Two new directors have been appointed to the Tui Ora Board, following an appointment process carried out by the organisation's shareholder, Te Tuituia Trust.
Tui Ora Board Chair Wayne Mulligan says he is thrilled to welcome two wāhine toa to the existing board, Justine Gilliland and Bronwyn Puata-Koroheke (Ngāti Maru, Te Atiawa).
Justine is the outgoing CEO of Venture Taranaki and a director of Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research, Economic Development New Zealand, and AGMARDT (Agricultural Marketing, Research and Development Trust).
Prior to joining Venture Taranaki, Justine was Deputy Director-General, Sector Partnerships and Programmes, at the Ministry for Primary Industries, and has held several other senior management roles across the public service in innovation, strategy, communications, policy and operations, including as Executive Director of the Royal commission of inquiry into the Canterbury earthquakes' building failures.
Justine is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (UK) and a member of Global Women and the NZ Institute of Directors.
Bronwyn is a chartered accountant and currently theFinance Operations Manager for the Toimata Foundation - a charitable trust focused on creative sustainability. She is a former Chief Financial Officer of Māori Television and Te Wananga o Aotearoa and has extensive experience in Māori Economic Development at a regional and national level.
Bronwyn spent three years as the Financial Accounting Manager for Hamilton City Council and has worked in the health, energy, education and fisheries sectors in both the public and private sector.
Bronwyn holds several governance roles with the Ministry for the Environment, the Forestry Emissions Unit Trust, Waipa District Council, Hapai Iwi Collective (housing, development and commercial) and for her own iwi Ngāti Maru where she is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Tui Ora board chair Wayne Mulligan says, "Justine and Bronwyn will play a central role with the other directors as Tui Ora navigates helping our whānau to build resilience for the impacts of Covid-19 and of climate change. The global pandemic is unprecedented in modern times and how we respond to it now will lay the foundations for stronger generations of Māori to come.
"We are extremely pleased to have two new directors with such extensive governance and management expertise but who also two women whose roots lie in Taranaki and who both have a very personal interest in the success of Tui Ora and our region."
The board acknowledges the outstanding service provided by retiring board member Liana Poutu who has been a director since 2012, joining the organisation at a time of significant change and growth. She has provided strong cultural and governance leadership and has been a key player in developing our economic and cultural tikanga strategies
Robin Brockie and Pauline Winter were also reappointed for a further three term year. The remaining board members are Wayne Mulligan (chairman), Shelley Kopu (Deputy Chair), Dr. Pieter Pike, Dr. Will Edwards, Hayden Wano as executive director.