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Toi Tangata Appoints New Kaiwhakahaere Matua/CEO

Monday 12 December 2016

Toi Tangata Appoints New Kaiwhakahaere Matua/CEO

Toi Tangata is delighted to announce the appointment of Megan Tunks as its new Kaiwhakahaere Matua/CEO, effective 9 January 2017.

Megan (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea), brings valuable experience to this key role and will take the reins from Callie Corrigan, who has served as interim CEO since the departure of Leonie Matoe in October 2016. Callie will remain within Toi Tangata, continuing on in her role as Kaiarahi Matua/National Programmes Manager.

Announcing Megan’s appointment, chairperson Shane Ngatai says, “the Toi Tangata Board has selected a strong, inclusive leader with an impressive track record in health promotion. We are excited about the opportunities Megan’s appointment will bring and very confident in her ability to lead Toi Tangata as our Kaiwhakahaere Matua.

She has the ability to inspire, energise and connect through her notable networks and relationships within and outside the health sector.”

After an extensive search from a strong field of applicants, Megan impressed the board with her transformational leadership kaupapa during the selection process.
Reflecting on her appointment, Megan says ‘I am looking forward to working with the team at Toi Tangata and building on the gains made by both the staff and the board in inspiring and enabling whānau to improve their physical health and wellbeing.”

Megan joins the team from the Health Promotion Agency, where she has held the role of Senior Advisor Māori for the past three years. This position follows an extensive background in the public health sector having previously worked for the Auckland DHB and Hapai Te Hauora Tapui as well as spending time earlier in her career as a lecturer of the Bachelors of Health Promotion at the School of Health, Auckland University of Technology.

Megan brings a great mix of strong leadership skills and more than 20 years’ experience in the sector as she takes the helm of Toi Tangata. She will be officially welcomed onto the team at a pōwhiri to be held on January 18 at Waipapa Marae, Auckland.

About Toi Tangata
Toi Tangata is a national Māori public health agency which focuses on developing and delivering positive health initiatives to accelerate health outcomes for Māori. They are a team of specialists dedicated to implementing health approaches informed by mātauranga Māori.

As a national public health leader, Toi Tangata acts as key advisors to the Ministry of Health for Māori approaches to public health and physical activity.


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