Tane Cassidy


Tane Cassidy has worked in health marketing, funding, and policy development. His leadership is focused on improving health and wellbeing with Iwi, communities, and whānau.

Tane has collaborated with various government and non-government organisations, Iwi, private businesses, community groups, and the health sector. Throughout his mahi, he prioritises whānau, whakapapa, and rangatiratanga. He ensures that leadership in health and wellbeing is grounded in te ao Māori. Accessing mental health support services is challenging for Māori, Pasifika people, and those living in rural areas. Tane contributes to ensuring the availability of effective, timely, and appropriate services. He also emphasises the importance of cultural knowledge in providing Māori treatments.

Tane was also involved in creating a Te Tiriti-centred programme at Te Hiringa Hauora that promotes innovative thinking and diversity among staff to support the appropriate delivery of services—this initiative aimed to foster sustainable Māori leadership and knowledge for the future of healthcare.

Currently, Tane is the Deputy Chief Executive for Prevention and Partnerships at ACC. In this role, he drives the injury prevention strategy and leads ACC's partnerships across the health sector and business community.

In 2021, he won the e-Mental Health International Collaborative Leadership Excellence International Award. References for this award mentioned his immense energy, creative thinking, and courage in enabling people. They value his ability to utilise traditional and new knowledge to create innovative solutions that address external factors in healthcare, many of which involve digital formats.

Tane holds a Bachelor's in Human Nutrition and Physical Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago.

Additional Links:

ACC appoints Deputy Chief Executive Prevention & Partnerships


HPA's new Chief Executive announced

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Dr Heather Gifford

Ngāti Hauiti, Te Atihaunui ā Papārangi

What is leadership, and how is it manifest in this competitive world? The challenge to write about Māori leaders is timely.

Tracey Potiki


Tracey Potiki is an experienced project manager and a dedicated advocate for whānau experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) harm. Over the course of more than 20 years, she has tirelessly worked to bring about positive changes and influence better care pathways for whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Kirsty Maxwell-Crawford

Tapuika; Ngāi Tai

Kirsty has worked in Māori health service delivery and national workforce development for over 20 years. 

Kim Dougall

Ngāti Kahungunu

She has spent the last 30 years working in the health and disability sector, specialising in mental health, addiction, and public health, covering clinical and leadership roles.