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Te Hiringa Hauora Board

Te Hiringa Hauora is governed by a board appointed by Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Associate Minister of Health.

Jenny Black, Chair

Jenny Black has extensive health sector governance experience. She currently serves as the Chair of DHB Chairs and chairs the DHB executive's committee. She is also the Chair of the Nelson Marlborough and West Coast DHBs. She has also worked as a clinical dietician. 

Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whātua, Waikato, Ngāti Toa)

Mataroria is a public health doctor, Equity Lead at Mahitahi Hauora PHO, and a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland. His research field is in performance measurement of healthcare systems, and his PhD is focused in medical education. He completed his Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017. 

Mataroria is a member of the Northland District Health Board, an advisory group member for Aktive Sport Auckland, and serves on the steering committee for the Ministry of Health Primary Care Models of Care Research Partnership. He is also a member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission Patient Experience of Care Governance Group.  

Dr Teuila Percival

Dr Teuila Percival is a Consultant Paediatrician at KidzFirst Children’s Hospital & Middlemore Hospital, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Population Health at Auckland University. She has worked as a consultant paediatrician for 25 years, and is a current member of the World Health Organisation Emergency Medical Teams. She has a specific interest in Pacific people’s health, evidenced through her roles as the Deputy Chair on the Pacific Panel for Oranga Tamariki, and as the Director of the Pacifika Medical Association.

Karaitiana Tickell (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa)

Karaitiana lives in Ōtautahi/Christchurch with his whanau, he has a background in psychotherapy and Māori Health care. Karaitiana has extensive experience in governance and health service delivery regionally and nationally and is currently supporting various boards and groups. Karaitiana has been involved in the NGO health and disability sector for more than 20 years. Karaitiana is currently the Kaiwhakahaere of Purapura Whetu Trust.

Mafi Funaki-Tahifote

Mafi Funaki-Tahifote has extensive experience in the health field, having worked for the New Zealand Heart Foundation since 1998. Within this organisation she has held dietetic and managerial roles. Ms Funaki-Tahifote also has considerable governance experience, currently holding the positions of Chair on the Board for Agencies for Nutrition Action and Co-Chair to the Pacific Island Food and Nutrition Action Group. She has also worked with Te Hiringa Hauora previously, in her role as a member of the Pacific Advisory Group.

Professor Boyd Swinburn

Professor Boyd Swinburn is a lecturer at both Deakin University (Melbourne) and Auckland University, and has worked in the academic and research fields for nearly 30 years. He has governance experience as the Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity, Co-Chair of the Policy and Prevention Group of World Obesity, President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society, and as the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity.