Te Aka Matua Chief Executive

Riana Manuel Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu

A skilled, strategic, and visionary leader within the Māori and health sectors, with extensive experience leading kaupapa Māori organisations, Riana Manuel is the first to lead Te Aka Whai Ora as it works to improve the health outcomes of Māori.

Before joining Te Aka Whai Ora, Riana was Chief Executive of Hauraki Primary Health Organisation and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. From Manaia in Pare Hauraki, Riana is a registered nurse practitioner and enjoys a career that sees her work across many different parts of the health sector.

Our leadership team
Maiaka Mātauranga DCE Mātauranga Māori

Kingi Kiriona Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa

Maiaka Aroturuki DCE Monitoring

Wikitōria Werohia Tūhourangi Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngai Te Rangi me Ngāti Ranginui

Maiaka Hapori DCE Public and Population Health

Selah Hart Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Ra To, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa

Maiaka Tau Piringa DCE Service Development

Jade Sewell Ngāti Maru, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou

Maiaka Pūnaha, Rautaki me te Kaupapahere DCE Systems Strategy and Policy

Juanita Te Kani Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga

Maiaka Tahua DCE Finance and Support

Merewaakana Kingi Ngāti Awa, Ngāitai

Maiaka Tōakiaki DCE Governance and Advisory Services

Craig Owen

Maiaka Whakaruruhau Tikanga, Chief of Tikanga Te Aka Whai Ora and Te Whatu Ora

Mahaki Albert Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Waikato-Tainui

Pou Taki Regional Directors

Te Tai Tokerau 
Tracee Te Huia Ngāpuhi

Te Manawa Taki
Stewart Ngatai Ngāti Mākino, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Awa, Te Patuwai

Te Ikaroa
Patrick Le Geyt Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa

Te Waipounamu
Mata Cherrington Ngāti Hine, Te Kapotai, Ngāpuhi-Nui-Tonu, Ngāi Pakeha

Akatū Aki Hauora Matua Chief Officers

Medical
Rawiri McKree Jansen Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Hinerangi

Nursing
Nadine Gray Te Whakatōhea

Midwifery
Heather Muriwai Tangahoe, Ngāti Ruanui

Allied Health
Carlton Irving Te Whakatōhea, Te Ūpokorehe

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