Te Aka Whai Ora Board are appointments made by the Minister of Health. The Board members that will drive and work towards a new transformed hauora system consists of:

Ms Tipa Mahuta (Waikato, Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi)

Chair, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority

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Ms Tipa Mahuta

Ms Tipa Mahuta has a background in facilitation, research, policy and community development complemented by over 20 years in Iwi governance experience. She lives at Waahi Pa in Huntly.

Ms Mahuta is currently the Deputy Chair on Counties Manukau District Health Board and the Chair of the Taumata Arowai Māori Advisory Group, a councillor with the Waikato Regional Council, co-chair of the Waikato River Authority and board member with the Te Kotahi Research Centre.

Ms Mahuta has served on a wide range of iwi and community boards including Iwi Māori Council at Waikato DHB and Tainui Group Holdings. She also has experience in environmental governance, serving on the Waikato Conservancy. 

My marae established the first marae-based health clinic in the 1980s as a model of care for our whānau and increase access to hauora services. Waikato has had to employ our own responses since Raupatu where landlessness, poverty and epidemics have caused us to create our own strategies for survival like other whānau and communities around the motu.

From the work of many, we are fortunate to be able to launch into a new era of Māori decision-making in health and the challenge remains the same in my opinion, to empower our whānau to enjoy intergenerational health gains and increase their opportunity to drive their own hauora futures and decision-making. The reforms will act as a catalyst for necessary change, inclusion, innovation and responsiveness by the health system.   

Ka noho whakaiti nei me te whai ake i nga koorero i waihotia mai

Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te Iwi – Te Puea Herangi

Amohia ake te ora o te Iwi, kia puta ki te wheiao – Kiingi Tuheitia


Ms Sharon Shea (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako)

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Ms Sharon Shea

Sharon is an experienced board member and has held roles on both private and public sector organisations. She often fulfils Ministerial appointed roles in health and other sectors and has held or holds governance roles in research, education, transport, start-up IT, and philanthropy.

Ms Shea is the owner/operator of a private public sector management consulting company, Shea Pita & Associates Ltd, and has extensive experience in system and service design, strategy, outcomes-based commissioning and data. Ms Shea’s experience is extensive in the health sector, and she also offers experience across education, corrections, justice, social services and broader Māori development/Whānau Ora and Whanau Resilience/Manawaroa.

Ms Shea has a BA/LLB (Auckland) and a Masters in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University. Ms Shea has significant governance and leadership experience across the health, disability and community sectors. She lives in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

Dr Sue Crengle (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha)

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Dr Sue Crengle

Dr Sue Crengle specialises in general practice and public health medicine and has been working as a researcher for over 25 years. She is a Professor, Hauora Māori, at Otago Medical School. Much of her work involves identifying where and how inequities in health occur, and in testing ways to eliminate these inequities. She lives in Invercargill.

Dr Crengle has extensive knowledge, and experience of the health system, primary care and public health in both a Kaupapa Māori and mainstream setting, significant experience working with Māori communities and organisations and an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi based principles and frameworks as they apply to health.

Dr Crengle is a foundation member of Te Ora and sits on the Taumata of senior clinicians.

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

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Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Dr Mataroria Lyndon is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland and co-founder and Clinical Director of Tend Health. He also co-hosts the TVNZ medical series ‘The Check Up' and was previously a medical lead for Māori health at Counties Manukau DHB.

Dr Lyndon is Deputy Chair of Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency, and a Board member of the Northland DHB, Aktive, and Healthy Hearts Aotearoa Centre of Research Excellence. 

He completed his Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar and his PhD is focused in medical education. He was also awarded the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Young Professional of the Year 2016.

Ms Fiona Pimm (Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha)

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Ms Fiona Pimm

Ms Fiona Pimm is an executive leader with extensive experience in governance roles in the health sector, government agencies, community NGO, local iwi and runanga. She currently holds governance roles on health, education and workforce training organisations as well as the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Board and the NZ Parole Board. She lives in Christchurch.

Ms Pimm worked at the frontline in health, starting as a Medical Radiation Technologist and then moved into health service management with DHBs, He Oranga Pounamu and Pegasus Medical Group.

Ms Pimm has extensive health sector networks across Aotearoa, especially in the Primary Care and Māori Health sector.

Ms Awerangi Tamihere (Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitane, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Kai Tahu)

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Ms Awerangi Tamihere

Ms Awerangi Tamihere has senior leadership experience across central government, regional crown entities, the private sector, and in working with her iwi. She lives in Auckland.

Since 2019, Ms Tamihere has been the Chief Operating Officer for Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust, a service provider for whānau across the West Auckland community, offering a one stop service for health, social, justice and education. Ms Tamihere is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency.

Ms Tamihere entered the health sector as a speech language therapist and went on to work in the Ministry of Health to develop performance measures for the newly established Area Health Boards. She worked in DPMC to support the transition of Area Health Boards to Crown Health Enterprises and worked with the Northern Regional Health Authority to support the implementation of the reforms.

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