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Management Team

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Our team has a great attitude when it comes to tackling any challenge. We offer and deliver a high degree of management flexibility and office efficiency in our delivery of quality programmes and support services.

We pride ourselves on our ability to build positive and trusting relationships with both our partner providers and partner suppliers.

Pat Cook

Chief Executive Officer – Ngāi Te Rangi & Ngāti Ranginui

Educated at Katikati Primary and Katikati College and finishing at Tokoroa High School.

Pat has a professional background as a Registered Nurse and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree. Pat has held Clinical Nurse Manager and Nurse Leader positions at Tauranga Hospital while employed with Te Puna Hauora Māori Health Services and later with Regional Māori Health.

She gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Māori Health, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science and a Masters of Health Practice in Māori Health. In 2011 Pat was seconded to the General Manager role at Te Manu Toroa and formally secured the role in April 2012.

Pat is a Board Member on another Māori trust and a member of the NMOPHO Clinical Governance group.

Phillip Hikairo

Chief Māori Relations Manager – Ngāti Ranginui

Ko Mauao te Maunga

Tauranga te Moana

Ngāti Ranginui te Iwi

Ngāti Kahu te Hapū

Ko Piripi Hikairo tōku ingoa.

Board Members

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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 strong and sound 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 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.

Punohu McCausland

Waitaha / Tapuika / Te Arawa

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
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