Te Puea Winiata

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāi Tamarāwaho, Tūhoe, Tainui

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitahi - My success is not the success of me alone, but the success of many

Te Puea Winiata is an influential Māori woman whose leadership gives hope and inspiration for us all to improve, advocate and promote Māori health and well-being. Her wisdom, knowledge and passion permeates all her professional and personal roles and responsibilities.

Te Puea, as Chief Executive of Turuki Health Care, a Māori health provider in South Auckland, recognises that health outcomes cannot be achieved in health alone and need to include housing, employment and education. This led to initiatives like working in schools to prevent rheumatic fever and creating access for whānau to general practitioners or primary care. Te Puea acknowledges collaboration and partnerships are required to achieve health outcomes. Another initiative was a partnership with a tertiary institute providing clinics on campus for Māori.

Te Puea is Chair of the Board of Directors for Te Rau Ora, a National Maori Health Workforce Development Organisation, providing leadership, strategic vision and direction for Māori health and its workforce.

In 2015, Te Puea was put on the world stage representing Māoridom in the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – Seventh Gathering3 in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. As a Māori woman leader, her grace and demure were admired by Indigenous leaders from across the globe.

Like many modern Māori leaders, Te Puea’s obligation is also to support, inspire and influence her whānau, hapū and iwi. Her whānau raised Te Puea with a strong upbringing in te reo me ona tikanga Māori. Te Puea continues to embrace her cultural values and beliefs and applies these to a leadership style that encapsulates characteristics of her tipuna and rangatira.

Te Puea Winiata is a rangatira who is visionary and intelligent and expresses empathy and integrity in everything she does. This legacy is renowned by her colleagues and one that her whānau, hapū and iwi can be proud of. I am honoured and privileged to know and say that she is a leader who I aspire to be.

Te Puea would humbly say that her successes in her professional and personal lives are not hers alone but are attributed to her whānau, tipuna, mentors and leaders who have influenced her life.

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Ellen Norman 2017

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Louise Ihimaera

Whānau-ā-Kai, Ngāti Kahungungu, Whakatohea, Ngāti Porou

Passionate about quality Māori mental health and addiction services, innovative workforce programmes, solutions-focused and absolutely determined are the words that first come to mind about Louise. 

Phyllis Tangitu

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua

It is my pleasure to write in support of one of the most thoughtful, kind leaders that I met in my working life.

John Whaanga

Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine

John Whaanga is of Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine descent. He is known for his work in Māori health, Māori education, and iwi development.

Dr Jacquie Kidd


Jacquie is more of a quiet leader who usually prefers not to be ‘front and centre’. She was brought up in a mostly Pākehā environment but had a strong bond with her Ngāpuhi kuia (grandmother), Tirohia Amy.