Our People

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.

Michelle Murray

Board of Trustee – He uri tēnei nō Whakatōhea me Tūhoe

Ko Mataatua te Waka
Ko Mākeo me Maungapohatu ōku Maunga
Ko Waiaua me Ōhinemataroa ōku Awa
Ko Ngāti Patu Moana me Mahurehure ōku Hapū
Ko Michelle Murray tōku ingoa.

Michelle Murray is the Executive Manager Future Healthy Groups for Victoria Health Promotion Foundation in Melbourne, prior to this she was the Chief Executive Māori and Equity (Te Tumu Pae Ora) for ACC; the Chief Executive of two Primary Health Organisations, Hauraki PHO, and Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance; a Planning, Strategy and Funding Portfolio Manager for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and held a variety of management roles for Te Manu Toroa.

Michelle has an MBA with distinction and is currently finishing her doctorate on ‘Moving beyond institutional racism within primary healthcare’ with the Auckland University of Technology.

Michelle was born and raised in Kawerau before moving to Auckland, England and then settling in Tauranga for the last 23 years. Michelle is passionate about supporting our people to thrive!

Denise Kingi

Board of Trustee – Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto