Iwi representatives welcomed onto Lakes District Health Board
22/07/2020 3:28:34 p.m.

 Wednesday 22 July 2020

Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi representative to the Lakes District Health Board, Trudy Ake was formally welcomed to the DHB Last week. 

Trudy was accompanied by Tā Tumu Te Heuheu and a delegation from Tūwharetoa as well as family members.
Iwi representatives Aroha Morgan, from Te Roopu Hauora o Te Arawa and Trudy Ake, Ngāti Tūwharetoa were appointed in March 2020 with their first Board meeting on 17 April 2020. 

Trudy Ake has been involved in health for many years including facilitating the development of a Tūwharetoa health strategic plan under the guidance of Sir Hepi Te Heuheu which led to the establishment of Tūwharetoa Health Services. She has links to Ngāti Pikiao and has worked in the Rotorua community before when Lakes was part of the Bay of Plenty Health Board. 

“My practice for 30 years has involved supporting Maori providers and I am very proud of that contribution. I look forward to contributing to the DHB and this community”, says Trudy Ake.
Lakes DHB Board Chair Dr Jim Mather acknowledged the special relationship with Tā Tumu Te Heuheu and the vision and aspirations embodied in ‘Te Kapua Whakapipi’ the Ngāti Tūwharetoa strategic plan. He also reaffirmed the longstanding relationship between Lakes DHB and Te Roopu Hauora o Te Arawa with the appointment of Aroha Morgan. 

Aroha Morgan is from Tuhourangi, Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Tapuika and Waitaha. She has worked in the health sector for over 30 years as a service provider, in planning and funding and at a governance level. She says she is honoured to be assigned the iwi representative role for Te Arawa on the Lakes Board as Chair of Te Roopu Hauora o Te Arawa. 

“This assignment supports the renewed sense of commitment to put in to practice Te Tiriti o Waitangi and address persistent and unacceptable Maori health inequities,” she says. 

Dr Mather says the most important aspect of iwi representation on the Board is to ensure iwi perspectives are discussed and considered as part of overall decision making processes.

“Although there was no statutory responsibility to appoint iwi representatives, the Board unanimously supported this new initiative to ensure the voice of iwi was heard as part of our absolute commitment to strengthening equitable health outcomes for Māori”, Dr Mather says.