Leilani Maraku

Ngāti Raukawa

Leilani Maraku develops and delivers Kaupapa Māori Mental Health & Addiction peer support services throughout the Manawatū region for adults, youth, and their whānau.

She possesses a strong drive and passion to work in this field and ensures that shifts in the health sector align with the well-being needs of Māori. Additionally, she works diligently to ensure that the voices of Tangata whaiora and their whānau are heard and included in shaping the future of healthcare.

Currently, Leilani serves as the Pou Whakahaere Manager for Te Kete Pounamu and the Manukura Chief Executive for Mana o te Tangata Trust, a Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and Addiction Peer Support Service in the Manawatu and Horowhenua Districts.

In her previous role as the team leader for Peer Support and Addictions in Te Ūpoko, she focused on drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental health challenges within the community and among inmates at Manawatu Prison. Her approach emphasises walking alongside individuals, providing them with tools and resources rather than dictating what they should do.


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Leaders determined to make a difference

A mental health and addiction service is based in the Manawatu region.

Te Apārangi: Māori Partnership Alliance membership

Mana o Te Tangata Trust

Te Kete Pounamu

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Professor Rawinia Higgins has dedicated many years of service as one of the country's leading experts on Māori language revitalisation, specialising in Language Planning and Policy. She leads and develops many initiatives that provide better outcomes and opportunities for Māori.

Carlton Irving

Te Whakatōhea and Te Ūpokorehe

Carlton Irving has worked in paramedicine, emergency management, and advisory roles with the goal of creating better health support for Māori.

Charlizza Matehe

Ngāti Kahungunu

Charlizza Matehe utilises her creative and artistic abilities to facilitate challenging conversations around mental health with young people.

Wayne Blisset


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