The Poari Board provides oversight, insight and foresight for Te Aka Whai Ora as we strive for pae ora healthier futures for whānau Māori, a kaupapa which will benefit all New Zealanders.

Tipa Mahuta (Chair) Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi

From Waahi Pa, Huntly, Tipa has a background in facilitation, research, policy and community development complemented by over 20 years in Iwi governance experience. As well as Te Aka Whai Ora, she acts as:

  • Deputy Chair on Counties Manukau District Health Board
  • Chair of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group
  • Councillor with the Waikato Regional Council
  • Co-chair of the Waikato River Authority
  • Board member with the Te Kotahi Research Centre

Tipa has also served on a wide range of iwi and community boards including Iwi Māori Council at Waikato DHB, Tainui Group Holdings, as well as the Waikato Conservancy. 

Kim Ngarimu (Deputy Chair) Te Aitanga ā Mate, Ngāti Porou

Director of Tāua Limited, a consultant company specialising in public policy and public management, Kim is also a Council Member of Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa, Medical Council of New Zealand.

  • Former Deputy Secretary at Te Puni Kōkiri.

Kim is also a system level thinker, strategist, and influencer with proven capability in stakeholder engagement.

Ben Dalton Ngāpuhi, Ngati Porou

Ben Dalton is the current CEO of Waitangi Ltd. 

  • Former Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Former Chief Operating Officer role for the Provincial Development Unit of the Provincial Growth fund.

Ben is a resilient, disciplined, diligent and determined leader with government leadership experience.

Dr Mataroria Lyndon Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai, Waikato

A Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Lyndon is also in governance roles spanning health, academia, and sport. He received a Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar and was the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Young Professional of the Year.

  • Co-founder and Clinical Director of Tend Health
  • Board member of Pūtahi Manawa Centre of Research Excellence
  • Board member of Aktive Sport and Recreation

Matatoria was previously Equity Lead at Mahitahi Hauora PHO, Medical Lead for Māori health at Counties Manukau DHB, Deputy Chair of Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency, and Board member of the Northland DHB.

Steven McJorrow Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Moe

Steven McJorrow is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced finance executive.

  • Chief Financial Officer of Pāmu Farms of New Zealand (Landcorp Farming Ltd)
  • Director of Wharewaka East Ltd, a land development joint venture
  • Director of FarmIQ a Farm Management Software company, and a past director of animal genetics company Focus Genetics. 
  • Chairman of the Scots College Board of Governors
  • Co-Founder of Cornish College, Melbourne
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Directors

Steven's previous roles have included director of animal genetics company Focus Genetics, CFO of a private investment company in Melbourne, Group Financial Controller for the Australian Wheat Board, Head of Decision Support for a retail bank, and time spent in strategy consulting.

Helmut Modlik Ngāti Toa

Helmut Modlik is the current Tumu Whakarae of Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira and brings an extensive network across government and iwi, and a positive reputation for making real change.

  • Former Board member of PHARMAC, Capital & Coast DHB, and the Health Information Standards Organisation.

Helmut has strong executive and governance experience, including in public health, and a proven capability to advance Māori outcomes at an iwi level

Fiona Pimm Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

Living in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Fiona is an executive leader with extensive experience in governance roles in the health sector, government agencies, community NGO, local iwi and runanga. Starting as a Medical Radiation Technologist, she then moved into health service management with DHBs, He Oranga Pounamu and Pegasus Medical Group.

  • Board member of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
  • Board member of NZ Parole Board

Awerangi Tamihere Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitane, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Kai Tahu

Living in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Awerangi has senior leadership experience across central government, regional crown entities, the private sector, and in working with her iwi. She entered the health sector as a speech language therapist and has worked with Ministry of Health, DPMC and Northern Regional Health Authority.

  • Chief Operating Officer for Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust
  • Chief Operating Officer for the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency


Te Aka Whai Ora Board appointments are made by the Minister of Health.


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