Te Ropu Poa

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Te Rino, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu

Ko te kaingākau a te kaiārahitanga

Leadership and commitment

That is what Te Ropu Poa is all about. Te Ropu leads Te Hau Ora o Ngāpuhi, the health provider arm for the largest iwi in the country. She is involved in a number of innovative initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi.  She operates under the following mantra:

Mauri tū, mauri ora

An active soul is a healthy soul

This is reflected in the following ABCs of leadership:


Te Ropu's hard-work, dedication, and long-term focus are the hallmark of her authentic leadership. Leaders like Te Ropu stay true to the things that make them unique and tirelessly move towards their goals despite outside pressures to change or conform.


Most people go out of their way to avoid confrontation for fear of an argument, but not Te Ropu! She knows know how to approach others in an upfront and honest way to address concerns.  Stopping a problem earlier on means she saves a huge amount of time (not to mention headaches) versus leaving it unresolved.


To get the best from others and build personal capability, Te Ropu works to understand people's motivations and aspirations – she is positive, generous and open-minded. It is best summed up in the following proverb:

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

Te Ropu is one of those leaders that genuinely try to understand what people really want, in order to help them better perform and progress towards their goals.

Profile By

Pam Armstrong

He Rangatira Our Leaders

Boudine Brown

Waitaha, Kāi Tahu

Becoming a doctor has always been Boudine's dream, and the chance to give back to her community drives her. Her journey has been made possible through the support of her whānau and generous scholarships.

Kirimatao Paipa

Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tukorehe

Kirimatao Paipa has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills from her decades of work as a family violence practitioner, Kaupapa Māori researcher, and evaluator.

Dr Rees Tapsell

Ngāti Whakaue, Raukawa

Dr. Rees Tapsell has been involved in developing several Māori specific approaches to the provision of mental health care for Māori in both government and NGO settings for more than 30 years.

Boyd Broughton

Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Ngāti Porou - Born in Auckland, raised in Hokianga

Since 2003, when Boyd Broughton began his career in health with Hāpai te Hauora, he has supported te ao Māori within health services through various roles in NGOs, government agencies, tertiary institutions, local councils, Marae Committees, and other community groups.