Hon Dame Tairana Turia
Dame Tariana, of Ngati Apa, Nga Wairiki, Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, and Whanganui, has been a champion of rangatiratanga (self-determination) for Maori as well as advocating strongly for disabled persons and Pasifika communities.
Before entering politics, Dame Tariana was the Chief Executive of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority. Hon Dame Tariana Turia was a New Zealand Member of Parliament from 1996 until 2014. She was Minister for Whanau Ora; Disability Issues and the Community and Voluntary Sector. She has also been Associate Minister in Health, Maori Affairs, Social Development, Child, Youth and Family; Housing, Corrections, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
During her significant contribution as a Minister two of her greatest achievements are in Whanau Ora and tobacco reform. Whanau Ora represents a transformation in the way services are designed and delivered, contracts arranged and providers work together. It is a bold and innovative approach which places the aspirations and outcomes for whanau at the centre.
Since leaving Parliament in 2014, former Maori Party leader Dame Tariana has been chair of the Parihaka Settlement Trust, a Pou for the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pou Matakana; and Pou Arahi for the Accident Compensation Corporation, and Assessor for both Te Putahitanga o te Waipounamu and Tipu Ora. In December 2016, Hon Dame Tariana Turia was appointed to the Board of the Whanganui District Health Board. She is an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners and is on the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board. She has received the Luther Terry Award for outstanding leadership and tobacco reform (American Cancer Society, 2015); been made a Life-member of CCS Disability Action and is the first Maori woman to receive the highest leadership award of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, the Blake medal