September 2019

Media release 12 September 2019

Hayden Wano appointed to national Mental Health and Wellbeing role

The Tui Ora Board fully endorses the announcement that Tui Ora CEO Hayden Wano has been appointed today to a vital national role in the area of mental health and wellbeing.

This afternoon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the setting up of a new initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission with Hayden Wano named as Chairman.

The initial Commission will be in place from November 2019 until February 2021, depending on the legislative timeframes for the permanent Commission.

Tui Ora Board Chairman Wayne Mulligan said: “The Tui Ora Board supports Hayden’s decision to take up this role and believes it will strengthen the position of Tui Ora, wider Taranaki as well as ensure a regional kaupapa Māori voice at Government level.”

He said Mr Wano has over 30 years’ experience in senior management and over 40 years’ health sector experience including mental health, community services and medical services.

“We believe Hayden will be an asset in this high-profile role – and we are looking forward to him adding insight to our organisation as we also develop and explore the broad determinants of wellbeing including mental health, social services and economic sustainability.”

Mr Wano will continue as CEO of Tui Ora and is currently working through a process with the Board to ensure that there is appropriate support in place.

He said the Government’s step was a bold one and he wanted to commend the Prime Minister and Minister of Health for demonstrating strong leadership and for the vision of embracing a wellbeing approach.

“For those of us working in this field we have known for some time that we can do much better for whānau and for New Zealanders as a whole.”

Mr Wano said the brief was wide-ranging and included engagement with key agencies, the primary care sector, non-government organisations, kaupapa Māori providers, whānau, Pacific Peoples and people with lived experience.

“It is going to be critical that leadership is demonstrated at all levels and that this leadership and commitment is sustained over time. The whānau ora model is a great signpost to provide direction for us to consider.

“I will bring to the role energy, enthusiasm and drive. I bring a broad range of experiences to the role and I have a particular passion for grassroots kaupapa Māori services. I look forwarding to working alongside my fellow board members."

The other members of the Commission are Dr Julie Wharewera-Mika, Kevin Hague, Kelly Pope and Kendall Flutey.

The role of the Commission is to:

  • provide independent scrutiny of the Government’s progress in improving New Zealand’s mental health and wellbeing
  • promote collaboration between entities that contribute to mental health and wellbeing
  • develop advice for the permanent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission that will enable the permanent Commission to make swift progress once it has been established

The Commission is in its early stages with details to be finalised, however Mr Mulligan said the board and senior leadership will keep Tui Ora stakeholders informed as appropriate.

Further notes for media

Find further information about the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission link)

For further details contact:

Tui Ora Board Chair Wayne Mulligan [email protected] or 027 472 5838

Tui Ora Senior Communications Advisor Sarah Foy [email protected] or 027 351 6803

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