Whānau Ora Champions


‘Whānau Champions – Piriwiritua (Piri) Rurawhe (Rātana), Pati Umaga, Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams, Brendon Pongia

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams has been chosen as one of the ‘Whānau Champions’ for Whānau Ora.

An initial group of four champions is charged with building support and visibility for the inclusive approach, complementing the work of the Governance Group and Regional Leadership Groups.

The others are Piriwiritua (Piri) Rurawhe (Rātana);  former national basketball player and media personality Brendon Pongia; and Pati Umaga – a Pacific disability advocate who is also one of What Ever It Takes clients.

The Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia, says the four individuals are respected and influential role models with a range of skills, knowledge and experience.

As well as gathering positive whānau stories of change, the champions will stimulate discussion, build greater understanding and encourage whānau engagement.

“It is now critical to accelerate the gains for whānau and to give effect to the Whānau Ora outcome goals,” says Mrs Turia..