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Tania Thomas – Manawhakahaere (CEO)

E nga iwi, e nga karangatanga te iti me te rahi, tena koutou, tena tatou. No Kaitaia ahau Ko Kotipu te maunga Ko Mamaru te waka Ko Mangataiore te awa Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi Ko Mangataiore toku marae Ko Tania Thomas toku ingoa Tania started her career as a rehabilitation specialist working in the field of vision impairment in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has extensive leadership experience in the disability sector; previous roles include managing rehabilitation services, social services and corporate services in the not-for-profit sector and public sectors. Tania’s most recent role was as Director of the Centre for Family and Whanau Knowledge in the Social Policy Research and Research Unit (SuPERU)/Families Commission. Her role prior to that was Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner. Tania holds governance roles within her own Iwi authority and her marae. Tania holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Auckland. Tania is an advocate for kaupapa Maori and the rights of people with disabilities. Maori cultural values encourage holistic wellbeing in a caring and supportive environment using a whanau lens. Te Roopu Taurima’s approach offers a choice to people with impairments, both Maori and non-Maori; it is inclusive of people from all ethnicities and backgrounds. Under Tania’s leadership the future for Te Roopu Taurima includes:

  • Mokopuna being at the centre of all that Te Roopu Taurima does
  • Regular opportunities for mokopuna and their whanau to contribute to service planning and delivery
  • Making it easy for mokopuna and their whanau to raise any concerns or suggestions to make their lives better
  • Fostering and demonstrating values of manaakitanga, respect, professionalism, kindness and honesty
  • A zero harm culture
  • Tikanga and te reo Maori integrated into all that Te Roopu Taurima does
  • Competent kaimahi who consistently demonstrate high standards of practice
  • Systems and processes in place that support kaimahi to do a great job
  • A range of quality services that offer Maori and non-Maori choices to live good lives
  • Working collaboratively with the community and others to support the work of Te Roopu Taurima.