An independent panel has been appointed to review Whānau Ora. The intention of the review is to ensure that Whānau Ora is providing better outcomes in the community to respond to the diverse needs of whānau and families.

Members of the independent review panel for Whānau Ora, from left to right: Te Rau Kupenga; Brenda Steele; Kim Ngarimu; Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Peeni Henare; Caren Rangi (Chair); Donna Matahaere-Atariki; Tania Hodges.

The purpose of the review of Whānau Ora is to:

  • Assess the ability of the Whānau Ora commissioning approach to effect sustainable change in the wellbeing and development potential of whānau;
  • Scope the applicability of a whānau-centred approach as a useful exemplar for improving outcomes for whānau across the government with an emphasis on the social sector; and
  • explore the extent to which the Whānau Ora service delivery model and commissioning approach is accountable and transparent in the achievement of outcomes for whānau.

The Review Panel will also make recommendations in relation to the:

  • wider service delivery and operational environment within which Whānau Ora operates;
  • achievement, accountability and transparency of measurable outcomes;
  • best practice monitoring and evaluation arrangements; and
  • efficacy of the overall Whānau Ora system, as it operates at national, regional, and local levels.

Introducing the Whānau Ora Review Panel

An Independent Panel of six people has been established to undertake the review – Caren Rangi is the Chair, with members Tania Lee Hodges, Te Raumawhitu Kupenga, Donna Matahaere-Atariki, Mereana Kim Ngarimu and Brenda Steele.

Caren Rangi

Caren Rangi is of Cook Islands Maori descent, from the islands of Rakahanga, Rarotonga and Aitutaki. She is a qualified accountant and governance practitioner, is the principal consultant for Ei Mua Consulting Ltd, her own company established in August 2008.

Caren’s skills and experience are in governance, auditing, facilitation and strategic planning. Her career includes roles in the Office of the Auditor-General, and senior consulting roles in the private sector. Since 2002, Caren has sat on various boards for government and the community, in New Zealand and in the Cook Islands.

Caren is currently a Member of the Charities Registration Board, Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand, Deputy Chair of Eastern and Central Community Trust, Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation and a trustee of the Pacific Island Homecare Services Trust. She is also a Director of Pacific Co-operation Broadcasting Ltd.

Caren holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) since 1993, and was conferred as a Fellow in 2015.

Tania Hodges

Tania has iwi affiliations to Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Tania is the Managing Director of Digital Indigenous with extensive experience in funding, contracting, strategy, change management, Māori and Iwi relationships, leadership, workforce and community development.

Tania holds several governance roles including a Ministerial Appointment to the Waikato District Health Board; Deputy Chair of Ngāti Pāhauwera Development and Tiaki Trusts; Director on the Ngāti Pāhauwera Commercial Development Limited.

Tania’s previous experience with Whānau Ora was as co-chair of the Waikato Whānau Ora Regional Leadership Group during Phase One of Whānau Ora.

Tania has completed an MBA (with Distinction), BSocSci, Grad Dip Mgmt. St, PGCBR and Grad Dip (Te Reo Māori) to compliment her Registered Psychiatric Nursing qualification (RPN).

Tania holds current NZ Masters records in Indoor rowing, athletics and weightlifting. Tania is passionate about making a positive difference and strives for excellence in everything she does. “A social cultural conscience with a business edge.”

Te Raumawhitu Kupenga

Te Rau belongs to Ngāti Porou, and hails from Ruatoria. Te Rau is the principal of Te Amokura Consultants, a ‘Maori Policy Shop’ in Wellington, providing strategic and specialist advice to iwi, as well as private and public sector clients.

Te Rau has a legal background, having worked previously as a lawyer specialising in litigation, as well as holding senior solicitor positions in a commercial law firm in Wellington and with the Maori Trust Office.

Te Rau has held senior leadership roles in the Public Sector, including Deputy Secretary for the Environment, at the Ministry for the Environment, and as part of the Senior Leadership Team at the Ministry of Education, and has a strong understanding of the machinery of government, as well as the state sector system more broadly.

Donna Matahaere-Atariki

Donna was born in Tuatapere and is Ngāi Tahu, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru and Ngā Ruahine. She has a background in education, health and social services both at a community and public sector level.

Donna is a Ministerial appointee to the University of Otago Council, a trustee at Well Dunedin Primary Health Network, a Gambling Commissioner, Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ōtakou, and a founding trustee of the Dunedin-based integrated health, education and social services provider Te Kāika.

In the 2018 New Years’ Honours, Donna was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Māori and health.

Kim Ngarimu

Kim is of Ngāti Porou descent, and resides in Gisborne. Kim is director and principal consultant of Tāua Ltd, a consulting company specialising in public policy and public management advice. Alongside her consulting business, Kim holds a portfolio of board directorships in the health, education, heritage, broadcasting and Treaty sectors.

Kim has a well-developed understanding of Whānau Ora having had policy oversight of its early stage, and subsequent policy involvement, when she was Deputy Secretary at Te Puni Kōkiri.

Kim is a previous senior public servant, having held the position of Deputy Secretary, Policy at Te Puni Kōkiri for 7 years, Acting Chief Executive of the then Ministry of Women’s Affairs on a secondment basis, and Acting Director of the Waitangi Tribunal. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.

Brenda Steele

Brenda Steele is of Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Whātua descent, and is currently on the Auckland Council as the elected member for the Rodney Local Board, a role she has had since 2010. In this role, she is currently a member of the Kaipara Harbour Joint Political Committee and Deputy Chair of Te Poari o Kaipātiki ki Kaipara (Parakai Recreation Reserve) Board.

Brenda is also a trustee on the Whiti Ora o Kaipara Charitable Trust, the charitable subsidiary of Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, the post settlement governance entity of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.

Brenda is deeply involved in her community and brings to the panel expertise and experience in local government and community mobilisation.

Timeframe for Review

The Review Panel has been given a six month period to conduct the Review beginning in April and concluding in September 2018. The Panel will deliver a report on their findings to the Minister in early November 2018. The Minister is expected report back to Cabinet in December 2018.

Have Your Say

The Review Panel will develop the methodology and approach for the review. There will be ample opportunity for those with an interest in Whānau Ora and its future development to have a say. More information will be made available on the Te Puni Kōkiri website at the appropriate time.

Terms of Reference

Read the Whānau Ora Terms of Reference here

Whānau Ora Review Cabinet Papers

Read the Whānau Ora Review Cab Paper here

Read the Whānau Ora Review Cab Minute here


Read Frequently asked questions here

Press Releases

Whanau Ora Review panel announced - 10 April 2018

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