Lindsay MacLeod was one of the longest serving members of the Tui Ora Board from 1999 to 2011.
Highly regarded throughout North Taranaki, he had a special way of bridging the gap between Māori and Pākehā at times of conflict.
“He had a great rapport with people and a willingness to help others. He believed the concept of Tui Ora as a kaupapa Māori organisation was one that could help not only Māori people but all people,” says his widow Marion MacLeod. “He felt proud to be part of the concept and ideals of Tui Ora.”
His own experience at Taranaki Base Hospital deepened his desire to help others overcome prejudice, as did the poor health of some of his relatives who suffered from diabetes and heart problems.
Born to John (Jack) McLeod and Poroaki Watson, Lindsay spent his childhood at Parihaka with his Koro and Kuia before boarding at St Bede’s Catholic College in Christchurch where he quickly adapted to the communal environment, thrived on challenges and took on leadership roles which may have reflected close links to Tohu and Te Whiti and their teachings.
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