Hayden Wano, chief executive of Tui Ora, has been announced as the Chair of the inaugural Board for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.
Last week (9 February 2021), Mr Wano and the board were welcomed on to Pipitea Marae in Wellington. The pōwhiri marked the official opening day of the Commission.
The event was attended by the Minister of Health, Hon Andrew Little, and Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, along with senior officeholders from the Ministry of Health.
Mr Wano is excited about his new role and the positive impact the Commission will make in communities around Aotearoa.
“Leadership at all levels is important and we will work hard for whānau and for all people in Aotearoa. I am looking forward to this challenge and utilising my broad range of experiences in the role,” Wano said.
Wayne Mulligan, chair of Tui Ora, congratulated Mr Wano on his appointment.
“Hayden brings not only his professional health, business and governance skills, but equally a deep empathy for whānau and individuals seeking care, and his first-hand experience and support of health service professionals. Aotearoa will be well-served. Māori can be proud and, on behalf of all iwi of Taranaki, we are extremely honoured to see Hayden lead this important organisation,” Wayne said.
Sunny Collings, Alexander El Amanni, Kevin Hague, Taimi Allen, and Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath were also selected as board members of the Commission.