Ānei tō mātou poari
Te Manu Toroa is governed by a strong and diverse board of trustees. Their experience within their chosen professions is unequalled and provides strong and sound governance.
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 early years being educated at the local convent school in Te Puna then went on to Otumoetai 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 Service Unit. 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.
Waitaha Hauoranga Trust Board – Chair
Waitaha Hauoranga Trust – Voluntary Co-ordinator
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 Maori Health Runanga, Representative
Bay of Plenty Māori Health Runanga – Chair
Midland DHB Iwi Relationship Board – Chair
DHB DSAC / CPHAC – Member
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.
Summary of career pathway:
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 in Basketball – Auckland, Wellington
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