OUR LEADERSHIP

Meet our Board of Trustees

Druis Barrett

CNZM, QSM | Trustee | Māori Women’s Development Inc

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua

Māreikura Druis has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and past chair. Druis was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1996 – 1999 and has extensive experience in Māori education and health. She has been the Commissioner for Training and Employment and the Gisborne Cervical Screening Cases, was a former Trustee of Te Kōhanga National Trust Board and Te Pātaka Ōhanga and has been a member of many National Government health and social groups. She has held many memberships including the Māori Health Group for the Health Research Council. Māreikura Druis has many commitments including sitting on advisory boards for the Ministry of Social Development, Aotearoa Carers networks and a Trustee of Tuhono Māori Registration Services.F

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Oranga Tamariki | Māori Design Group
Tuhono Māori Registration Services | Trustee
MSD | Kāhui Roopu

Dame June Mariu

DNZM, CNZM, QSM, JP

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou

Māreikura, Dame June Mariu has served as a member of the MWDI Board of Trustees since 1990 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1987 – 1990. She has had a long career in education which led to her being a key founder of Te Kotuku Marae offering a second-chance education to the community. She was also involved in delivering the Te Puni Kōkiri He Oranga Whānau programme to support whānau to improve their wellbeing. Dame June has represented Aotearoa in netball and basketball which has laid the foundation for her current role as the National Coordinator for Aotearoa Māori Netball, of the Breast Cancer Foundation and Affinity Housing. In 2012 she was awarded the i nsignia of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Te Whānau o Waipereira | Honorarium Member

Dame Areta Koopu

DNZM, CBE

Ngāti Konohi o Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Kahu

Māreikura, Dame Areta has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 1988 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 1993 – 1996.
As a social worker, a member of the New Zealand Māori Council, Human Rights Commissioner, a member of the Prime Minister’s Review committee, the Waitangi Tribunal and representative to several Government delegations to the United Nations Dame Areta has also been a representative to the Indigenous Declaration of Human Rights, the Economic and Social Summit and the first Women’s World Conference held in Beijing, China in 1995.
Dame Areta was awarded the i nsignia of a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this years’ Queen’s Birthday honours for services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member

Katerina (Kitty) Bennett

MNZM

Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngāti Konohi, Rongowhakaata

Māreikura Katerina has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2002 and was the Māori Women’s Welfare League National President from 2002 – 2005 and has experience in business and innovation, having worked for MBIE for a significant tenure and maintaining interest in consumer issues and education. Katerina is dedicated to her mahi and roles within Aotearoa Māori Netball, the Awakairangi Hahi Mihingare, the Wellington Branch of Te Roopu Waiata Māori and Te Taura Here ō Ngāti Porou ki Pōneke. In 2016 Kitty was a finalist nominee for the Women of Influence award for recognition of women leadership in New Zealand and was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her dedication and services to Māori.

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
MWWL | Past President/Life Member
Atamira Kaumatua Advisory Group to Service Delivery | Co-chair
DIA – Wellington Operations Branch
Wellington Regional Māori Choir | Secretary

Prue Kapua

Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu

Māreikura Prue has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013 the current MWDI board of trustees chairperson and past Māori Women’s Welfare League (MWWL) National President. Prue is a lawyer and principal of Tamatekapua Law which specialises in employment, environmental, health, human rights and Treaty claims and largely advises Māori clients. Prue is involved with Tekau mā Rua, Māori Education Trust, Te Putahi Paoho and Chair of the World Health Organisation Compliance Panel on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. She is also a Legal Services Agency special advisor to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court, a Patron of Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ), and a trustee of the Breast Cancer Foundation and Kāhui Tū Kaha (Affinity Housing).

ORGANISATION AND ROLE
Tekau mā Rua | Member
Māori Education Trust | Trustee
Interim Te Roopu (Ministry of Justice) | Chair
World Health Organisational Compliance Panel | Chair
Waitangi Tribunal | Member
Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) | Patron
Breast Cancer Foundation | Board Member
Kāhui Tū Kaha (Affinity Housing) | Director
Oranga Tamariki | Design Group

Dr Hope Tupara

Ngā Pōtiki ā Tamapahore, Ngāti Hē, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Te Roroa

Ko Dr Hope Tupara te perehitini i kōwhiria e te Rōpū Ora Wahine Māori Toko i te Ora mai i Paenga Whāwhā 2022. He mema tūranga a ia o te peka o Taitoko ki Horowhenua, a, he Perehitini o mua kei Ikaroa mo ngā tau e rima.

Neke atu i te 20 tau te uru o Dr Tupara ki te hauora tūmatanui, hai kaiwhakawhānau. Te kaiwhakawhānau Māori tuatahi a ia i whakatūria ai ki te Kaunihera Nēhi o Aotearoa me te Kaunihera kaiwhakawhānau o Aotearoa.

He mema hoki a ia no te tīma whakaritenga o te Tiriti o Waitangi mo Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, i muri iho te heamana o Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, kātahi, te heamana o Te Rūnanga o Tūranganui-a-Kiwa.

He wheako whānui tana mo ngā pākihi, ngā papa whakahaere, i ngā tūnga tohutohu mo ngā Iwi whānui, mo te kāwanatanga hoki.

OUR KAIMAHI

Meet our kaimahi

Linda Clay

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatohea

Linda was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer for Māori Women's Development Inc in May 2022. Linda has been with Māori Women’s Development for 9 years as the Accountant and is responsible for overseeing MWDI financial services. Her unwavering commitment and dedication to the MWDI mission has helped her work with supporting wāhine Māori with an MWDI Business Loan.

Tessa Waikari-Gudgeon

MWDI Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Tessa has been with Māori Women’s Development for 6 years, her role is MWDI Communications & Stakeholder Engagement and is dedicated to supporting MWDI and wāhine and their whānau through communications.

Lynn Dick

MWDI Manager Lending & Programs

Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Hine, Patukeha, Ngāti Kuta, Ngāpūhi

Lynn has been with MWDI for 2 years and provides a wealth of experience, expertise and solutions to MWDI business lending.

Tristanne Dunlop

MWDI Program Delivery

Ngāti Rangatahi, Ngāti Maniapoto

Tristanne has been with MWDI for 3 years. Tristanne is dedicated to MWDI program devliery and is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Trustees.

Jade Kawana Eccles

MWDI Rangatahi Coordinator & Team Administrator

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa

Jade Kawana Eccles joins us with a wealth of experience in rangatahi and community engagement. As our Rangatahi Coordinator, Jade will be instrumental in connecting rangatahi and whānau with our programs and supporting their growth and success.

Sharon Page

MWDI Accountant

Sharon Page with her extensive background in finance and accounting brings a strong financial acumen and a meticulous eye for detail to our team.