Kaupapa Maori Health Care Services

in the Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Our Board

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Te Manu Toroa is governed by a strong and diverse board of trustees.

Their experience within their chosen professions is unequalled and provides sound and strong governance.

Janice Kuka

Chairperson - Ngāi Te Rangi / Ngāti Ranginui

Janice Kuka is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent and has been the managing director of Ngā Mataapuna Oranga since 2010.   She spent her earlier years being educated at the local convent school in Te Puna then went on to Ōtūmoetai College.

Janice has a professional background in Social Work and Community development.  She gained her formal qualifications in later years through Massey University whilst working as a Medical Social Worker at Tauranga hospital.  During this period Janice was seconded to set up a Kaupapa Māori Services Unit across secondary.  This Unit provided Māori specific services within the hospital as well as follow up services in the community.

The development of hapū and community health has always been a strong interest for Janice and over the years has actively remained committed to this transformation process.  

Janice is a Board member of a number of Community and Hauora Trusts both locally and regionally.

Punohu McCausland

Waitaha/ Tapuika / Te Arawa

Waitaha Hauoranga Trust Board, Chair
Waitaha Hauoranga Trust, Voluntary Coordinator
Ngā Mataapuna Oranga, Board Member
Te Manu Toroa, Board Member
Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai, Chair
Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Ex-officio Māori Health Rūnanga, Representaive
Bay of Plenty Māori Health Rūnanga, Chair
Midland DHB Iwi Relationship Board, Chair
BOP DHB Ethics Committee, Member
Hei Marae Committee, Chair

Te Puke High School, Kaunihera Māori

Punohu was nurtured through life by her tūpuna kuia, koroua and koeke.  Growing up, Te Reo Māori was the language of communication and the tikanga of the whānau, the marae, the hapū and the iwi remain a guiding influence today.

Punohu chose an education pathway, one as a directive from the old people and two, because it offered the best opportunity to pursue her greatest passion, sport.

• 25 years’ experience in teaching
• 3 years Advisor Māori and Island Education Department
• 3 years Ministry of Education Liaison Officer
• 2-3 years NZQA Assessment Officer
• 9 years Te Ranga Kura Teacher Training, Tauranga
• Bachelor of Māori Studies

• Provincial Representative, Auckland, Wellington in Basketball
• A Grade and NZ ranked Squash Player
• Establishing the Waitaha Hauoranga Trust and Waitaha Health Centre
• A lead negotiator for the Waitaha Treaty of Waitangi Settlement

Bev Flavell

Ngāi Te Rangi

Ngā Mataapuna Oranga - Chairperson
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tamawhariua Management Committee
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tamawhairua, Trustee
Te Rereatukahia Kōhanga Reo, Chair

Bev Flavell is Ngāi Te Rangi, raised in the hapū of Ngāi Tamawhariua puta noa ki Te Rereatukahia.

The eldest grandchild of Tamehana Te Weti of Waikato and Te Moengaroa Tukaki Ngarae Johnson of Matakana.
Bev left Katikati and lived in Thames for 18 years.  Her health Career began with Tangata Whenua, led by Toko Renata from Manaia.

That relationship led to her acceptance in numerous local and National Māori initiatives.
She returned home in 1990 ready to work with progressive Māori.

These were to be:
• Rūnanga Ngāitamawhariua
• Whaioranga Trust
• Te Puna Hauora
• Te Whānau Poutirirangi ora a papa

Those foundation groups are to date her driving force.

Current commitments include:
• Member - Te Rereatukahia Marae Komiti
• Trustee member – Rūnanga Ngāi Tamawhariua
• Trustee member – Te Manu Toroa
• Chairman – Ngā Mataapuna Oranga