks:

  • Member of the ‘Tautoko ki Waikato’ – Waikato Mental Health Advisory Rōpū
  • Member of ‘Mana Tane ki Waikato’ – Māori Men’s Health Advisory Rōpū
  • Founding member of ‘Korowai Tupu’ – Professional Association of Youth Workers in Aotearoa
  • Member of ‘Safer Coromandel’ – Coromandel Health Promotion and Strategy Development Rōpū.


Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko te Waitematā te moana
Ko Māhuhu ki-te-rangi te waka
Ko Tumutumuwhenua te whare
Ko Takaparawhau te whenua
Ko Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei te iwi

I describe myself as a proud young Māori; devoted father to a child with special needs (ASD), and a husband to my soul mate of over 12 years.  I hail from Orākei – Tāmaki Makaurau, where I was raised under the guidance of my grandmother; of whom gifted me the values of pono (honesty), māhaki (humility) and the notion of continually seeking and developing mātauranga (knowledge). I am a student of Te Reo Rangatira / Te Reo Māori and strongly passionate about the development and promotion of the language in all cultures and ethnicities; believing it to be a pathway of strengthening the understanding of Te Ao Māori.

Since 2016, I have supported Rangatahi in the Hauraki rohe as a Youth Worker and student AOD – Alcohol and Other Drug counsellor for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. In this role, I have had the opportunity to support Rangatahi and their Whānau ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’; allowing me to gain a true perspective of the issues and barriers our Whaiora currently experience.  These issues often relate to the normalisation of the many inter-generation trends and behaviours often involving substance use, and the subsequent effects on their mental wellbeing. These issues are most prevalent within the Māori community and carry a tremendous amount of tapu – sacredness and stigma contributing to their lack of engagement in the much needed services. As a strong believer in whānau collaboration and ‘mana enhancement’, I endeavour to utilise the concept of Tino Rangatiratanga / Self Determination in strengthening a person’s cultural identity; forming and guiding a pathway to wellness.

This passion is also reflected in my belief that Māori should be given a ‘voice’ in the consultation, development and implementation of all health service strategies. This is not simply because we are significantly over represented in poor health statistics, but also representing a commitment to upholding our nation’s obligations to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as well as the understanding that ‘Maori know what is good for Maori’. As a member of various reference and strategy development rōpū, I am able to exercise this passion ensuring that this ‘voice’ is not only heard, but acknowledged and recognised as the foundation of which any, and all strategies must be built upon.

Skills I Bring: 

My skills strongly relate to my ability to lead, unify and mobilise rangatahi and their whānau to take action in strengthening their own communities. This is a concept that centres itself on Tino Rangatiratanga and the promotion of positive health strategies, breaking the socially constructed discourses that promote welfare dependency and a reoccurring cycle of cultural disconnection.

Examples of this include:

  • The development of ‘Rangatahi Empowering Rangatahi’. A rangatahi based programme aimed at building the leaders of tomorrow, today.
  • The implementation of ‘Mates Before Crates’. A health promotion strategy aimed at empowering rangatahi and their whānau to make safer decisions relating to their alcohol use.
  • Establishing the ‘Turaukawa – All for Varden’ Facebook page. An on-line forum aimed at inspiring whānau to seek education; enhance their use of Te Reo Māori; and raising awareness of the various issues facing Mãori including suicide prevention.

An example of this is seen with an interview of Sarah Tully – Dairy NZ Suicide Awareness Promoter. I was able to utilise social media as a forum to promote the awareness of suicide prevention. Within two weeks, the video had received over 1000 views and shared among different pages, including the Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa and various rangatahi forums. This also created a pathway of initiating ‘healthy’ and courageous discussions.

Other interviews held also relate to motivating rangatahi to embrace their culture; professionalising the health sector and creating stronger inter-community networks and relationships.

As a ‘ face’ on the ‘frontline’ and recognised community leader,  I believe I have the ability to provide the crucial information and undiluted feedback needed to appropriately evaluate and identify the ‘real’ success or failure of any past,  present or any proposed future strategies. It seems of common thought that the development and implementation of any strategy, especially for our most disenfranchised population, must centre itself on meeting the ‘true’ need of the people it suggest to support.

This also relates to the rural environment in which I deliver support; providing a voice for those living in the ‘outskirts, a population often overseen in the development of the seemingly suburban focused strategies.

Whilst I understand that I do not possess a lifetime of experience in the health sector, I do possess a true passion for improving the wellbeing of Whaiora; in particular Te iwi Māori. I can only hope that this passion is an element that can be utilised in strengthening this group’s united voice.

Nga manaakitanga - Turaukawa Bartlet

Wi Te Tau Huata - Family Advisor, Lakes

W HuataCredentials:


  • BA Performing Arts 2004
  • National Certificate & Diploma in Mental Health 2002
  • Leadership Training - Blueprint 2004
  • Award Recipient "Paraire Huata Awards" Te Rau Matatini 2016
  • Koro to seven grandchildren
  • Worked in Health sector, as a Mental Health & Addiction community support worker
  • Facilitator and trainer Mãori models of practice, worked with Te Ngaru Learning Systems (Paraire Huata) participated in all Miria te Hinengaro Wananga 1998 — 2002
  • Consumer representation on research team that gathered information on "Mental Health Outcomes for Mãori." 1998 Dyal, Bridgman The research was subsequently published in the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Issue 12
  • Programme Co-ordinator for and Early intervention Kaupapa Mãori service Te Whare Hauora o Ngongotaha, and Karldon Trust.
  • Has experience as auditor of Mental Health providers;
  • Rotorua Probation service Wananga (with Paraire Huata) Waikeria prison;
  • Tutor Kapa Haka for mokopuna primary school, and early Childcare Centre.
  • Lighting Production and Stage Management of events;

Sector Linkages:

  • Former member of Miri te Hinengaro Kia Tupu He Whakaaro 1995 - 2000
  • Te Rau Matatini (resource person for Tangata Whaiora projects 2008 —2017)


Performing Arts background come from a whanau who have nurtured the development of Wananga and Kapa Haka, and all aspects of Performing Arts.

Strong knowledge and understanding of tikanga Mãori and how this should be applied in a Kaupapa service environment.

Committed to ensuring the issues for Mãori consumers are considered in developments from a service level through to regional and national developments.

Worked in the Hospitality and Health sector. Health — Mental Health and Addictions services. Worked with Te Whare Hauora o Ngongotaha, and Karldon Trust (Mãori Mental Health providers Lakes District)

Participated in a number of regional and national forum for Mãori consumers.

Ringawera at all whanau marae provide leadership as required and able to run the kitchen at events.

The greatest role I have had is being a great Dad to my children, and Koro to my grandchildren and ensuring they have all the love and support they need.

Skills I bring:

A range of skills and attributes as noted above. Bertram and I are currently sitting on the national Mãori whaiora forum "He Tupuana Nga kakano" we need to ensure that Mãori whaiora from across the region are informed of developments at a national level, and in turn we are aware of what the issues are and can take these to the forum for consideration.

We may not necessarily need to be members of Te Huinga o Nga Pou but indeed have an opportunity to share what is happening, and be able to link in with other networks across the Midland region.

Phyllis Tangitu - General Manager, Mãori Health, Lakes

phyllis-tangitu.jpgAs Crown agents, DHBs are required to act in a manner that is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi principles of partnership, participation and protection in the delivery of health and disability services, in order to address disparities in health.

As the lead GM Mãori Health Phyllish is responsibile for liaising with HealthShare on behalf of the Midland DHBs General Managers, Mãori Health, to ensure identification of, and advocacy for, issues around Mãori health and inequalities

Phyllis began her jouney in health when she became active in Iwi development in Te Arawa, in particular for rangatahi. That role primed her for a new position in Wellington in 1989 as National Co-ordinator of Affirmative Action Programmes for Mãori in the health sector. From there, there was no holding her back.  A year later Phyllis returned home to an appointment as operations manager for Te Runanganui o Te Arawa. This opportunity saw her contribute to the establishment of Te Mana Hauora o Te Arawa (Te Arawa health authority).

Phyllis, of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Awa ki te Rangitaiki, and Ngati Ranginui descent, believes the foundation for much of the current work in Mãori health at the Lakes DHB level, lies in groundbreaking developments in mental health at Rotorua Hospital. She credits Tutanekai Kinita, John Vercoe and Hapi Winiata who guided Po Te Atatu (the Mãori mental health team) in the beginning as being instrumental in the organisation’s success.  “When I started in mental health, the mental health service comprised of a 16-bed acute inpatient unit and a few nurses working in the community. Mãori were high users of the inpatient unit and you frequently experienced 80 - 90 per cent Mãori.”

From Mental Health, Phyllis led the establishment of Te Whakaruruhau, the Mãori health team in Lakeland Health. Phyllis was selected to lead Te Whakaruruhau in the late 90s. Te Whakaruruhau was established in 1996 and provided a strategic focus on workforce development, planning, and mainstream responsiveness. Mãori Health required a whole systems approach.  When the Lakes District Health Board was set up early in 2001, Phyllis was appointed to her present position. The results of a Health Needs Assessment of the Lakes’ population identified Mãori health as a top priority for the new DHB.

“The challenge is for Mãori health to effect change that shows real improvement in health gain for Mãori, while the statistics of recent decades show no gains have been made so far.  This is a daunting task for the Mãori health division of the DHB, the board and my fellow colleagues. The issues for Mãori health status in this region are quite significant and complex. We have to be real about what we can attain in the next two to three years,”

Phyllis continues to lead Mãori Health development in Lakes DHB and acknowledges the many people that have supported her as she has grown with the organisation.  Phyllis is also, a ministerial appointment to the Mental Health Review Tribunal, a former director of Te Rau Matatini (National Mãori workforce board), Co-Chair of Nga Purei Whakataa Ruamano, a community member on Te Kaunihera Mãori of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. And acknowledges her biggest achievement to her whanau, partner to Wi and mother of Te Kahu o Te Rangi, Tahangawari, and Tamihana, and Kuia to Moanaroa.

Hine Moeke-Murray - General Manager, Tairawhiti

Hine M


Bachelor of Matauranga Mãori (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Post Graduate Diploma Mãori Studies (Massey University), Post Graduate Diploma Mãori and Management (Te Wananga o Raukawa), Educator, Facilitator for working with Mãori world view in cultural and non cultural environments. Former Kaiarahi for the Cultural Assessment Team Mental Health and Addiction Tairawhiti District Health, Whakaruruhau Matua for Te Ara Nunumi NZQA, current member of Midland Region Te Ao Whanau (formerly Midland Region Generating Action for Family and Whanau), Cultural Advisor for NGO groups within Tairawhiti, tutor for Te Wananga o Raukawa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in whanau and hapu development, tutor for appropriate cultural intervention and assessment for NGO sector within Te Tairawhiti, completed the suicide intervention and prevention diploma with Te Pu Wananga o Anamata, Nga Purei Whakataa Ruamano

Sector Linkages:

Te Kupenga Net Trust, Recovery solutions, Midland Regional Groups - Te Ao Whanau and Midland Workforce Advisory, Marae within Tairawhiti, Wananga, Mental Health Services and Education with Whanau, Ngati Porou Hauora, Turanga Health, Tairãwhiti District Health and all Mental Health Sectors within the organisation.


Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Te Te Aitang 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 Mãori, a wife, mum and grandmother.  However in my other life I am a cultural assessor for the Cultural Assessment Team Community Mental Health and Addiction Tairawhiti District Health Board.  It is a privilege and pleasure to work for the only integrated cultural and mainstream team in Mental Health in Aotearoa that works alongside of the Psychiatric Assessment Team for all crisis and acute intervention 24/7, where kaupapa Mãori intervention is valued, respected and acted on at first point of contact and assessment.  I have been in this role for nearly three years. Previously I worked for Hauora Mãori in General Medicine as the Kaiatawhai – Advocate for Mãori inpatients at TDH. I have also worked with the Bereavement Care Team (Mortality Management Specialists) Counties Manukau District Health Board.

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 Mãori, Mãoriworld view, Mãori philosophy and Mãori, Management and Leadership from a Mãori perspective.  All the skills that I have gained are utilised in practice in Mãori Mental Health.

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

I have been extensively involved in the forward development of Mental health Assessment for hapu and train local NGO in cultural assessment appropriate to this rohe.

Skills I Bring:

A definite Mãori lens in terms of working with family and whanau. I have extensive experience working at a national and regional level for Mãori centred initiatives. I believe in and promote the health and well being of Mãori and whanau and that the essence of Mãori is found in our culture and the tohu that have been left by Tipuna.

  • Management
  • Auditing
  • Networking
  • Strategic Development
  • Strong Communication
  • Education and Training

I have management skills, assessment skills, auditing, the ability to view issues through a wide lens, I have extensive front line working knowledge of acute un-wellness for Tangata Whaiora and understand the absolute importance for the involvement of whanau whakapapa or whanau kaupapa as part of healing.

Stacey Porter - Mãori Advisory, Werry Workforce Wharaurau

Stacey PorterStacey descends from Ngai Takoto, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāpuhi in the far north, and Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Maru on the east coast. Stacey has a background in kaupapa māori and extensive experience in Māori mental health, Māori policy, Māori education and community legal needs. 

With the support of our Kaumātua, Stacey brings passion for structure and critical analysis of traditional concepts to ensure the Werry Workforce Whāraurau team can develop sustainable, authentic best practices that will benefit all projects intended to meet the needs of mokopuna. Mauri ora!

Aimee Bartlett - Kaiwhakahononga Hāpai, Māori Workforce Development – Careerforce TeToi Pūkenga 

Aimee BartlettCredentials:

  • 2018 Ka Eke Poutama Programme
  • Rangatahi Māori Governance and Leadership
  • Te Whare Hukahuka
  •  2017 Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling Degree
  • Mental Health and Addictions major (DAPAANZ Accredited)
  • Waikato Institute of Technology

Sector Linkages:

  • Tautoko ki Waikato - Waikato Māori MH&A Leadership Forum


Ko Tohora te waka
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Rae-o-te-Papa te maunga
Ko Hako te tangata
Ko Ngati Hako te iwi
Ko Tirohia te marae
Nō Hauraki ahau
Ko Aimee Bartlett tōku ingoa

I am a proud wahine Māori, with a strong focus on bi-cultural practice to support the hauora of Tāngata Whai Ora in all environments.

My passion comes from my own lived experience as well as being a parent of a child with severe Autism; and seeing the benefits first hand of utilising mātauranga Māori as a foundation of mana-ā-kī-tanga in supporting Hauora.

I currently deliver the MANAvation programme in the Hauraki rohe specifically targeting Rangatahi Māori, as well as supporting Māori Workforce Development for Careerforce te toi pūkenga on a national level.

My leadership style is one of whanaungatanga; utilising networks and connections to support a common goal of enhancing Hauora Māori.


  • Youth focused – I believe in nurturing the next generation of Māori leaders and come with an established network of connections with Rangatahi.
  • Effective communication – I thrive in environments where communication is pono and tika, and am confident in challenging attitudes and behaviours across the sector that create barriers to Hauora Māori.
  • Structured and goal driven – I pride myself in working to achieve common goals for the betterment of the collective.
  • Passionate about the MH&A sector development – I am focused on supporting a confident future workforce that truly connects with tāngata whai ora, and my role within National Workforce Development provides the mandate to implement systemic change that supports Hauora Māori.
Terry Huriwai - Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rau Matatini 

Terry HuriwaiTerry would like to describe himself as quiet, shy and retiring. Many of those who know him may agree. The humble, compassionate gentleman who sits behind the glasses has supported the addiction sector for many years.                                  

Beginning his career as a probation officer in Christchurch he formalised various roles at Te Rito Arahi, Māori Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service with an iwi secondment in 1994. Since then, Terry has had roles in the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, the Ministry of Health, Matua Raki and now manager of the Te Hau Mārire programme within Te Rau Matatini.

Throughout the many roles, Terry has taken every opportunity to share knowledge at local, regional and national levels–to influence and shape practice and service delivery to enhance Māori wellbeing. Many will attest to the multitude of articles, guidelines and intel emailed at random times throughout the day or night.

Terry’s many achievements include publications in gambling, alcohol and other drug and workforce development. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Takarangi Competency Framework and is a co-author of He Tete Kura, Māori Addiction Treatment:1980-2008. Terry can attest to the many challenges and continued growth in the sector but it is fair to say he has been an active participant in much of the past, current and future history of the addiction treatment sector. 

Terry would say one of his greatest achievements would be to spoil the ‘moko’ without getting caught by the parents.

Te Rukutia Tongaawhikau - Kaiwhakarite, Bi-Cultural Relationships, Problem Gambling Foundation

Te RukutiaCredentials:

  • Kaitiakitanga – PG Dip In Prof Bi cultural Supervision
  • Dip Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Presenter at the TWOA Kaitiakitanga National Conference 2019
  • Invited to present Mana-Enhancing service at the Gambling Harm Conference in March 2020

Sector Linkages:

  • Supported Te Uhi Wero, Uhi Taia Waananga as a facilitator to elicit feedback from whanau with lived experience
  • Attended the Māori Health Action Plan Wānanga in Rotorua, feeding back to He Korowai Aroha and the strategic priorities.
  • Strong networks to The Department of Corrections, Services within Auckland & Central Island as well as National Office.
  • Member of the Auckland Region Addiction Collaborative
  • Problem Gambling Services operating within Midlands, including Clinical and Public Health Staff
  • Mana Whenua networks within Waikato, Taranaki and Te Taitokerau districts
  • Relationships held by Problem Gambling Services and myself include Te Utuhina Manaakitanga, Te Kahui Hauora Trust, Tui Ora, Te Kuwatawata, Midland DHBs – HealthShare, Hauraki Maaori Trust Board, Te Atea Marino, Raukura hauora, Te Hononga, Turuki Health, Taranaki District Health Board, TWOA, WITT, MIT, Te Whanau o Waipareira, Manukau Urban Authority, Strive, Oranga Tamariki,  Family Success Matters, Odyssey and The Salvation Army


Ki te ta’a o tooku Papa
Ko Taranaki te Maunga,
Ko Ngati Ruanui rāua ko Ngarua’inekiterangi ngā Iwi
Ko Araukuuku Te ‘apu, Ko Ngarongo te Pā
Ko au Te Rukutia Tongaawhikau

For over 15 years, my whānau and I have supported mauhere on their journey of recovery. Reconnecting individuals and families to our culture, restoring and nurturing respectful relationships. I am an active member of my ‘apū and Pā; from grassroots events, fundraising, secretary and trustee of committees, to seeking redress from the crown for raupatu whenua me takutai moana, Iwi settlement dispute WAI552 and recognition of Araukuuku as Mana Whenua. I joined the Department of Corrections as Advisor Māori and received the Silver Award for my contributions to the establishment of a new indigenous intervention; rehabilitating women through culture and Mana-Enhancing service “Te Mana Wāhine – The Unique Power of Women”. I soon became Senior Advisor Kaupapa Māori Supervision of the Northern Region; where I focused on developing cultural capability and bi-cultural practice across frontline teams. Embedding indigenous applied principle frameworks “Te Tokorima a Maui – The fingers of Maui” and “Te Ara Tauwhāiti – The Tenuous Pathway” (Ngamoki, 2018). This extended to advising and co-developing Kaupapa Māori, trauma informed, and gender responsive interventions. I am currently Kaiwhakarite for the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF Service, Mapu Maia & Asian Family Services), supporting the development and implementation of the organisations’ Rautaki Māori (Māori Strategy), building and strengthening relationships and integration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Mana-Enhancing service as per the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017.


Tatari ake e koutou e po, e ao. This whakataukii encompasses my approach to supporting whanau on their journey. Inviting people to wait as we spend quality time to be with people in the space and way that supports their intentions. Acknowledging and incorporating the tangible and intangible aspects into a healing journey at the individual, whanau, organisation and wider levels.


Apart from the personal networks and experience, I bring with me the networks, knowledge and resource of The Problem Gambling Foundation, who are very well established within the Gambling Additions sector, they also have the unique benefit of operating General, Pasifika and Asian services across Aotearoa. Our collective networks, knowledge, experience and access to whanau with lived experience and those supporting them provide a grassroots perspective to the organisation.


Serving and weaving together the people working in the Midland communities and consuming our services. Feeding back unbiased stories from the people about what is happening (Good & Bad) with regards to equity, service quality, staff development and opportunities.

Encouraging collaborative relationships between providers to better serve our communities.


Other Members

  • Pania Hetet, Tuhoe Hauora, BOP
  • Libby Moeke, Recovery Solutions, Tairawhiti

The Mãori Leadership Network is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addiction Network Team:

  • Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Region Director
  • Belinda Walker - Midland Information Project Coordinator
  • Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
  • Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead