July 2022

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Tui Ora was established in 1998 as a provider of hauora and social services for North Taranaki. From humble origins, and a workforce of four, the organisation has grown to become the largest community-based health and social services provider in the region offering some 35 services and programmes and employing 180 kaimahi.

 Hayden Wano has served as Chief Executive from Tui Ora’s inception. For the past 24 years he has worked with passion, vision and dedication to bring together iwi, whānau, health providers and the Taranaki District Health Board to deliver better and more equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Hayden has decided now is a good time for him to step down from his role creating an opportunity for a new leader to propel Tui Ora into the future.  

 Tui Ora has recently embarked upon a significant programme of work to reset its strategy aligning the organisation to fully capture the changes of the Government’s health reforms and the creation of the Māori Health Authority. Hayden has been instrumental in leading this kaupapa and the resulting strategy Toka Te Manawa Ora – the Tui Ora strategy to 2040 has now been approved and signed off by the Board. With the implementation of the new strategy now underway at Tui Ora Hayden is confident that the organisation is well positioned and heading in the right direction at this crucial time in Māori health.

 The search for Hayden’s successor will commence later this month with the intention of making an appointment by the end of 2022. Hayden has committed to making himself available to assist in the transition process before his final exit early in the new year. Hayden will continue his work as the Chair of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

 The recruitment process is being directly overseen by Board Chairman Wayne Mulligan with support from Board members, Hayden and his Deputy Chief Executives.

Commenting on the transition Wayne said: “We are committed to a fair and transparent process to appoint a new Chief Executive and we are confident the role will attract a number of high calibre candidates from across the motu. In order for us to enable a smooth transition we have allowed ourselves several months to identify the strongest candidates and for the successful person to spend time with Hayden ahead of his departure.

 “We have been privileged to enjoy the benefits of Hayden’s vision and commitment to improving the health of whānau in Taranaki for more than two decades. Hayden has worked tirelessly to advocate for change, to raise the equity bar for our people and to promote a Whānau Ora approach to how we fund, develop and deliver services to our communities. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Hayden and to wish him well in his future endeavours.”


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