Jade Sewell

Ngāti Maru, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou

Jade Sewell is a health champion committed to ensuring that relevant and accessible community health care is available to Māori whānau. She has worked in a number of different health areas, from the development of adolescent residential addiction services to social housing initiatives. Authentic relationships are a guiding principle for Jade professionally and personally and challenge her to ensure she always puts whānau at the centre of her approaches.

She has a Bachelor of Science, Statistics, Materials and Processing and Project Management qualifications from Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, The University of Waikato. Jade has also completed the executive Advanced Leadership Programme with Women & Leadership Australia.

Jade is currently a Deputy Chief Executive at Te Aka Whai Ora. Jade works to drive transformation and innovation within the current health system and further embed Te Ao Māori worldview in the fabric of health infrastructure. Within her work, she is committed to developing commissioning processes that guarantee Māori health improvement and works to enable the continued development of hauora approaches to achieve this aspiration.

She joined Te Aka Whai Ora after being at the Waikato District Health Board for five years as an operations director. Jade led a range of hospital and specialist services to deliver acute, planned, and preventative health services to support better outcomes for communities. This also included district leadership support for the COVID-19 response.

In a previous role with Te Rau Ora, Jade contributed to and wrote multiple pieces on projects that better community health and played a key role in establishing the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing – Te Mauri Pimatisiwin in Aotearoa. During her time with Te Rau Ora, Jade was able to work alongside Maori communities nationally to tell their success stories in community development and community-driven hauora.

Jade works to drive transformation and innovation within the current health system so that the hauora aspirations of communities are realised.


He Rangatira Our Leaders

Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Maru

Lance O’Sullivan is and has been my mentor for the past five years. Lance’s best qualities for me as his mentee is his ability to be enthusiastic, passionate and his drive to complete a job.

Kerri Nuku

Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Kahungunu

Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te kōmako e kō?
Kī mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
Māku e kī atu
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata, hī!

Andrew Waa

Ngāti Hine Ngā puhi

Andrew Waa is a public health academic whose research work has focussed on how we can eliminate tobacco-related harm among whānau Māori and achieve a Tupeka Kore vision for Aotearoa.

Pam Armstrong

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi

Pam Armstrong is a tribal leader who is an avid advocate for improving Māori health and eliminating health inequities.